Beginners Blog Nov-Dec 2016

I started a beginners group at Ohr Kodesh on November 1, 2016.  Here’s some of the dances I introduced during the beginners group!

Additional Dances

Even though the class ended on Dec 20, I am still teaching dances leading up to the Advanced Beginners class!

Bepundak Katan


Amalel Shir


Mocher Prachim


Lesson 8

This is the last lesson in the class!  We will dance all 15 dances we learned up to now and then learn one more line dance – Hinei Ma Tov.  Enjoy!

Lesson 7

I started this lesson by reviewing a Yemenite step and the dances Ma Navu and Al Kanfe HaKesef.  I then taught the line dance Think

Lesson 6

I started this lesson by teaching a Yemenite Step.  We practiced this step with your right foot and left foot both to the side and to the back.  I then taught the dance Ma Navu

I also taught the dance Al Kanfe Hakesef which has mayim, tcherkasia and yemenite steps:


Lesson 5

I started this lesson by reviewing Hora Agadati and Balada L’Maayan.  I then taught a Yemenite step and taught our first line dance – Sapri Tama:

then taught the line dance Mechol HaLahat.  Next week we will do Mechol HaLahat in two lines facing each other:


Lesson 4

I started lesson 4 by reviewing an open mayim step and the dances Tzadik Katamar and Eretz Eretz.  I then taught the dance Hora Agadati which was the first Israeli Dance created:

I then taught the dance Balada L’Maayan:


Lesson 3

I started lesson 3 by reviewing Hora Chadera and Hora Medura.  We also danced Mayim Mayim, Hora Nirkoda, Od Lo Ahavti Dai and Nigun Atik without a review!!!  I then slowed the pace down and taught Eretz Eretz.  The second part of this dance is very similar to the last part of Hora Chadera.  Here’s the video:

I then introduced an “open mayim” step which is found in the second part of Tzadik Katamar:


Lesson 2

I started lesson 2 by reviewing all of the steps and dances from Lesson 1.  I then introduced two new dances this week!  I started with the dance Hora Medura (hora around the campfire):

I then reviewed turning – both to the right along the circle and the left along the circle – and taught the dance Hora Chadera which has the same type of “chassidic” hand holding as Nigun Atik:


Lesson 1

I started by teaching a Mayim – or grapevine – step and taught the dance “Mayim Mayim“.  This video does the dance a little different than how I taught it – when we come out of the circle I taught that we jump up and down four times rather than taking four steps on the circle.

After this, I taught the dance “Hora Nirkoda” where I reviewed how to turn along the circle.

Next, I taught a tcherkasiah step which is found in the dance “Od Lo Ahavti Dai“.

After the first three dances that start with a mayim step, I a dance that does not start with a mayim step.  Here is Nigun Atik:

I’ll review all of these dances next week before introducing a few more!!!