Israel How to dance Israeli dances FREYLEKHS also called "hopke"(jump), is a jewish circle dance, joyfull and full of spirituality, whose steps are very different from a shtetl to another, keeping free for improvisation (Nathan Vizonsky).
Any dancer can constantly carry out spectacular, comic or impromptu exhibitions (shaynen) and the leader can initiate collective figures like "the snake" (oyfvikln zikh), "grand walk" or "the passage of the needle" (nodl un fodn). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YepydjAJ0jU .
The BULGARIAN (from "bulgaresti" or "bulgareasca" : with the bulgarian way) is a Bessarabian dance (Romania) – performed on a circle, on a line or by two couples, like SIRBA or COCEK, tzigane CHOCHEK, greek HASSAPIKO or israeli HORA, that was very popular on the beginning of 20th century. Music has a slow, medium or quick tempo, 8/8 with particular accents : 123 456 78. Dancers hold hands and do steps forwards or backwards, but increasingly more marked on the right so that the circle turns. Steps are repeated by groups of six and shift compared to the 8 count structured music. Thus this simple dance acquires a complex character with tensions and key times.
Doing the Dance Steps for Hava Nagila :
The dancers all join hands (or, in some traditions, the men hold a hankerchief with their female dance partners holding the other end) and begin to move in a circle. The steps are as follows: 1 Step the left foot across to the right. 2 Let the right foot follow. 3 Step the left foot in back of the right. 4 Follow again with the right.
Because the dance steps for Have Nagila are so simple, the dance lends itself to variation and ornamentation. For example:
- Dancers may form concentric circles, sometimes dancing in opposite directions.
- At bar and bat mitzvahs, the youth being celebrated may be lifted on a chair by several strong people in the center of the circle, or even along the motion of the circle.
- At Israeli weddings, as well, it is traditional to raise the bride and groom (and sometimes other family members) on chairs as well. see dance.lovetoknow.com
The patsh tants is a jewish polish circle country dance with a very typified music which needs on precise timings to clap hands or stamp feet.
The "slow Hora" or "romanian is a circle (or a line) dance on a 3 count music, common at jewish or goyim people of Romania, (Moldavia, Bessarabia, Bukovine) and other areas of Ukraine. It has nothing to do with israeli Hora ! Steps are slow and stealthily, giving a spiritual character to it, and making it accessible to all. see borzykowski.users.ch