Steps to Dancing the Horah
Horah is a traditional dance in Jewish weddings, bat mitzvahs, and bar mitzvahs. Many Jews refer to it as the unofficial king of the Israeli folk dances. The Hora is originally a Romanian folk dance and was brought from Eastern Europe by Jewish immigrants. In the past Hora was danced in the Kibbutzim and small communities. Later on, it became a part of every Jewish weddings and other Jewish celebrations in Israel, Canada and the United States. Horah is a fast and cheerful dance usually performed to the tune of Israeli folk songs or to the music of Hava Nagila.
- A group must form a circle. Ask each dancer to hold the hands of people on either side of them.
- As the music starts, each one must follow the circle as it rotates to the right.
- Step forward to the right with your left foot then move your right foot beside your left foot.
- Step to the side passing your left foot to your right foot.
- Step to the center of the circle while everyone hold hands. Lift your hands up into the air.
- Lower your hands as you move backward.
- Repeat these steps several times.
- Resume rotating around the circle.
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