Helpful videos

Israeli dance is held in the Person Senior Center 2 Wednesdays a month, 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. in room 3.
Person Senior Wing 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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We will expand the beginning lesson to 45 minutes, and we’ll keep repeating a set of basic dances that demonstrate various building block steps. We will try some styling exercises and talk about how to think about steps to make dances easier to follow.

After that we’ll go over a couple of solid repertory dances that have been popular for a long time.
After 7:40 I’ll be mixing intermediate dances with easy-to follow ones for recreational dancing.
Sometimes it looks like a little bit of walkthrough will get more people up and dancing a particular dance, so I’ll explain things briefly.
At 8:00 or so we can work on a new or review intermediate dance.
8:15 to 9:15 will have mostly intermediate dances, but if beginners stay we will do occasional simpler dances.
Here is a list of links to helpful videos of dances.
In the world of YouTube, you can find almost any dance, which is very helpful. I will post a few links here, but once you start looking you will see many more videos. Particularly helpful for beginners is Gadi Biton’s series with the purple curtain background. We will do these every time. One fun aspect is to notice how many countries these videos come from! There is also HebrewSongs.com which will tell you the meaning of every song.
Beginner dances:
Lo Ahavti dai (mayim or grapevine step, cherkassiya step) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BckjDHgf1_o
Hora Hadera (Hassidic style) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKZX8kuuiL8
Harishut (Yemenite steps and song) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfF3oCaKxH0    another Yemenite song sung by Ofra Haza with yemenite steps to show style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9u3-QonfJU
Debka Kafrit (Arabic- style) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pQqO_Sz2o8
Hora Agadati (first Israeli folk dance) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSfurqTShz8
Ma Navu (may be the best-known dance)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw-dzdE_4ig
HaShoshana Porachat–Ladino Sephardic dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWAK2AlRYUI
repertoire dances:
Erev Ba (very well known worldwide) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1QrJQ2nECA
Or Chadash (Has been very popular for a long time. Has posing step used in other dances) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8KAJXu7cM0
Rona (the first step is called the Rona step and appears in other dances) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYenlgvwbMo
Amarin (Egyptian song, quite a few Israeli dances are to songs from other middle eastern countries) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP_nekGJU4c
Kol Nederai, maybe the easiest of the wafting about dances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvIG3Lu62z0
We’ve been working on these easier intermediate dances

Aaron Alpert taught Israeli at Folklore camp. In case you’re curious, he taught these dances  (I may be missing some):

Ones we do–
Arba Onot   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcSJmOFiBSg
Lechu Neranena https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oggyUTw0GDQ
Lecha Karati https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuU_DFSWJeU
Eretz Eretz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHOleBVOCew
Aneni  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTYyKJZOe4

He taught these that we don’t know:
Ki LeOlam Chasdo (I really like this one) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTYyKJZOe4
Tfilot  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYTYyKJZOe4

Newer dances: (Please let me know what new dances you like)
Lev Patuach (cute–  uses posing step) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtFHufl2jhQ
Be well,
Leanne