Helpful videos

Israeli dance is held in the Person Senior Center 2 Wednesdays a month, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in room 3. In the fall this will change to 6:45 to 7:15.
Person Senior Wing 2060 West College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

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The new catalog and registration for fall/ winter comes out July 17

September 4 and 11
October 2, 16, 23

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.
Dancers, here is a list of links to helpful videos of dances. We’ve been working on these easier intermediate dances
We’ll keep working on Mamriim

We are not going to be bringing in new dances at ferocious East and South Bay rates, but if there are new dances that appeal to people we can work on them, or maybe do them at the very end for die-hards….

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
Lechu Neranena
Lecha Karati
Eretz Eretz

Ones we don’t do:
Ki LeOlam Chasdo (I really like this one)

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 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 which will tell you the meaning of every song.
Beginner dances:
Lo Ahavti dai (mayim or grapevine step, cherkassiya step)
Hora Hadera (Hassidic style)
Harishut (Yemenite steps and song)    another Yemenite song sung by Ofra Haza with yemenite steps to show style
Debka Kafrit (Arabic- style)
Hora Agadati (first Israeli folk dance)
Ma Navu (may be the best-known dance)
repertoire dances:
Erev Ba (very well known worldwide)
Or Chadash (Has been very popular for a long time. Has posing step used in other dances)
Rona (the first step is called the Rona step and appears in other dances)
Amarin (Egyptian song, quite a few Israeli dances are to songs from other middle eastern countries)
Newer dances: (Please let me know what new dances you like)
Lev Patuach (cute–  uses posing step)
Be well,