Amongst the Hebrews, and other ancient people, dancing was part of a religious ritual (Exod. 32: 19), but the cultic dance of David wearing only a short linen ephod as he led the Ark to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6: 14) was deemed by his wife Michal to cheapen the royal dignity. Dancers are mentioned in the NT as welcoming the homecoming of the prodigal son (Luke 15: 25), and as part of children's play (Luke 7: 32), but also, more sinisterly, when the daughter of Herodias excited the guests of Herod Antipas (Mark 6: 22).