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  Adonai S'Fatai  *   
  Al Sadenu  
  Alleluia  
Ani Ma'Amin  
Ashreinu  
Bai Ya Mim  
  Balada Lama'Yan  
Barchu Et Adonai  
  Breathe On Me  
  Chofesh  
Clap Your Hands  
Come Let's Go Up  
Debka DaLuna  
Debka Kafrit  
Debka Mimouna  
Dror Yikra  
Erev Ba  
  Give Thanks to the Lord  
  Good News  
  Halleu Et Adonai  
  Halleluya  
Hanokdim  
Harmonica  
Hava Nagila  
He Shall Reign  
  Hear Now  
Hine Ma Tov  
  Hine Yeshua  
  Holy Holy Holy  
  Hora  

Hora Agadati  
Hora Chadera  
  Hora Chedva   *  
Hora Habika  
Hora Kendall  
Hora Medura  
Hora Nirkoda  
  Hora Or 1  
  Hora Or 2  
  Hora Or 3  
  Hora Yamit  
Hulu  
  I Am Bending My Knee  *  
I Belong to Jesus   *  
I Will Talk to My Brothers  
Im Hu Pal Nu      

 

Kadosh  
Klezmer  
  Kol Dodi  
  Kuriya Yefi Fiya  
  La Kabalat Shabbat  
Latter Days  *  
Let Us Adore / Sing Hallelujah  
Lord is My Strength, The  *  
Ma Navu  
Mashav Ruach  
  Master of All Things  
Mayim Balance Skip-Hop  *  
Mayim, Mayim  
Mi Ha Ish

 

Mikamocha  
Miserlu  
  Nevel Mizahav  
Niguna Shel Yosi  
O Give Thanks  
  O Jah   *  
Od Lo Ahavati Dai

 

Od Ye Shama  
On Your Walls Oh Jerusalem

 

  Oseh Shalom  
Peace of Jerusalem

 

  Praise Is Awaiting You  
Praise Movement  
Resting Place, A  
Roni Bat Zion  
  Romemu  
  Shalom Aleichem  
Shalom  Jerusalem  *  
Shalom My Home  *  
Shebelet Basadah  
  Shehechianu  *  
Sheleg Al Iri  
Shir HaShirim  
Shiri Li Kinneret  
Sing and Dance  *  
  Sing Hallelujah  
Sisu v'Simchu  
Sulam Yaakov  
Tsadik Katamar  
  Tsur Mishelo Achalnu  
Watchman  *  
  We Delight  *  
Who Is Like You  *  
  Worthy is the Lamb  *  
  Yedid Nefesh  
Yevarechecha  
  You Are Holy  *  
Zemer Atik

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

             

There are often several variations of the same dance, and frequently, several dances for the same song.  Remember to be courteous when visiting other groups, as they may not use the same version you are familiar with.

  Israeli Folk Dances 

Click on a link to the left to find out more
about the steps involved in each dance.

             



Dance Notations & Abbreviations:

HH (Holding Hands), CW (Clock-Wise Direction),
CCW (Counter-Clock-Wise Direction), R (Right) L (Left),
2x (Two Times)




We are continually adding educational YouTube video links to the dances that we work with.
Most of the videos are "practice" sessions from our Israeli Folk Dace Classes with plenty of mistakes,
but swill still provide you a visual to accompany the written dance instructions.






Adonai S'Fatai - "Open My Mouth Lord"
                                 Choreographed by C
DL/Machol

Intro count of 24
Part 1
L Mayim 15 w/Lift, R Mayim 15 w/Lift (1x) 

Part 2A
R steps R, L behind R, R steps R, lean R, L heel pointing L,
Lifting hands L.
L steps L, R behind L, L steps L, lean L, R heel pointing R,
Lifting hands R.
R steps R, L heel pointing L, lifting hands L.
L steps L, R heel pointing R, lifting hands R, 3-pt-turn R.

Part 2B
L steps L, R behind L, L steps L, lean L, R heel pointing R,
Lifting hands R.
R steps R, L behind R, R steps R, lean R, L heel pointing L,
Lifting hands L.
L steps L, R heel pointing R, lifting hands R.
R steps R, L heel pointing L, lifting hands L, 3-pt-turn L.
(4x)

Part 3
Walking CCW with hands straight-out in front of you, RLRL
Extend R heel in front and lean back,
Extend R toe behind and lean forward
(4x - alternate with part 2)

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Adonai S'Fatai - Jonathan Settel



Al Sadenu - "Over Our Fields"

Part 1
Step R with R, Coupe R (LRL), Coupe L (RLR), Balance LR,
Cross L in front of R, R joins, Cross L in front of R, R joins.
Repeat All
Part 2
Into center of circle RLR-Brush, Into center RLR-Brush,
Coupe R (LRL), Coupe L (RLR), 3-pt-turn CW out of circle,
Coupe R (LRL), R Open Grapevine (6 Steps-RLRLRL)
Repeat ALL

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Al Sadenu - Hebrew
Ancient Words - Robin Mark
Depths of the Sea - Avner & Rachel Boskey
Yom Teruah - Steve McConnell

Alleluia

Part 1
Forward Step-Hop on R foot to L side,
Step-Hop on L foot by crossing in front of R foot,
Backward Step-Hop on R foot,
Step-Hop on L foot to L,
Yemenite R-Hop, Yemenite L-Hop,
L Mayim, L Tcherkessia, L Mayim, L Tcherkessia.

Part 2
4 CW Step-Hop turns to R,
4 CCW Step-Hop turns to L,
R Open-Mayim, R Yemenite, Close.
4 CCW Step-Hop turns to L,
4 CW Step-Hop turns to R,
L Open-Mayim, L Yemenite, Close.

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
How I Praise You - Paul Wilbur
Medley # 2 - Billy Whitman
Yoducha Amin Elohim - Steve McConnell

Ani Ma'Amin - "I Believe"

This has become one of our favorite dances.  We will frequently modify it by dropping Part B
(due to the excessive hoping and jumping) making it more accessible to a larger group of participants.


YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Ani Ma'Amin" - Traditional version with all three parts)


YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Beyond" - This is a modified version of the dance. 
The song is "Beyond" by Dan Nichols and can be purchased
                                 at http://www.oysongs.com)


Circle, Facing Center, arms bent at elbows, holding hands
Part A
Kibbutz step to R & L , 2 Jazz Squares, 2 Left Mayims,
1 Tcherkessia to center, 1 Yemenite Style Turn (Basketball Turn),
2 Left Mayims, 1 Tcherkessia to center
1 Yemenite Style Turn (Basketball Turn)

Part B
Jump on both feet, Hop onto R foot, Quick Steps - L behind, R to side, L in front (4 count sequence), Repeat
R steps R, L steps across front of R, balance back on R, L balances L (like a R coupe)
2 Quick Turns R in 4 steps total (1/2 turn per step) clap on 2nd & 4th step
Repeat all of B

Part C
Into center, open hands
Step fwd. R, touch L forward (L shoulder goes in),
Out 3 little steps LRL (cha cha cha type steps)
(Repeat)

1 Tcherkessia
1/ 2 turn on R shoulder to face out, rock back on R, balance on L
Repeat all C facing out of circle
(the 1/2 turn at end brings you back to the beginning of the dance)
Finish with Part A- Kibbutz step, 2 Jazz Squares

Song Suggestions:
Ani Ma Amin - Hebrew
Behold - Dan Nichols
Cup of Salvation - Avner and Rachel Boske
y
Halleluyah - Neal Katz
I Cry Holy - Dennis Jernigan
Israel My Beloved - Karen Davis
Let It Be Known - Karen Davis
Lord God of Abraham - Paul Wilbur
On the Wings of the Wind - Zemer Levav
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem - Sababa
Yevarechecha - Barry & Batya Segal
You Who Fear the Lord - Jonathan Settel (Very Fast)
 

Ashreinu
Song: Avraham Fried

Intermediate level due to the number of parts to the dance

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Ashreinu" Performance - at Evening Honoring Israel)




YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Ashreinu" Practice - with the transitions)


YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Ashreinu" Practice - with just one circle)

Intro

(2 lines) Hassidic Hands
Walk R(1) L(2), Run R(3), L(4), R(5), L(6)

(4x)

Part 1
Step R toward Center (Lifting L)
Hop backwards on R (2 steps)
L Back Yemenite
Basketball Turn to face outward
L Step Backwards

(4x)


Part 2
R steps R, L crosses R – R steps R, L crosses R
R Yemenite, L Yemenite
R steps R, L crosses R – R steps R, L crosses R
R Yemenite, 2 L Heel (touching floor)

L steps L, R crosses L – L steps L, R crosses L
L Yemenite, R Yemenite
L steps L, R crosses L – L steps L, R crosses L
L Yemenite, 2 R Heel (touching floor)

Part 3
Step R toward Center (Lifting L)
Hop backwards on R (2 steps)
In Place LRL
Tckersiah 1(R)  2(L)  3(RL)  4(R)

Step L toward Center (Lifting R)
Hop backwards on L (2 steps)
In Place RLR
Tckersiah 1(L) 2(R) 3(LR) 4(L)
(All of Part 2 - 2x)

Dance Progression:
Intro, 1, 2, 3, 2 (make two circles - Outer facing in - Inner facing out)
Intro, 1, 2 (1 circle facing out of center)
3, 2 (1 circle facing center)
Intro (move to 2 lines), 1, 2, 3, 2 (Move to single circle), 1 (add twist)

Coda:
Kibbutz RLRLRL, 1 Jazz-Square toward center, 1 R 360 Circle,
Hop around 180 with Hands up.

Song:

Fortunate us,
How good is our portion,
And how pleasant our destiny,
How beautiful is our inheritance.


Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Ashreinu - Avraham Fried




Bai Ya Mim - "In Those Days"

This dance is beautiful and a lot of fun.  The "Brush Step" makes this one lovely to look at,
yet simple enough for people to pick up without having a lot of instruction.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Bai Ya Min" - Dance With Traditional Music by LAMB)


Part 1
Facing toward center of circle, Brush-step w/R foot (Arms in open Motion,  1 1/2  L Mayim (R behind L, R in-front-of L, R behind L)
(All 4x)

Part 2
Into center of circle, Skip R & Snap, Skip L & Snap,
Out of circle, R, L, R, L   (Skip can be a step to simplify)
(All 2x)

Part 3
3-point-turn R and clap, 3-point-turn L and clap,
Into center of circle, Skip R & Snap, Skip L & Snap,
Out of circle, R, L, R, L (All 2x)

Song Suggestions:
Bai Ya Meem - Lamb
Blessed is Adonai - Steve MCConnell
Come Now is the Time to Worship
First Fruits - Steve McConnell
Hine Yeshua - Jonathan Settel
Hoshia Et Amecha - Barry and Batys Segal
Look At 'Em Go - Lamb
Mikamocha Adonai - Chuck King
Mimizrach - Ted Pearce
Rumah Adonai - Jonathan Settel

Shir Moshe - Jonathan Settel
Sukkot Song - Steve McConnell
When You Rise Up - Lamb

With God We'll Gain the Victory - Lamb
Year of Jubilee - Lamb



Balada Lama'Yan - "Song to the Spring"     
                                      
Part 1 HH (CCW), Rock forward on R, back on L, forward on R, L touches beside R,
Rock forward on L, back on R, forward on L, R touches beside L
Step forward on R, Touch L beside R, Snap R,
Step forward on L, Touch R beside L, Snap L,
2-pt-turn CW, Sway & Snap R then L,
2-pt-turn CW, Sway & Snap R then L,
R Open Mayim

Part 2 (Facing Center)  Rock forward on R, back on L, forward on R, Brush L,
Rock forward on L, back on R, forward on L, Brush R,
Back R Yemenite, Tcherkessia into R back L drag, R back L drag.

Song Suggestions:
Balada Lama'Yan - Hebrew



Barchu Et Adonai  - "Bless the Lord" - by Paul Wilbur

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Barchu Et Adonai"

This dance is a wonderful worship dance.

Part 1 (Musical Interlude)
CCW, Extended Hassidic Hands
Walk R L R L, Sway R, Sway L, Sway Back, Sway Front (Repeat)

Part 2
Drop Hands, Open R, L Crosses Over, (R Hand Up, L Down – Hands Cross Over)   (Repeat)
2-Point Turn R, Yemenite R. (R Hand Up, L Behind Back during turn)
Drop Hands, Open L, R Crosses Over, (L Hand Up, L Down – Hands Cross Over)    (Repeat)
2-Point Turn L, Yemenite L. (L Hand Up, R Behind Back during turn)

Part 3
Hands Up in Praise
3-Point-Turn R (Up on toes), 3-Point-Turn L (Up on toes), Join Hands
L Mayim 3-Up, R Mayim 3-Up (Repeat)


Song Suggestions:
Blessed Are You - Paul Wilbur



Breathe on Me - choreographed by CDL/Machol
Mikamocha (2x); Tsadik Katamar (2X)
Alternate Possibilities: Hanokdim (1st & 2nd Parts); Ma Na Vu (All)

Song Suggestions:
Breathe On Me - Jonathan Settel



Chofesh  - "Freedom"

You'll love this one one you learn it.

Part 1 
   (Circle Dance  -  HH)

CCW…Walk R, L, Hora R;  Walk L, R, Hora L

Turn - CCW turn - by way of L shoulder as you Balance R, Balance L
Facing & traveling slightly toward center, Cross R over L, Cross L over R

Step-Hop R, Rock back on L foot as you touch with R heel in front


Part 2    (Not HH)

(Toward center) Basketball turn - Walk R, L, R-pivot;
(Away from center) Basketball turn - Walk R, L, R-pivot
(Toward center) Hora R, Hora L (Hand follows foot; R hand up, L hand up);

4-pt CW Turn By way of R shoulder (ending CCW at dance starting position)

Song Suggestions:
Shout For Joy - Paul Wilbur
Purify Me - Clay Crosse
Walk In the Light - Ted Pearce




Clap Your Hands - Lamb

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Clap Your Hands"

This is an "old" dance from the LAMB classic song, "Clap Your Hands".

Part 1
CW, L Mayim, Balance (4x)
Part 2
R Open Mayim, 3-pt-turn R (R L R), Coupe R ending with a Clap,
Coupe L ending with a Clap, Balance (R L R L)  (2x)

Song Suggestions:
Clap Your Hands - Lamb



Come Let's Go Up to the Mountain - Paul Wilbur
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This dance is a modified version of "Od Ye Shama"

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance to the song  while dancing "Od Ye Shama"



CW
Hora step R L, 3-point turn CW, Step R, Toe point LRLR (Repeat)
Clap Sequence: (2x)
Toward center: RLR, hop on R while clapping,
Away from Center: LRL, hop on L while clapping.
Turn CW, L hand on hip, R hand in air,
Turn CCW, L hand on hip, R hand in air.
Mayim (4x)

SEQUENCE:
1. Hora/Turn/Step (2x), Clap Sequence (2x), Mayim (4x)
2. Hora/Turn/Step (2x), Clap Sequence (4x), Mayim (4x)
3. Hora/Turn/Step (2x), Clap Sequence (4x) Mayim (2x)
4. Praise Dance (3x), Mayim (4x)
5. Hora/Turn/Step (2x), Clap Sequence (4x), Mayim (3x), Hands Up

Song Suggestions:
Come Let's Go Up - Paul Wilbur



Debka DaLuna

This dance involves quick footwork. to the song "Ancient Gates"

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance to the song "Ancient Gates" by Avner & Rachel Boskey



Part 1
HH, Facing Center, CCW, R steps R, L Behind R, R steps R,
L “touches” R, L steps L, R Brush-Hop (4x)
(Call “Right, Behind, Right, Touch, Left, Brush-Hop”)

Part 2
R step Forward toward Center, L Heel toward Center, Jump Backwards
on both feet, Kick R Forward, R-Hop-Hop backward, L touch,
R-Hop-Hop backward, L touch.  (2x)
(Call “Right, Heel, Stoop, Kick, R-Hop-Touch, R-Hop-Touch”)

Song Suggestions:
Ancient Gates - Avner & Rachel Boskey
Cup of Salvation - Avner & Rahel Boskey
O Deliverer - Matthew Ward

Rumah Adonai - Jonathan Settel
Wings of the Wind - Zemer Levav



Debka Kafrit - "Village Debka"

This dance is a fairly simple Jewish line dance.  Great for all ages and levels.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Debka Kafrit" - Dance with the Traditional Hebrew Music)


Part 1
Intro count of 8, Open circle, CCW, HH (16-count),
L Stomp (1 2 3 4),
L step L, R toe closes, R step R, L toe closes,
     Repeat 6 times - 12 counts,
Swing arms (large swing) in same direction of lead foot.

Chorus Part A
 
Toward center of circle (16-count)
L step L & R closes, Heels Bounce Bounce, (L Bounce Bounce)
L step L & R closes, Heels Bounce Bounce, (L Bounce Bounce)
L step L & R closes, Heels Bounce Bounce, (L Bounce Bounce)
Lift R, Hop out of circle on L (2x), R down. (Hop Hop Down)

Chorus Part B
 
Toward center of circle (16-count)
(1 movement) L steps L & R beside w/R heel up, R heel down,
(1 movement) L steps L & R beside w/R heel up, R heel down,
(1 movement) L steps L & R beside w/R heel up, R heel down,
Lift R, Hop out of circle on L (2x), R down. (Hop Hop Down)

Chorus Part C
 
Toward center of circle (16-count)
L & R twist toward center w/R heel up, Twist back,
L & R twist toward center w/R heel up, Twist back,
L & R twist toward center w/R heel up, Twist back,
Lift R, Hop out of circle on L (2x), R down. (Hop Hop Down)

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Debka Kafrit - Hebrew
Hallelu Et Adonai - Barry & Batya Segal
Adonai Yimloch L'Olam V'Ed - Steve McConnell



Debka Mimouna

This dance is awesome because of the Debka Step and a somewhat challenging 180 degree spin. 
This one is better suited for the Intermediate to Advanced Dancer.

YouTube Video Link 
(Traditional Israeli Folk Dance)

Part 1a    HH, Facing center of circle, Moving CCW,
R steps R, L crosses R, R steps R, L crosses R, Balance R L,
Quick jump crossing L in front of R & R behind L, Stomp with R.

Part 1b 
R steps R, L crosses R, R steps R, L crosses R,
R Yemenite, Step with L to L.(Repeat 1a & 1b)

Part 2    Moving into center, Debka R L R L, stomp with R,

L back Yemenite (LRL), Stomp R twice,
Walk backwards from center RLRL, Stomp R,
L back Yemenite (LRL), Stomp R.

Part 3a  Facing CCW, Not HH, Hands clasp chest level,

Hora R (RLR), Hora L (LRL),
L hand shoulder height & stationary, Swing R arm & Clap R hand against L,
Spin 1 full turn (180 Degree Spin) CCW on L foot (after the clap)

Part 3b  Facing CCW

Hora R (RLR), Hora L (LRL),
L hand shoulder height & stationary, Swing R arm & Clap R hand against L,
Spin turn CCW to face Center

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Debka Mimouna

Dror Yikra - "He Will Proclaim Freedom"

I always enjoy finding dances that look different.  This one includes a Brush Step and a Lung down to the R Knee. 
Intermediate to Advanced Dance.

YouTube Video Link 
(Traditional Israeli Folk Dance)

Part 1
Open Circle, HH (If closed circle, face center)
R to R side, L behind R, R-Open Mayim,
R Yemenite (RLR),
L to L side, R behind L, L-Open Mayim,
L Yemenite (LRL),
Lightly Stomp R foot 2x.
Repeat ALL

Part 2
Dropping Hands (Facing Center of Circle)
Step Forward on R, Ho on R, Step Forward on L,
     (Hands: "How" in American Sign Language)
Repeat

R Yemenite, L Yemenite,
R-Stomp-Brush Forward, Hop on L foot, R-Back-Yemenite,
Hop on R Foot, Lifting L,
Go down on R-Knee, with L-Knee bent forward,
Snap both hands LRLR side of L-Knee (Count 1234)
     (Variation: Cross arms at writs and snap RLRL, beside of L-Knee)
Stand-up,
R Yemenite, L Yemenite,
     (Hands: Out in front of you)
Walk CW Circle "in-place" while hands are raised and snapping (1234)
Repeat All of 2

Song Suggestions:
Dror Yikra - Hebrew

Erev Ba "Evening Comes"

YouTube Video Link 
(Traditional Israeli Folk Dance)

Circle Dance – with a mixture of HH & not

Part 1
(Facing center) R coupe

(Flip to face Cw) Step L on L ft, then R, together R, Hold (Touch L toe @ R instep)
7 Grapevine steps in CCW direction (Beginning with the L ft),
Hold (Touch R toe @ L instep)
(Stationary) 3-pt turn R

Part 2
(Facing center) R coupe, L coupe, R coupe

(Flip to face CW) Step L on L ft, then R, together R, Hold (Touch L toe @ R instep)
7 Grapevine steps in CCW direction (Beginning with the L ft),
Hold (Touch R toe @ L instep)
(Stationary) 3-pt turn R

Part 3
(Facing center) R coupe, L coupe (@ this point weight is on L ft)

(Flip to face outside circle – HH)
Step R on R ft, Cross with L ft (in front),
Step R on R ft, Cross with L ft (in front),
Step R on R ft, Cross with L ft (in front),
Balance R,  balance L (To change line of direction)

Part 4
(Traveling opposite line of direction)

Cross with R ft (in front of L), Step L on L ft,
Cross with R ft (in front of L), Step L on L ft,
Cross with R ft (in front of L), Step L on L ft,
(Release hands & flip to face center as you execute the next 2 balance steps)Balance R, Balance L


Song Suggestions:

Erev Ba
                                                                                                                                                                                



Give Thanks to the Lord (by Paul Wilbur)

Dance Version 1
Part 1
4 walking steps CCW R L R L, Touch R toe Front, Back, Front, Back.

Part 2
Facing center of circle, R foot steps R, R hand goes up,
L foot steps L, L hand goes up, 3-point-turn R w/both hands up.

Part 3
CCW small steps R L R Hop, CW small steps L R L Hop,
Hop R, Hop L, Step R L R.

Dance Version 2
Part 1
X X X X (Two rows, facing each other)
X X X X
Hands up, 3 R Slides, Step R L R In-place,
3 L Slides, Step R L R In-place.

Part 2
Lift R Knee and slap with both hands (hands doing figure 8),
Lift L Knee and slap with both hands,
Lift R Knee and slap with both hands,
Lift L Knee and slap with both hands. (Girls: Beside head, clap R L R L).

Part 3
Both hands up, “Do-se-do” CW while touching R hands
(Stepping 1,2,3…1,2,3…back home 1,2,3…1,2,3)


Song Suggestions:
Give Thanks to the Lord - Paul Wilbur



Good News (by Ted Pearce)

This dance is pretty intense because the entire dance is performed by hopping, skipping and turning. 
The Yemenite step makes the dance an Intermediate to Advanced Dance. 

Part 1  
No HH, Facing Center
R-Hop, L-Hop, Out-2-3-4 (RLRL)
HH, L-Hopping-Mayim (R-Hop, L-Hop, R-Hop, L-Hop)
(CCW) R L R-Hop, L R L-Hop,
Facing Center, No HH, Hands Lifted, R-Together-R, L-Together L
(2x)

Part 2 
HH, R-Open Mayim, No HH, R-2-Pt-Hopping-Turn,
R Yemenite, L Yemenite
(All 2x)


Turn: R-2-Pt-Hopping-Turn

Tag (1x)
No HH, Center, R-Hop, L-Hop, Out-2-3-4,
L-Hopping-Mayim  (R-Hop, L-Hop, R-Hop, L-Hop)

Part 3 
(CW) HH, L Mayim, Step R Kick L, Step L Kick R, L 7-Up Hop

(CCW)   R Mayim, Step L Kick R, Step R Kick L, R 7-Up Hop
(All 2x) (Part 3 is done only 1 time during the dance)

Turn:  R-2-Pt-Hopping-Turn

Dance Progression:

1, 1, 2, 2, Turn, Tag, 1, 1, 2, 2, Turn, 3, Turn, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, Turn, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2

Song Suggestions:
Good News - Ted Pearce
Mashiach Ben David - Lenny & Varda Harris
Mayim Chaim - Zemer Levav
Simchat Chatanim - MJAA
Zeh Hayom - Sue Samuels




Hallelu Et Adonai "Praise the Lord" by Ted Pearce

This dance is pretty simple - BUT it is also very intense because of the speed, skipping and hopping.

Part 1  
Circle, CCW, No HH
R Open-Hopping Mayim (Skip R L, Pivot over L Shoulder & Skip backward R L)
2-Pt-Turn (Arms Up) - End facing center
Sway R L
(All - 4x)


Part 2 
Skip-Hop R L

Face Center, Right Slide (R-together-R) Skip-Hop L R
Face Out of Circle, Left Slide (L-together-L)
(All - 4x)


Part 3 
Facing Center

Modified Praise Movement
(Toward Center, R Hop, L Hop - swing L arm as moving in)
(Out of Circle, R Hop, L Hop),
CCW, 2-Hopping 2-Pt-Turns
2 Box-Steps/Jazz Square toward Center (with Hands)
(All - 4x)

Dance Progression: 1, 2,   1, 2, 3,   1  End with 2

Song Suggestions:
Don't Let Me Fall Away - Zemer Levav
Doorkeeper - Zemer Levav
Etz Hamishalot - MJAA
Go Through the Gates - Barry & Batya Segal
Hallelu Et Adonai - Ted Pearce
Mayim Chaim - Zemer Levav
On Your Walls Jerusalem - Barry & Batya Segal
Sim Shalom Too - Steve McConnell (Very Slow)





Halleluya

Part 1  4 steps CCW (RLRL) with Snaps,
     Face Center, Sway R Clap-Clap, Sway L Clap
4 steps CW (RLRL) with Snaps, Face Center, Sway R Clap-Clap, Sway L Clap.

Part 2  Into Center RLR-Hop, Out LRL-Hop, 2 L Mayims (Repeat part 2)



Hanokdim - "The Shepherds Dance"

This dance is a wonderful worship dance, but should be classified as Intermediate due to the Yemenite Step.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance to the song "Be Not Afraid" by Sue Samuel)


Part 1
Facing CW, R Yemenite, L-together-L;  R Yemenite, L steps L, R joins,
L Yemenite, R-together-R, L Yemenite, R steps R, L joins

Part 2
Facing center, R steps R, L heel
(hands above shoulders and fingers snap on each heel)
L steps L, R heel, 3-point-turn R  
(repeat 3X)

Part 3
(Arms wrapped to elbow during parts 3 and 4)
CCW - R steps R, L behind R, R to side, L heel
CW – L steps L, R behind L, L to side, R heel
CCW run 4 steps RLRL, right hora (RLR), left hora (LRL)
(repeat)

Part 4
Into center RLR hop, Backing out, LRL hop
CCW - R steps R, L behind R, R to side, L heel
CW – L steps L, R behind L, L to side, R heel

Song Suggestions:

Adore - Jaci Velazquez
B'Tach B'Adonai - Chuck King
Blessed Is Adonai - Steve McConnell
Hanokdim - Hebrew Song
Have Mercy Upon Me - Chuck King
He Shall Reign - Paul Wilbur
I Am Bending My Knee - Kirk Dearman
I Am Crucified - I Can Only Imagine - Mercy Me
Kaddish - Jonathan Settel
O God You Are My God - Chuck King
Sacrifice Lamb - Lamb
Shalom Jerusalem - Paul Wilbur

Sing Hallelujah - Lamb
Song of Moses - Paul Wilbur

Where Does My Help Come From - Paul Wilbur

 

Harmonica

I've often thought that this is the dance King David must have danced when the
Ark of the Covenant was brought up to Jerusalem.  The exuberance of this dance is awesome. 
The Coupe-Hop can be challenging for Beginners.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Harmonica" - Dance With Traditional Music)


Part 1
CW, L Mayim, Skip-Hop R, Skip-Hop L. (4x)

Part 2
L Coupe-Hop, R Coupe-Hop, L Coupe-Hop,
CCW, Skip-Hop L, Skip-Hop R.

R Coupe-Hop, L Coupe-Hop, R Coupe-Hop,
CW, Skip-Hop R, Skip-Hop L.

Part 3
Facing Center, R Hora, Left Hora, CCW, Run RLRL (4x)

Song Suggestions:
Adonai Yimlach L'Olam - Steve McConnell
Ani Ma Amin - Jonathan Settel
Come Let Us Go Up - Paul Wilbur
First Fruits - Steve McConnell
Harmonica - Hebrew Song
Halalu Et Adonai - Barry and Batya Segal
Jesus Christ is Lord - Paul Wilbur
Look At 'Em Go - Lamb

MIkamocha Adonai - Chuck King
Sukkot Song - Steve McConnell
Tzion Tzion Tzion - Jonathan Settel

Zealous Over Zion - Ted Pearce




Hava Nagila - "Let Us Rejoice & Be Glad"

This simple Beginner's Dance is a traditional favorite.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Nava Nagila" - Dance With Traditional Music)


Part 1     L Hora (for the Hava Nagila part of the song)
Part 2     Balance Steps (RLRLRL) (for the "u-ru..." middle part
Part 3     L Mayim (latter part of the song)
Song Suggestions:
Hava Nagila - Barry and Batya Segal
Hava Nagila - Marty Goetz



He Shall Reign (by Paul Wilbur)

This dance is even simple enough for children.

Part 1
  Walking, Single Clap R, then L, then R, Double Clap L.
Part 2   Walking CCW, hands on shoulders.

The BEST dance to use for this song is actually ZEMER ATIK.  It works well and is suitable for a Beginner Group.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "He Shall Reign 1" - Zemer Atik)

YouTube Video Link 

(Machol Dancers - "He Shall Reign 2" - a simpler dance to do with the song)


Song Suggestions:
He Shall Reign - Paul Wilbur



Hear Now  (by Israel's Hope)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

Part 1
Tcherkessia, Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop, (repeat 3x)

Part 2
3 L Mayims, Mayim lift, 3 R Mayims, 1 Mayim lift, Balance, (repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Hear Now - Paul Wilbur



Hine Ma Tov - "Behold How Good"

There are probably more versions of this Israeli Folk Dance than most.  Version 1 is the more traditional version.  Version 3 is the first version of the dance that I learned and a real nice variation.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Hine Ma Tov" - Traditional dance and music)


Hands
CCW, Left hand resting on your left shoulder (palm up), right hand resting on left shoulder of person in front of you (palm down). If you are the first or last person, free hand is on hip.

Version 1

Part 1
  (This is the same for all 3 versions)
4 slow Debka steps (RLRL), 8 quick walking/running steps.  (Repeat)

Part 2 
Facing Center of Circle, HH
R Stomp, R Back Yemenite, L Stomp,
R Yemenite, L Yemenite


Version 2

Part 1
 
4 slow Debka steps (RLRL), 8 quick walking/running steps.  (Repeat)

Part 2 
Facing Center of Circle, HH
R Stomp, L Back Yemenite, R Stomp,
R Yemenite, L Yemenite


Version 3

Part 1
4 slow walking steps RLRL (bending knee with each step), 8 quick steps
(Repeat)

Part 2
Tcherkessia, Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Happy Song - Don Moen
Hine Ma Tov - Paul Wilbur

Hine Ma Tov - Barry & Batya Segal
 



Hineh Yeshua 1 - "Here is Yeshua" (by Jonathan Settel)

Part 1

CCW, HH
Walk RLRL, Rock Forward & Backward RLRL
Walk RLRL, Rock RLRL,
Walk RL, Drop Hands, Pivot CW & Walk Backwards CCW RL
3-Pt-Turn, Coupe R, Coupe L,
Balance RLR, Kick L & Hands go up.

Part 2  Reverse
CW, HH
Walk LRLR, Rock LRLR,
Walk LRLR, Rock LRLR,
Walk LR, Drop Hands, Pivot CCW & Walk Backwards CW LR,
3-Pt-Turn, Coupe L, Coupe R,
Balance LRL, Kick R & Hands go up.

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Adonai S'Fatai - Jonathan Settel
Hine Yeshua - Jonathan Settel


Hine Yeshua 2 - "Here is Yeshua"
Choreographed by CDL/Machol


Part 1
CCW, 2 L Mayims, Box-Step,
2 L Mayims, Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop

Part 2
Walk toward Center of Circle (RLRL) slowly raising hands,
Back out of Circle (RLRL), lowering hands & turning on last
2 steps so you’re facing away from the center of circle.

Part 3
With hands lifted, Sway RLRL,
Bent CW Spiral Revolutions (1 turns) so you’re facing center of circle again. “World” movement with both hands.

Song Suggestions:
Hine Yeshua - Jonathan Settel



Holy Holy Holy (by Paul Wilbur)

Part 1
HH, Walking R L R L into center of circle,
(Hands going up, looking up as you enter the circle)
Back out L R L R (Hands still up),
CW facing center,
R crosses L, L in place, R crosses L, L Brush into L step,
R drags beside L, Step L, R Brush/Lunge into center,
(R knee up, L knee down, looking up)
Release hands, R hand up, then L hand up,
Rise and back out of circle R L R L

Part 2
3-pt-turn R, (hands up), Sway R L R,
3-pt-turn L, Sway L R L,
3-pt-turn R, Sway R L R,
3-pt-turn L, Sway L R L, “World” hands.

Ending…
“World” hands 2x, walk to center (holding hands up)
Lean out, in, out, in, Look up

Song Suggestions:
Holy Holy Holy - Paul Wilbur



Hora - Traditional

The Hora is one of the first simple Israeli Folk Dances learned by most people

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Hora" - To the song "Ephrian & Judah" by Lenny & Varda)


Dance:
L foot steps L; R foot crosses behind L; L foot steps L
R foot kicks L; L foot kicks R  (“Step behind, step kick, step kick”)

Song Suggestions:
Blessed Be the Name - Dennis Jernigan
Come Let Us Go Up - Paul Wilbur
We Are Strong In the Lord - Dennis Jernigan

You Are the One I Love - Don Moen



Hora Agadati - "My Story"

The intricate foot work make this challenging for some, but will surely be a favorite for all who learn it.
This is an Intermediate Dance.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Hora Agadati" - Traditional dance and music)


Part 1
HH, CCW, Run R L R L
4 jumping twists in place and to L first (feet together)
(Repeat 3x)

Part 2
Facing center of circle, Step forward on R
Place L heel in front , hands swing up in front,
Then do a Hora step (L R L) in place
(Repeat)

Part 3
With feet together, Twist L, Twist R, Hop on L
Coupe L, (pause), L Hora (L R L)
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:

Bless the Lord - Paul Wilbur
Enter His Gates - Lamb
Hallelu Et Adonai - Barry and Batya Segal
Hallelujah B'Yeshua - Billy Whitman
Hora Agadati - Hebrew
Kumi Ori - Barry and Batya Segal
On Your Walls Jerusalem - Chuck King

Shouts of Joy - Paul Wilbur
Tzion Tzion Tzion - Jonathan Settel
When You Rise Up - Lamb

With a Shout of Glory - Paul Wilbur



Hora Chadera "The Chadera Hora"

This is a great Jewish line dance.  Parts 1 and 2 are extremely simple. 
Part 3 can be challenging for Beginners.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Hora Chadera" - Dance With Traditional Music)


Part 1

Open Circle, CCW, Hasidic Hands
Walk RLRL, Touch R Heel Forward & Hold, Rock-back on R,
Walk RLRL, Touch R Heel Forward & Hold, Rock-back on R,
Walk RLRL, Touch R Heel Forward & Hold, Rock-back on R,
Walk RLRL, Touch R Heel Forward & Hold, Rock-back on R.
(Head goes down when you Rock-back on R)

Part 2 
Facing Center, Drop HH, Arms bent at elbow, Hands up 

Into Center Walk RLRL,
Touch R Heel in Front, Arms go up, Touch R Heel in Front, Arms go up,
Backing Out of Center Walk RLRL
Touch R Heel in Front, Arms go up, Touch R Heel in Front, Arms go up.
(Repeat All 4x)

Part 3 
Facing Center, Arms on shoulders


(Kibbutz Step R) Step R w/ R, L crosses behind R, R steps R, Stomp L,

(Kibbutz Step L) Step L w L, R crosses behind L, L steps L, Stomp R,

Sway R & L, Drop hands, 3-Pt-Turn to R.

Facing Center, Arms on shoulders
Step L w L, R crosses behind L, L steps L, Stomp R,
Step R w R, L crosses behind R, R steps R, Stomp L,
Sway L & R, Drop hands, 3-Pt-Turn to L.


Song Suggestions:
Hora Chadera - Hebrew Song
Sh'ma Yisreal - Barry & Batya Segal
We Delight in Your Shabbat - Barry & Batya Segal

With God We'll Gain the Victory
-  Lamb



Hora Chedva
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

You really should record the dances that you choreograph.  Over time you'll forget them if you don't do them frequently.  The VHS or DVD makes a good resource for you to look back at later.

Part 1
CCW, 4 walking steps, Tcherkessia  (2x), Box step

Part 2
Facing center, moving CW, two L Mayims, Box step
two left mayims, double yemenite-hop (RL)

Part 3
Walking into center, RLRL, (raising hands), Backing out, RL, pivot to face outside circle (4 counts to back out), hands still raised, sway RLRL,
Stoop down, lowering both hands to left side at knee level, Swoop-turn
1 times till facing center, stand and raise hands in "world hands" position.

Song Suggestions:
Ashrei Ha'Am - Steve McConnell
Blessed is Adonai - Steve McConnell
God Is Here - Steve McConnell
Hallelujah B'Yeshua - Billy Whitman
Hineni - Philip Stanley Klein
Jesus Christ Is Lord - Paul Wilbur
Let God Arise - Paul Wilbur
On Your Walls - Chuck King

Refuge and Strength - Ted Pearce

Say to the Daughter of Zion - Paul Wilbur
Shir Moshe - Jonathan Settel

Sukkot Song - Steve McConnell



Hora Habika - (Hora of the Valley)
Choreographed by Ya'akov Levi, 1975

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Hora Habika" - Dance performed with traditional music)



YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - Dance performed to different song)



Part 1

Facing Center of Circle,
Hands up & touching palm to palm.

Hora R (RLR), Hora L (LRL),
2 R Slides
(4x)

Part 2
CCW Circle
R Stomp (Leaning down),
L Kick forward (Leaning backward),

L Hora (LRL),
(4x)


Part 3
4 L Mayim (or 3, depending on song),
Facing Center, 4 Kick-Backwards (LRLR).

Song Suggestions:
Hora Habika - Hebrew
Rav Brachot - Hebrew
Klezmer Nuthouse - Sandy Weltman
Baruch Adonai - Joel Chernoff




Hora Kendall - "The Kendall Hora"

Mary Kendall (Mrs. Roy Kendall) taught us this one when they were in the US. 
She couldn't remember the actual name of the dance, so we dubbed it "Hora Kendall".

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Hora Kendall" - Dance to the song "Ephriam & Judah" by Lenny & Varda Harris)


Part 1
Facing center, HH, hopping Tcherkessia (Tcherkessia with a hop on each step), Yemenite R hop, Yemenite L hop, repeat all

Part 2
Circle moves in CCW direction, not HH but hands raised, Hopping 3-pt turn CW in the R line of direction. At conclusion of 3-pt turn, sway R and clap high R.  Hop back on L, sway L, clap high L.  repeat Part 2

Part 3
2 L mayims, walk CCW in place 8 steps, clapping shoulder high each step 

Song Suggestions:
Ephriam & Judah - Lenny & Varda Harris
Havenu Shalom Aleichem (Medley 2) - Billy Whitman
Time to Favor Zion - Lamb




Hora Medura "Campfire Hora"

This is a wonderful Beginner's Dance that even the Intermediate and Advanced Dancer will enjoy.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Hora Medura" - Traditional dance & music)



Part 1
Facing Center; 4 R Slide, CCW,
HH, Into Center R L R, Hop on R, Out L R L, Hop on L
(Repeat)

Part 2 
HH, CW, L Mayim,

Bowing head & leaning over Running R L R L,
L Mayim,
Facing center, hands come up, Touch R Heel in front 2x
(Repeat)


Song Suggestions:
Hora Medura - Traditonal
Mayim Chaim - Zemer Levav



 
Hora Nirkoda " Hora, Let's Dance"

This was one of the first "Beginner" Dances that we learned.  20+ years later.
It's still one of our favorites.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance to the song "If My People" by Philip Stanley Klein)


Part 1
CW, 2 L Mayims, Into Center, R-Hop, Left Hop, Back RLRL. (2x)

Part 2
CCW, 2 R Side-Leaps, 4-pt-turn R (CW)
Lean/Twist R & Clap, Lean/Twist L & Clap,
March In Place RLRL, (Clap 4 levels, low->high)

Song Suggestions:
Echad - Philip Klein
God Is Here - Steve McConnell
Hallelu Hu - Chuck King
Hora Nirkoda
- Hebrew Song
It Is Good - Paul Wilbur
Let God Arise - Paul Wilbur
Never Gonna Stop - Tommy Walker
O Deliverer - Matthew Ward
Set Time Has Come - Chuck King
Shabechi Yerushalayim - Barry and Batya Segal
Shiviti Adonai - Barry and Batya Segal
Yom Shekulo Shabbat - Steve McConnell

Zealous Over Zion - Ted Pearce



Hora Or 1 - "Dance Of Light"

Part 1
CCW, Hands down at side, Run R L R L,
Facing center, Leap twice.
(Arms go out when you leap and clap when legs come together)
(Repeat 3 times)

Part 2
Hands on hips, 3-pt-turn R and Hop, 3-pt-turn L and Hop,
Into center, R-hop, L-hop, raising hands high, Back out R L R L.
(Repeat)

Part 3
Facing center, hands on hips,
Sway-Step R, bring L beside R, Sway-Step R, Hop on R,
Sway-Step L, bring R beside L, Sway-Step L, Hop on L,
Sway-Step R Hop, Sway-Step L Hop.
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Hora Or - Hebrew Song
Sim Shalom Too - Steve McConnell

Year of Jubilee - Lamb



Hora Or 2 - "Dance Of Light"
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This modified version of the dance Hora Or is a fun dance for everyone.  It's simple enough that children can master it, but worshipful enough that you never get tired of doing it.

Part 1
CCW, Hands down at side, Walk R L R L,
Hands go up & down (next 4 counts) in “Praise” while you continue Walking R L R L.  
(4x)

Part 2
Hands behind back, 3-pt-turn R and Hop, 3-pt-turn L and Hop,
Into center, R-hop, L-hop, raising hands high, Back out R L R L.
(2x)

Part 3
2 Arm-rotations R, 2 Arm-rotations L
1 Arm-rotation R, 1 Arm- rotation L,
Walk in small “personal” circle - 4 counts.
(2x)

Song Suggestions:
Dance Jerusalem - Jamie E Schwartz
Giant Killers - Dennis Jernigan
He Is Yahweh - Vineyard
Hoshia Et Amecha - Barry and Batya Segal (modified)
How I Praise You - Paul Wilbur
I Love the Lord - Lamb
Never Gonna Stop - T. Walker
Refuge and Strength - Ted Pearce
Say It Loud - Dennis Jernigan
Shiviti Adonai - Barry and Batya Segal
Sound the Shofar - Jamie E Schwartz
Till the Walls Fall Down - Dennis Jernigan
We Delight in Your Shabbat - Steve McConnell
Yoducha Amin Elohim - Steve McConnell

You Are My Salvation - Lamb



Hora Or 3  - "Dance Of Light"

Part 1
CCW, HH, Walk R L R L Hop-Skotch, Hop-Skotch,
("R L R L Jump-Hop, Jump-Hop")
(4x)

Part 2
Sway-Step R, bring L beside R, Sway-Step R, Hop on R,
("1 & 2 and Jump-Hop R")
Sway-Step L, bring R beside L, Sway-Step L, Hop on L,
("Back & 2 and Jump-Hop L")
Sway-Step R Hop ("Jump-Hop R")
Sway-Step L Hop ("Jump-Hop L")
3-pt-turn R ("Turn around")

Part 3
Into center, R L Jump-Hop R, Out L R Jump-Hop L,
Jump-Hop R, Jump Hop L, 3-pt-turn R.

Song Suggestions:
Hora Or - Hebrew Song
Sim Shalom Too - Steve McConnell

Year of Jubilee - Lamb



Hora Yamit

Part 1  CCW, facing Center of circle,
R steps R then hop on R & lifting L, L touches back down in place,
R steps R then hop on R & lifting L, L foot moves to R Mayim,
Coupe RE, Coupe L, Sway-Sway (same as Weave-Weave)
(Called: Hop, Hop, back, Hop, Hop, Mayim 2 3 4, Coupe R, Coupe L, Weave-Weave)

Part 2 
(Feet together) Squat, R Kicks/Brush R going into 6 Grapevine steps
(Total of 8 steps) Repeat 3x.

Part 3  (Every step is a Step-Hop, 4 sets of 8 counts.  Clap on 1st & 3rd count.)
1st Set:  R-Hop & L-Hop into center of circle.  Backing out of circle, R-Hop, L-Hop.
2nd Set: R-Hop into center, turn CW 180, L-Hop backwards (toward center),
     R-Hop backwards, L-Hop backwards.
3rd Set: R-Hop & L-Hop toward outside of circle, Back into circle, R-Hop, L-Hop.
4th Set: R-Hop toward outside of circle, turn CW 180, L-Hop backwards (toward
     outside of circle), R-Hop backwards, L-Hop backwards.




Hulu "Completed"

A fun yet simpl
e dance  - appropriate for all levels and ages

YouTube Video Link
(Hallel Dancers - "Hule" - Dance performed at Evening Honoring Israel)



YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - practice the dance Hulu to the song "Odecha" by Sue Samuel)



Circle, CW, HH (Music: 16 count Intro)


Part 1  2 Tcherkessia toward center (with Hands going up), 2 L Mayim (Repeat)

Part 2 Join arms at elbows
     
4 R Heel-Slides, 4 L Heel-Slides
      Drop Hands - 4 R Heel- Slides to Center (leading with R shoulder)
      Back out of Circle (R L R L) while twisting and clapping on alternate sides OUT of circle


(5 Times)

Coda: (Continuing to back out of circle) 3 more steps (R L R)

             Hands go up toward center





I Am Bending My Knee  (by Kirk Deerman)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This dance is very simple, but
also very worshipful.  The words to the song by Kirk Deerman is absolutely awesome.

Talit draped over extended arms, 3 steps forward

Swirl talit CCW over head (3x)
3rd time, lower talit to cover head and shoulders
Bobbing (3x) (like praying at the Western Wall)
Raise hands, on the word "Prayer" lower to under chin as if praying
On the word "Praise" lift  hands to sky (as if exploding fireworks)

Lift draped talit R, lower
Lift draped talit L, lower
Lift draped talit Front and Center, hold
Drop to R knee (talit still raised)
Drop to L knee, lowering talit.

4 count pause, then move to circle for chorus

Chorus
Holding extended talit in shoulder-high hands,
CCW, Walk RLR Close, bend knee
Walk RLRL, Walk RLR Close, bend knee
Walk RLRL, Walk RLR Close, bend knee
Walk RLRL

Walk RLR Close, bend knee
Lift talit R and lower, lift talit L and lower,
Lift talit front center and hold

6 count music interlude, turn left

Second chorus
Repeat 1st chorus, walking CW

Ending
Lift talit R,L, Center, drop to R knee, lower talit, embrace it.

Song Suggestions:
I Am Bending My Knee - Kirk Deerman



I Belong to Jesus
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "I Belong to Jesus" - Sung by Dennis Jernigan)

Verse
Facing Center of Circle,
Tcherkessia, Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop.
(Repeat)

Tcherkessia,

Tcherkessia, Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop
(Repeat)

Chorus
Immediately into Mayim, Balance (5x)

Bridge
Into center of circle,
R Skip-Hop, LSkip-Hop, back 2-3-4
R Skip-Hop, LSkip-Hop, back 2-3-4
Tcherkessia, Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
I Belong to Jesus - Dennis Jernigan



I Will Talk to My Brothers
(A couples dance)

This is our favorite Couple's Dance.  Partners continually change during the dance. 
f you don't have enough men, a few ladies can fill in for the men.  I first learned this
dance at a Messianic Congregation over 20 years ago.


YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "I Will Talk To My Brothers")



Part 1
HH, CCW, Male on L & Female on R,
Walking R L R L (hands going up), Back R L R L ( hands going down)

Part 2
Into center of circle,
Walking R L R L (hands go up), Back R L R L (hands going down).

Part 3
Dropping hands (Male stands clapping)
Female into center of circle,
Walking R L R L, (clapping, hands low to high level)
Back R L R L, (clapping, hands high to low level).

Part 4
Male into center of circle, (Female stands clapping)
Walking R L R L, (R fist goes up on 4th count and yell “Hey”)
Back R L R L
(In coming out of the circle, Male changes partner, moves to the female in front of him).

Song Suggestions:
I Will Talk to My Brothers - Lamb
Look At 'Em Go - Lamb

Year of Jubilee - Lamb



Im Hu Pal Nu - "if We Fall Down"

This is another Traditional Israeli Folk Dance favorite.  It's simple, but
always enjoyable.  It's an awesome worhip dance.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Im Hu Pal Nu" - Traditional Dance
Alternate song, "In His Presence" by Wane Daroux)



L Coupe (R crosses L placing weight on R and lifting L foot up)
Bring R back and place R heel on floor with toe pointing up.
Run R L R L CCW.
(Repeat)

Stomp R, Pause. Walk into circle R L R L, raising hands.
Stomp R, Pause.

(R toe facing R and perpendicular to L foot).
Step backwards R L R L crossing as you step backwards.
Straight backwards R L R L.
(Repeat 2 previous sections)

Song Suggestions:
Ashrei Ha'am - Steve McConnell
Baruch Adonai - Karen Davis
Blessed is Adonai - Steve McConnell
Come Let Us Go Up - Paul Wilbur
Day of the Lord - Paul Wilbur
Esa Einai - Barry and Batya Segal
Everybody Get Up - Dennis Jernigan
I Will Celebrate - Dennis Jernigan
Im Hu Pal Nu
- Hebrew Song
Now Is the Time - Paul Wilbur
On Your Walls Jerusalem - Barry and Batya Segal
Set Time Has Come - Chuck King
Watchman - Paul Wilbur
We Delight in Your Shabbat - Steve McConnell

Yom Shekulo Shabbat - Steve McConnell




Kadosh - "Holy" (by Paul Wilbur)

We actually performed this dance around Shabbat candles. 
The first time we performed this dance, the congregation was on their knees and in tears.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Kadosh")



YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Kadosh" - Practice for Pesach Seder performance)



Part 1
Tcherkazia into center of circle, bring hands over eyes (prayerfully)
3-point-turn R, Tcherkazia, Mayim L (All 2x)

Part 2
Tcherkazia, Coupe L, Mayim R, 3-point-turn R, Coupe R (All 2x)

Part 3
Tcherkazia, Mayim L, Touch L toe to ground,
CCW Step R, Drag L, Step R (Hands lifted toward heavens)
(All 2x)

Song Suggestions:
Kadosh - Paul Wilbur



Klezmer

Th
is one is lots of fun - can be pretty fast.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Klezmer" - Traditional Music)


Part 1
HH (palms together, CCW)
4 side steps (R to the side and L behind)
Go into center of circle, R L R, Hop on R; Back L R L, Hop on L
CW do two Mayims, Coupe L, Coupe R, Stomp R
(Repeat)

Part 2
Cross hands behind back, Walk CCW R L R L
R heel forward, then R toe behind
(hands go up, then back behind back)
Moving away from center of circle, do a R side step
(R to side, L behind R, R to side, Tap L heel left)
Moving toward center of circle, do a L slide step
(L to side, R behind L, L to side, Tap R heel right)
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Adonai Yimloch L'Olam - Steve McConnell
Hallalujah - Jonathan Settel
Hine Yeshua - Jonathan Settel
Klezmer
- Hebrew Song
Mikamocha Adonai - Chuck King
Now Is the Time - Paul Wilbur

Set Time Has Come - Chuck King



Kol Dodi - "Voice of the Bridegroom"
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This was the first performance we did with men.  There were 15 men who agreed to participate in the dance - I promised them

Men’s part
Walking up aisles toward front, 16 slower steps (RLRLRLRL…)

Lift up Talit on arms, lower,
Lift up Talit on arms, lower, Bring toward self.

Swing Talit over left shoulder, Put over head.
Bobbing 5x, Move to circle

4 L Mayim w/7up Hop,
3 R Mayim,

CW Star 8 slow steps.
(Star: R hands to center,  holding Talit open/dangling in front)
CCW Star 8 slow steps.

Talit draped on R shoulder, Arms joined,
4 L Mayim w/7-Up-Lift, 4 R Mayim,
Lift talit Center & Lower (2x),
Pull talit to self and kiss tzitzits, Bow head.

Ladies' part
Walking up aisles toward front,  16 slower steps (RLRLRLRL…)
(Carrying Tabrets)

Mikamocha (Repeat)
4 Right Slides, 2 Left Mayims, (Repeat)

Mikamocha (Repeat)
4 Right Slides, 2 Left Mayims, (Repeat)

Mikamocha (Repeat)

Pause, Facing Front, Lift Hands (L higher), Bow

Song Suggestions:
Kol Dodi - Chuck King






Kuriya Yefi Fiya - "Beautiful Town"

Circle, Facing Center, HH
Part 1
Step R Back Tcherkessia lifting L, L Down, R touch Forward,
Step R on R lifting L, L Down, R touch Forward,
R crosses “deep” in front of L, L returns,
R crosses “deep” in front of L, L returns,
R crosses “deep” in front of L, L returns,
Turn CCW (RL) facing away from circle center.

Part 2 (Mirror of 1)
Step L Back Tcherkessia lifting R, R Down, L touch Forward,
Step L on L lifting R, R Down, L touch Forward,
L crosses “deep” in front of R, R returns,
L crosses “deep” in front of R, R returns,
L crosses “deep” in front of R, R returns,
Turn CW (LR) facing toward circle center.

Part 3

R hops R, L toe touches deep behind R,
L brushes clockwise 270 degrees around R in Right Direction,
Step L drag R, step L drag R (CCW around circle),
Step L drag R, step L drag R,
Step L drag R, step L drag R,

Step L drag R, step L drag R.





LaKabalat Shabbat - "Welcoming the Bride"

Part 1
CCW, HH
R to side, L behind, R-Open Mayim,
R Back Yemenite (RLR), L Back Yemenite (LRL)
(Raise hands to shoulder level on last step of Yemenites)
Step R to side, pivot 1/4 turn CCW as you put L behind<
R-together R. (Left hand on L hip, R hand up),
2-Pt-Turn CCW (LR) to face center,
L Back Yemenite, hands held forward, palms down,
    
Repeat ALL
R steps R, L joins, both hands meet, snap fingers in front,
R steps R, L joins, both hands meet, snap fingers in front.

Part 2  
4-Step-Turn CW (RLRL), R hand on R Hip, L hand up (head level)
R Back Yemenite, L Back Yemenite, Hands out to front, Palms down,
    
Repeat
R steps R, L joins, Both hands meet, snap fingers in front.

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
LaKabalat Shabbat - Hebrew
El Elyon - Paul WIlbur
Lord God of Abraham - Paul Wilbur
Torah is Life - Lenny & Varda Harris
Va'Ani Ashir - Jonathan & Cindy Bernd



Latter Days  (by Barry & Batya Segal)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This was a wonderful performance piece that we did for Sukkot and speaks of all the Nations coming up to Jerusalem for Sukkot during the reign of Messiah.  Dancers donned costumes and flags from countries around the globe.  It's a beautiful dance.  The dance can be done in a circle, but it was separated from the circle to use as a performance piece.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Latter Days" - Poor video quality)



Intro: The Use of Flags is a great touch at the beginning of the dance.

Part 1 (from the dance "Od Ye Shama")
CW, Hands Up
R Hora, L Hora,
3-pt-turn (while traveling)
4 skipping steps
(4x)

Part 2 (from the dance "Od Ye Shama")
Moving toward center of circle
Step R L R (Hop on 3rd Step)
     (Hands up in praise clap as you Hop - L Leg kicks back)
Moving Out of circle
Step L R L (Hop on 3rd Step)
     (Hands up in prasie clap as you hop - R Leg kicks back)
3-pt-turn CW w/R Arm up,
3-pt-turn CCW w/L Arm up
(4x)

Part 3 (from the dance "Miserlu")
Facing center of circle
Step R w/R foot to separate feet,
L foot touches in front of R foot,
Swing L foot behind R foot into R 3-step grapevine,
Contine 4th step of the grapevine into a forward brush-step
Follow through with L Mayim,
Lift L foot on 4th count of Mayim to change directions,
R Mayim, Lift R foot on 4th count of Mayim.

Part 4 (from the dance "Hora Nirkoda")
CCW
2 R Side-Steps (or leaps), 4-pt-turn R (CW)
Lean/Twist R & Clap,
Lean/Twist L & Clap,
March In Place RLRL & Clap 4 levels (low->high)

Part 5
HH, L Mayim with 7-up Hop,
2 R Mayim with 7-up Hop,
2 L Mayim with 7-up Hop,
2 R Mayim with 7-up Hop,
L Mayim (R L R L)

Part 6 (from the dance "Im HuPalNu")
Stomp R, Pause
Walk into circle R L R L, raising hands
Stomp R, Pause
Step backwards (8 counts - R L R L R L R L)

Pa
rt 7 (from the dance "Ma NaVu")
R points in front, R points to right side
R Back Yemenite
Rock Forward - Back - Forward - Back onto toes
Heels down.

Part 8 (from the dance "Ma NaVu")
L points in front, L points to left side
R Back Yemenite
Rock Forward - Back - Forward - Back onto toes
Heels down.

Right Yemenite, pivot on ball of R to right side
Step L-together-L (Step L, drag R, Step L, touch R)
(4x)

Song Suggestions:
Latter Days - Barry and Batya Segal
 

   



Latter Days (by Barry & Batya Segal)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

1. R Slides
2. Miserlu ( "Step, Touch, Behind and Turn, Mayim Lift, Mayim Lift")
3. Into Center (4-count), Out from Center (8-count)
2. Miserlu
3. In & Out
4. 4 L Mayim with 7-Up Lift, 4 R Mayim with 7-Up Lift (Repeat)
3. In & Out
5. R Yemehnite, Pivot, Step-Together-Step

Song Suggestions:
Latter Days - Barry and Batya Segal




Let Us Adore & Sing Hallelujah (by Paul Wilbur)

Very Worshipful


YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Let Us Adore & Sing Hallelujah" - Dance With Traditional Music by Paul Wilbur)


YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - Larger group practice for 2012 Sukkot Performance


(Let us a-DORE)
Step with L in front of R, R Sweeps to the L,
Step R, Slide L beside R, Step R, Lift L Behind,

(The EVER living God)
(Moving CCW) L back down and Grapevine (11 total steps), pause

(and render PRAISE) R Sweeps to the L,
Step R, Slide L beside R, Step R, Lift L Behind ,
(unto Him)
(Moving CCW) L back down and Grapevine (9 total steps), pause

(Who spread out the HEAVens
Stepping Sideways into center of circle, being led by R shoulder, Hands up in U, Step R, Slide L beside R, (repeat 2 x)
(and established the EARTH)
Stepping backwards out of circle, L R L R

(and Whose GLORY, is revealed in the Heavens above)
3-pt-turn R, coupe R, Balance R L R
3-pt-turn L, coupe L, Balance L R L
(and Whose GREATNESS, is manifest)
3-pt-turn R, coupe R, Balance R L R
3-pt-turn L, coupe L, Balance L R L

(throughout all the earth)
Hands crossing lower front then going up.

(He is our God)
Stepping into center of circle, R L R, as hands go up

(There is none else)
Lean backward, with hands up

Song Suggestions:
Sing Hallelujah/Let Us Adore - Paul Wilbur



Lord is My Strength, The  (by Dennis Jernigan)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "The Lord Is My Strength")

L Hora (10x), Balance (L R L)

8 R Side-Steps,
Into center of circle (walking) R L R , Hop on Right,
Out of center of circle (waling) L R L, Hop on Left.

L Mayim, Balance.

8 R Side-Steps,
Into center of circle (walking) R L R , Hop on Right,
Out of center of circle (waling) L R L, Hop on Left.

L Mayim, Balance, L Mayim, Balance, L Mayim (Pause).

Song Suggestions:
Hallelujah - Jonathan Settel
Jesus Christ Is Lord - Paul Wilbur

The Lord Is My Strength - Dennis Jernigan



Ma Navu - "How Lovely"

One of our favorite and most frequently used dances.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Ma NaVu" - Traditional Music & Dance)


Part 1
R points in front, R points to right side,
R steps back, L steps back, R steps forward
Rock back with weight going back on L
Rock forward with weight going onto R
Step L, R in place (stepping lightly on toes), Heels down

Part 2 (Reverse of # 1)
L points in front, L points to left side
L steps back, R steps back, L steps forward
Rock back with wieght going back on R
Rock forward with weight going onto L
Step R, L in place (stepping lightly on toes), Heels down

Part 3
Right yemenite, pivot on ball of R to right side, Step L-together-L
(4x)

Song Suggestions:
Baruch Atah Adonai - Jonathan Settel
Come Let Us Bow Down - Dennis Jernigan
Days of Elijah - Paul Wilbur
Glory to the Lord - Don Moen
Hal'li Nafshi - Chuck King
Hodu L'Adonai Ke'Tov - Barry and Batya Segal
How I Praise You - Paul Wilbur
Isaiah 44 - Ted Pearce
Kindle the Flame - Chuck King
Ma Na Vu - Barry and Batya Segal
O God You Are My God - Chuck King
Praise Adonai - Paul Wilbur

Take Me There - Dennis Jernigan
Vayikar Sh'mo - Steve McConnell
Whoever Offers Praise  - Kathy Shooster
Yahweh - Paul Wilbur

Yom Shekulo Shabbat - Steve McConnell




Mashav Ruach "Wind Spirit"
Choreographer: Nir Dov
This dance involves quick footwork - best suited for Intermediate/Advanced Dancers

YouTube Video Link 
(Dance with traditional music - Unit E -at Promise Keepers)


YouTube Video Link 
(Dance with traditional music - Unit E)


YouTube Video Link 

(Dance with traditional music - Angelica & Orietta at Beit Shofarot)


YouTube Video Link
(Dance practice with the Machol Dancers - "Mashav Ruach" - 2012)



Part 1
Guys in inside circle facing outward
Girls in outside circle facing center


Intro:  8 Beats

     All girls hand horizontal (going from side to horizontal during intro 1-8)
     Guys: Hand up "alternating" in fists on counts 9-12
     Girls: Hands up "alternating" in fists on counts 13-16


Part 1:
  "Hups"
      Cha-Cha R, Cha-Cha L, R steps R, L Cross-Jump to R ("Hup"), R steps R, L Cross-Jump to R ("Hup")

     
Cha-Cha R, Cha-Ch aL, R steps R, L behind ("Hey Yup"), R steps R, L behind ("Hey Yup")
     
Cha-Cha R, Cha-Cha L, R steps R, L Cross-Jump to R ("Hup"), R steps R, L Cross-Jump to R ("Hup")
     
Cha-Cha R, Cha-Cha L, 4-Pt-Turn R

Part 2:  "Circle Slaps"

      Walk toward center (R - Clap in front) ("Whoo-o-o"), (L - Clap in back),
      (In Center) R hand slap L foot in front of body, R hand slap R foot behind back
      Back out (R L R L), 4-Pt-Turn R
     
REPEAT

Transition: 

      R Open-Mayim, 2 Slide-Steps R (David Step)

Part 3: "Modified Hora"

      Arms straight out to sides
      Hora to R (R, L behind, R), 3 L Kicks (to the Right)
      Hora to L (L, R behind, L), 3 R Kicks (to the Left)
      2 Jazz Squares (Box Steps) toward center
      1/2 time 4-Pt-Turn to R, Quick-time 4-Pt-Turn R
      R Coupe 

Part 4: "Hoo Ha"

      R Coupe, L Coupe ("Hoo!")
      R steps R ("Ha") L behind; R steps R ("Hoo")
      R Coupe ("Ha"); PAUSE; Stomp ("Ha"), Stomp ("Ha")
      
REPEAT


Part 5: "Airplane"

      Airplane turn over R shoulder (360 degrees)
      Hop (on both feet) & Clap on Count 7
      Hop (on R foot) on Count 8 & Slap L foot (behind) at same time

      Airplane turn over L shoulder (360 degrees)
      Hop (on both feet) & Clap on Count 7
      Hop (on L foot) on Count 8 & Slap R foot (behind) at same time

REPEAT Part 2 "Circle Slaps" 1x Only


Transition
Part 1:  "Hups"
Part 2:  "Circle Slaps" (2x)
Transition
Part 3: "Modified Hora"
Part 4: "Hoo Ha"
Part 5 "Airplane" + "Circle Slaps" (1x only)
Transition
Part 4: "Hoo Ha"
Part 5: "Airplane" + "Circle Slaps" (1xonly)
Transition




Master of All Things (by Jonathan Settel)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol


Part 1
L Mayim 15 w/Lift, R Mayim 15 w/Lift (1x) Balance R L R L – Stomp
Balance (8x)

Part 2 
CCW – No Hands

Walking Tcherkesia (R L R L Tcherkesia) (3x)
Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop, Box-Step, Balance (R L R L)


Part 3 
Facing center of circle
Hoping Tcherkesia - In R R L L (clap Hands on 3rd count entering)
Hoping Tcherkesia - Out R R L L
Hoping Tcherkesia - In R R L L (turning 180 degrees, backing into circle)
Hoping Tcherkesia - Facing Out R R L L (clap hands on 3rd count)
Hoping Tcherkesia - Backwards toward Center R R L L
Hoping Tcherkesia - Facing Out R R L L (turning 180 degrees, backing out of circle)


Song Suggestions:
Master of All Things - Jonathan Settel



Mayim / Balance / Skip-Hop
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This is a great dance because of its simplicity. 
We frequently use it when we're at Conferences or places where others
may not know our dance.  It's easy to catch on to.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Mayim/Bance Dance" to the song "Mikamocha Adonai")


Part 1
L Mayim (1234), Balance (RLRL), Mayim (1 2 3 4), Balance (RLRL) ...

Part 2
Moving toward the center of the circle,
Skip R (12), Skip L (34), Back out of Circle (R L R L)
(Repeat all of Part 2)

Song Suggestions:
Blessed Be the Name - Dennis Jernigan
Blessed is Adonai - Steve McConnell
Chai Ha'Shem - Steve McConnell
Everybody Get Up - Dennis Jernigan

Hallelu Hu - Chuck King
Hineni - Philip Klein
Mikamocha Adonai - Chuck King
Shir Moshe - Jonathan Settel

Walls Will Come Down - Paul Wilbur



Mayim, Mayim - "Water Water"

A Traditional dance favorite that speaks of the "Water" that was drawn by
the Priests at the Pool of Siloam during Sukkot each year.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Mayim Mayim" - Traditional Music & Dance)


CCW direction, 4 L mayims

4 steps into center of circle (RLRL) (hands slowly lifting)
4 steps out of circle (RLRL) (Clapping on 1st step out)

4 stomps CW, (“Hey, hey, hey, hey”)

Facing center of circle again, While hopping on L foot,
R toe alternately taps LR LR LR LR

While hopping on R foot,
L toe alternately taps RL RL RL RL

VERY quickly go back to beginning of dance

Song Suggestions:
Mayim, Mayim - Barry and Batya Segal



Mi Ha Ish - "Who Is the Man"

A Traditional dance favorite with brush steps, kicks and turns.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Mi Ha Ish" - Traditional dance & song sung by Jonathan Settel)


YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Modified versions of dance - only parts 1 & 2
Traditional dance with alternate song, "El Elyon" by Paul Wilbur)


Part 1   
(CCW, HH)
Step R, L, Tcherkesia (RLRL), R Side-Step, Sway L,
Step R, L, Tcherkesia (RLRL), R Side-Step, Sway L,
Step R, L, Pivot to face Center, Sway R L,
R crosses in front of L, L Brush-Lift,
L crosses in front of R, Step R,
L crosses in front of R, R Brush-Lift,
R crosses in front of L, Step L, L Coupe,
R, L Back out of Circle.

Part 2   
(Face Center, Move CW,)
R crosses L, Step L,  R crosses L, Step L,
Toward Center of circle,
Step R, Kick L & Hold, L down, Step R,
Step L, Kick R & Hold, R down, Step L,
2-pt-turn toward center to face outside,
R-Back Yemenite (Rock back on R, Rock forward on L).

Part 3   
(Into Center of Circle with Chassidic Hand Movements,)
Step R, L Close, (count 1-2)
Step R, L Close, (count 3-4)
Step R, L Close, (count 5-6)
Wide R sway to outside of circle using hands, Hold, (count 7-8)
2-pt-turn over L shoulder facing out (L shoulder to outside), (1-2)
Wide L sway to outside of circle using hands, Hold, (count 3-4)
2-pt-turn CW over R shoulder (3/4 turn), (count 5-6)
R-Back Yemenite (Rock back on R, Rock frd. on L) (count 7-8)
(Repeat all of 3 going out of circle)

SONG
Mi ha'ish, Ha-cha-fetz cha-yim
O-hev ya-mim, Lir'ot tov

Ne-tzor le-shon-cha mei-ra
Us'fa-te-cha mi-da-ber mir-ma

Sur mei-ra, Va'asei tov
Ba-kesh shalom, Ve-rod-fei-hu


Who is the man, Who treasures life,
Who loves all his days to see good.

Guard your tongue from evil
And your lips from speaking deceit.

Turn away from bad and do good,
Love peace and seek it out.


Song Suggestions:
El Elyon - Paul Wilbur
Mi Ha Ish - Jonathan Settle
Mi Ha Ish - Eitan Masuri
Sh'ma Yisrael - Barry & Batya Segal




Mikamocha - "Who Is Like Thee"

This is our favorite slow dance.  It's very worshipful and we frequently combine it with Tsadik Katimar.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Mikamocha" - Dance with the Traditional Hebrew Music by Paul Wilbur)


Dance
Tcherkessia to center of circle
(In on R, Out on L-R-L)
Mayim L, Coupe L, 3-point-turn R (with hands raised), Coupe R.

The entire dance is done without holding hands.

Song Suggestions:
Arise and Have Mercy - Jonathan Settel
Arise O Lord - Paul Wilbur
B'Tach B'Adonai - Steve McConnell
Dwelling Places - Don Moen
Fairest Lord Jesus - 4Him
Here I Am to Worship
I Give You My Heart - Hillsong
If I Forget - Chuck King
Just One Shabbat - Jonathan Settel

Ki T'Hilati Atah - Steve McConnell
Love You So Much - Hillsong
Mercy Seat - Don Moen
Mikamocha - Paul Wilbur
NaChaMu Ami - Steve McConnell
Power of Your Love - Matthew Ward
Sacrifice Lamb - Lamb
Testify to Love - Tommy Walker
Thank You - Katinas

Vayikra Sh'mo - Steve McConnell



Miserlu

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Miserlu dance to the song "Kumi Ori" by Barry & Batya Segal

I looked this dance up on the Internet about 10 years ago and found
six different versions of the dance - including this one (which I use).

Facing center of circle, Step R w/R, L touches to center of circle,
Swing L foot behind R foot into R Mayim,
As you complete Mayim swing R foot CCW,
Follow through with L Mayim,
Lift L foot at the end of Mayim,
R Mayim, Lift R foot at the end of Mayim.

Call: "Step, Touch, Behind and Turn, Mayim Lift, Mayim Lift"

Song Suggestions:
He Is My Defense - Marty Goetz
Kumi Ori - Barry and Batya Segal

Whoever Offers Praise - Kathy Shooster



Nevel Mizahav - "Golden Harp"

Part 1
Circle dance; CCW
Step R Touch L, Step L Touch R, Tcherkessia (Repeat)
(Step R, touch L toe to arch of R foot, Step L, Touch R toe to arch of L foot,
Step forward R, transfer weight back to L foot,
Step backward on R, transfer weight back to L foot)

Part 2 
Balance R, Balance L, R cross L, L steps L,
2-Pt-Turn R (180 Degrees over R shoulder) facing out

2-Pt-Turn R (180 Degrees over R shoulder) facing center
Toward Center Step R Touch L (Snap), Step L Touch R (Snap)
Backing away from center, Step R Drag L, Step R Drag L.

(Hands can appear to be “playing a harp” as you back out)




Niguna Shel Yosi - "Yossi's Melody"

Simple Dance

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Niguna Shel Yosi" - Traditional dance & music)


Part 1
Facing toward center of circle, HH
R Hora Step (R L R), L Hora (L R L)
Walk into center (R L R L) (Who-o-o-O-P getting louder)

Part 2
R Hora Step (R L R), L Hora (L R L)
Back out of center (R L R L) (Who-o-o-O-P getting softer)

Part 3
CCW, Step-Sway on R (Leaning R) Single Clap R,
Step-Sway on L (Leaning L), Single Clap L.

Hassidic Hands
(R hand extended in front, L hand on L shoulder), Walking R L R L.

(Repeat 3 x)

Song Suggestions:
Enter His Gates - Lamb
I Will Celebrate 2- Vineyard

Kineti - Ted Pearce
Look At 'Em Go - Lamb
Niguna Shel Yossi - Hebrew Song
Say to the Daughter of Zion - Paul Wilbur
Sim Shalom Too - Steve McConnell

Some May Trust in Chariots - Vineyard



O Give Thanks (by Paul Wilbur)

This is our favorite 3/4 timing Israeli dance.

YouTube Video Link
*BEST* (The Machol Dancers - This performance was at Beit Yeshua's 2012 Pesach Seder -
this version is to the song "Be Unto Your Name" sung by Robin Mark -
but there are some slight variations that make the dance look even better)


YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance is traditionally danced to the song "O Give Thanks" by Paul Wilbur
but on this video we dance to the song "Be Unto Your Name" by Robin Mark)


YouTube Video Link
MODIFIED Version of the Dance
(Machol Dancers - This version modifies the 1st part of the dance by using 2 L Mayims and a L & R Yemenite. 
The song is "Yeshua Atah Yakar" by Karen Davis.)



Part 1
Step R, Coupe R, Balance 2 3
3-pt-turn CCW into Mayim
R L R into circle, L R L out of circle,
3-pt-turn CW, Back 2 3
REPEAT

Part 2
Into center R L R with hands up, Out of center L R L with hands down
Modified 3-pt-turn CW, ending facing outward,
Backing 2 3 into center of circle, Sway R L R L with arms up

Out from center R L R with hands up
Backing into center L R L with hands down,
Modified 3-pt-turn CW, ending facing inward,
Backing 2 3 out of center of circle, Sway R L R L with arms up

Song Suggestions:
Avi Ad Malkenu (Heart for Israel)
Be Unto Your Name
Glory and Honor - Philip Klein
Highways to Zion - Chuck King
Hine Lo YaNum - Barry and Batya Segal
O Give Thanks - Paul Wulbur

Song for Zion - Jonathan Settel



O Jah
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

4-Count Intro, Facing toward center of cirlcle, Not HH
Part 1
7 Tcherkesias to center, World hands on “Arise”,
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.

Part 2
3 Tcherkesias to center, World hands on “Arise”,
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.

Part 3
Two L Mayims with Box-Step, Two L Mayims with Yemenite R & L.

Part 4
3 Tcherkesias to center, World hands on “Arise”,
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.

Part 5
Two L Mayims with Box-Step, Two L Mayims with Yemenite R & L.

Part 6
6 Tcherkesias to center, World hands on “Arise”,
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.

Part 7
Two L Mayims with Box-Step, Two L Mayims with Yemenite R & L.

Part 8
Tcherkesias to center, World hands on “Arise”,
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.
1 Tcherkesiah, Yemenite R & L, World hands on “Arise”.

Song Suggestions:
O Jah - Paul Wilbur



Od  Lo Ahavati Dai - "I Haven't Loved Enough"

This one is really simple, very fast, and lots of fun.  It's become a favorite.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Od Lo Ahavtai Dai" - Traditional dance & music)


Part 1
 
2 L Mayim, 2 Tcherkessias
(Repeat)

Part 2 
Into Center, Walk R L R (Hop on R & Clap),
Back Out L R L (Hop on L & Clap), 2 R Slides, R 3-pt-turn
(Repeat All)

Song Suggestions:
The Lord Roars From Zion - Karen Davis
No Weapon Formed Against You - Lamb
Od Lo Ahavati Dai - Hebrew Song
On the Wings of the Wind - Zemer Levav
You Are My Salvation - Lamb




Od Ye Shama - "A Voice Shall Be Heard"

The words to the song "Od Ye Shama" speak of "... the voice of the Bridegroom, and the voice of the Bride"

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Od Ye Shama" - Traditional dance & music)


Part 1
CW, Hands Up, R Hora, L Hora, 3-pt-turn, 4 skipping steps.
(Repeat)

Part 2
Into circle, step RLR, (hop on 3rd step),
(Hands up in praise clap; L leg kicks back),
Out of circle, step LRL, (hop on 3rd step),
(Hands up in praise clap; R leg kicks back),
3-pt-turn CW, R arm up, 3-pt-turn CCW, L arm up.
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Ashrei Ha'am - Steve McConnell
Blessed I s Adonai - Steve McConnnell
Come Let's Go Up to the Mountain - Paul Wilbur
Hine Yeshua - Jonathan Settel
Latter Days - Barry and Batry Segal
Let God Arise - Paul Wilbur
Nobody Can Take My Life - Dennis Jernigan

Od Ye Shama
- Hebrew Song
Shir Moshe - Jonathan Settel
Sukkot Song - Steve McConnell
Tzion Tzion Tzion - Jonathan Settel

You Are My Salvation - Lamb



On Your Walls Oh Jerusalem

There are two versions to this song by Barry & Batya Segal.
This chorography goes to the one that begins in Hebrew.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers at Beit Shofarot)


Intro
Kneel – Arms crossed on R knee, L knee down, heads bowed
Rise on “Ho-o-o”
Fists horizontal (up) at side – (Drums) at Chest – at Side – at Chest

Al Chomotayeech (3x)
Step R, Hop R, L behind R, Weight on R (Reverse)  “Hmp” 1st (Salute/slap legs)

Bridge
R steps R (Separating feet & arms up horizontal to floor) – slap legs

On Your Walls  (4x)
R Kabutz, L Kabutz (arms joined), Walk RLRL, Fist forward

Day or Night (2x)
L Mayim (fist push) “Hmp”, L Mayim (fist) “Hmp”, Walk R L R L (Fist forward)

Till He Establishes (2x)
Walk R L (circle R Fist) – Tcherkesia – 3pt. Turn

Bridge
R steps R (Separating feet & arms up horizontal to floor) – slap legs

You Who Make (2x)
R Kabutz, L Kabutz (arms joined), Walk RLRL, Fist forward

Day or Night (2x)
L Mayim (fist push) “Hmp”, L Mayim (fist) “Hmp”, Walk R L R L (Fist forward)

Till He Establishes (2x)
Walk R L (circle R Fist) – Tcherkesia – 3pt. Turn

Bridge
R steps R (Separating feet & arms up horizontal to floor) – slap legs

Al Chomotayeech (4x)
Step R, Hop R, L behind R, Weight on R (Reverse)  “Hmp” 1st time

Till He Establishes (4x)
Walk R L (circle R Fist) – Tcherkesia – 3pt. Turn

Bridge
R steps R (Separating feet & arms up horizontal to floor) – slap legs

Al Chomotayeech (4x)
Step R, Hop R, L behind R, Weight on R (Reverse)  “Hmp” 1st

Coda
R Heel – Shout “Yerushalayim”

Song Suggestions:
On Your Walls Oh Jerusalem - Barry & Batya Segal




Oseh Shalom - "He Makes Peace"

Version 1
Verse
HH, R Yemenite, L Yemenite, CCW, walk R L R L,
R Yemenite, L Yemenite,R steps R, L joins, L steps L, R joins.

Chorus
4 L Mayims ending with 7-Up Hop, 4 R Mayims ending with 7-Up Hop,

R Side-step (R-together-R), lifting hands,
L Side-step (L-together-L), lifging hands, Walking R L R L.
(2x)

Version 2
4 Mayim Weaves,
Step in with Snap (twice), 4 steps out
Step in with Snap (twice), 4 steps out

3 point turn, Clap (right), 3 point turn, Clap (left)
Step in with Snap (twice), 4 steps out
(2x)

Song Suggestions:
Oseh Shalom - Jonathan Settel



Peace of Jerusalem
Choreographed by MDP/Machol

This is a variation of the dance "Im Hu Pal Nu" with slight modifications and danced
to the song "Peace of Jerusalem", by Kirk Dearman.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Peace of Jerusalem" - Perform at Beit Yeshua's Sukkot Celebration)



YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Peace of Jerusalem" - Practice Session)



Chorus
(Facing Center of Circle, Not Holding Hands)
Stomp R, Pause. Walk into circle R L R L, raising hands into a "praying hands" position.
Stomp R, Pause.

(R toe facing R and perpendicular to L foot).
Step backwards R L R L crossing as you step backwards.
Walk straight backwards R L R L (Lowering Hands).

(Repeat)

Verse 1
(Facing Center of Circle, Holding Hands)
R foot crosses L placing weight on R and lifting L foot up, (L Coupe step)


Bring R back and place R heel on floor with toe pointing up.
Walk R L R L CCW.
(Repeat 4x)

On 4th time, after doing the LCoupe Step, "World" Hands.

Chorus

Verse 2
(Facing Center of Circle, Hands up touching "neighbor's" hands - building a wall)
R foot crosses L placing weight on R and lifting L foot up, (L Coupe step)


Bring R back and place R heel on floor with toe pointing up.
Walk R L R L CCW.
(Repeat 4x)

On 4th time, after doing the LCoupe Step, "World" Hands.

Chorus

Coda
(Facing Center of Circle, Not Holding Hands)
Modified "World" Hands, then extended toward center of circle.

Song Suggestions:
Peace of Jerusalem - Kirk Dearman




Praise Is Awaiting You
Song by Paul Wilbur & Israel's Hope

Part 1
CCW, Hands Up (Bent at Elbows)
4 R Heel Drags [R "heel" steps R, L foot drags & closes beside R]
(Into Center) Walk R L R, Hop on R
(Out from Center) Back L R L, Hop on L
3 L Mayims, 2 R Heel-Touches


Part 2

(Into the Center)
Walk R L R L (Snap L R L R while doing hands in figure “8”)
Tcherkesia, CW Turn (R Hand up, L Hand on hip)
R Yemenite, L Yemenite
Tcherkesia, CW Turn (R Hand up, L Hand on hip)




Praise Movement

The "Praise Movement" is a series of Hoping Tcherkesias.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - Demonstration of the series of movements)


Part 1
 
Facing toward center of circle
Hoping Tcherkesia - In R R L L
     (R arm rotates from back to front, Clap Hands on 3rd count entering)
Hoping Tcherkesia - Out R R L L
     (L arm goes upward & over L shoulder)

Part 2 
Hoping Tcherkesia - In R R (Turn 180 degrees, backing into circle)
Hoping Tcherkesia Backwards L L
Hoping Tcherkesia Backwards R R - ( R arm rotates backward)
Hoping Tcherkesia Backwards L L - (L arm rotates backward)

Part 3 
Hoping Tcherkesia - Facing Out R R L
     (R arm rotates from back to front, clap Hands on 3rd count exiting)
Hoping Tcherkesia - Backwards toward Center R R L L
     (L arm goes upward & over L shoulder)

Part 4  (Same as Part 2)
Hoping Tcherkesia - Out R R (turn 180 degrees, backing out of circle)
Hoping Tcherkesia Backwards L L
Hoping Tcherkesia Backwards - R R ( R arm rotates backward)
Hoping Tcherkesia Backwards - L L (L arm rotates backward)





Resting Place, A (by Paul Wilbur)

This is another worship dance to a great song by Paul Wilbur.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "A Resting Place" - Practice Session)


This is a wonderful worship song sung by Joshua Aaron -
with slight modifications to the dance

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Gadol Elohai" - Practice Session)


Part 1
2 L Mayims, 3-pt-turn R, Coupe R, Hold.
2 R Mayims, 3-pt-turn L, Coupe L, Hold.

Part 2
Walk CCW, RLRL, R Yemenite facing center of circle,
Sway L-R-Together, Hold

Part 3
Into center, R-together-R-Lift,
(Step Center on R, Drag L beside R, Step on R, Lift L)
Out L-together R-Out L-together R
(Step out/back with L, Drag R, Back L, Drag R)
Coupe L, Hold, Coupe R, Hold, Coupe Center, Hold.

Song Suggestions:
A Resting Place - Paul Wilbur
It Is Well With My Soul - 4Him

Saviour Like a Shepherd - 4Him




Romemu - "Exalt"

This one is usually best suited for the Intermediate to Advanced Dancer.

Part 1
Walk RL, Cha-Cha R, Cha-Cha L,
Jump on both feet, Hop-Hop on both feet, R Heel in front,
Pause, Clap,
Cha-Cha R, Cha-Cha L, Rock 1-2 (RL)
     Repeat
Part 2  
Facing Center of Circle,
Hands out in front,
R heel to front, R heel to R, R heel to front, R heel to R, (1234)
Cha-Cha R, Pivot CW, 8 L Grapevine Steps, R touches beside L.
     Repeat

Song Suggestions:                                                                                
Romemu - Craig Taubman



Roni Bat Zion - "Daughter of Zion"

This one is usually best suited for the Intermediate to Advanced Dancer. 
It's fast with a lot of skips, hops, and turns.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Roni Bat Tzion" - Practice Session)


Part 1
R hop, L hop, 4 running steps (R, L, R, L)
R hop, L hop, 2 running steps, tcherkessia (R,L), Three-point turn R
Coupe R, Coupe L, Coupe R, Coupe L
(Coupe R, Coupe L, 3-pt-turn R, Coupte R)

Verse
Facing Center, R brush while hopping on L, R steps back, L steps back,
R Skip-hop toward center, L Skip-hop toward center,
R Yemenite hop, L Yemenite hop.

R Leap to R side, L closes, (L hand crossing over head).
L steps to L side, R closes to L, (hands clapping over head).
R Leap to R side, L closes, (L hand crossing over head).
L steps to L side, R closes to L, (hands clapping over head).

L Mayim Balance (during musical interlude)

Variations for Simplicity:
1. (R Brush, 6 L Grapevine steps)
2. (Walking CW 4 steps (R,L,R,L), Tcherkessia.)

Song Suggestions:
All I Used to Be - Dennis Jernigan
Hallelu Hu - Chuck King
Hineni - Philip Klein

O Praise the Lord - Avner and Rachel Boskey
Roni Roni - Paul Wilbur
Stand Up For Jesus - Dennis Jernigan

You Are My Salvation - Lamb

Shalom Aleichem - "Peace to You"

This one is very simple.

Part 1
Holding hands, CCW, walk RLRL,
Sway RLRL with hands raised, palms touching
(3x)

Part 2
3-pt-turn to R, clap to the R
3-pt-turn to L, clap to the L
RLR into circle, clap high, LRL out of circle, clap low
Repeat

Song Suggestions:
Shalom Aleichem - Hebrew Song



"Shalom Jerusalem"

This is a modified version of the Israeli Folk Dance "Ani Ma Amin"

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Shalom Jerusalem" - Practice Session)



Progression: Chorus 1, Verse 1, Chorus1,  Verse 2, Chorus 1, Chorus 2, Coda

Chorus 1
(CW - No HH)
2 Center Tcherkesia, 2 L Mayim (w/1 Hand up), 2 Center Tcherkesia, 2 L Mayim (w/2 Hands up)

Verse: Ani Ma Amin (In & Out of Circle)
(Facing CW - going out of Circle)
Right Kibbutz toward Center, Left Kibbutz out of Circle
2 Jazz Squares toward Center,
L Mayim out of circle with 2 hands, L Mayim out of circle with 1 hand
Tcherkesia, 1/2 Basketball Turn (to change line of direction)

(Repeat Ani Ma Amin going into Circle)
The basketball turn at the end of this part is One & One-Half Turns

Chorus 2
(2nd Part of Tsadik Katimar - CCW)
CCW, R Open-Mayim, R 3-Point-Turn, Coupe R, Coupe Left, Sway R L R L

Coda
(Toward Center of Circle)
1 Tcherkesia, 1 Basketball Turn, World Hands
 

Song Suggestions:
Shalom Jerusalem - Paul Wilbur



"Shalom My Home"

This is a modified version of the Israeli Folk Dance "O Give Thanks" - in 3/4 timing


YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Shalom My Home" - Practice Session)


C=Chorus, V=Verse, B=Bridge

Dance Progression:  Intro, C, V1, C, V2, C, B, C, Coda

Intro: CCW (Hands Up) Walk R L, Sway R L, Walk R L, Sway R L (Hands Down)
Chorus: Part 2 (2x)
Verse: Part 1 (2x)
Bridge: Modified Part 2, CCW Around Circle (2x)
Coda: L Coupe, R Coupe, Sway L & R; 2 Hora In Out In Out, World Hands

Part 1
Step R, Coupe R, Balance 2 3
3-pt-turn CCW into Mayim
R L R into circle, L R L out of circle,
3-pt-turn CW, Back 2 3
REPEAT

Part 2
Into center R L R with hands up, Out of center L R L with hands down
Modified 3-pt-turn CW, ending facing outward,
Backing 2 3 into center of circle, Sway R L R L with arms up

Out from center R L R with hands up
Backing into center L R L with hands down,
Modified 3-pt-turn CW, ending facing inward,
Backing 2 3 out of center of circle, Sway R L R L with arms up


Song Suggestions:
Shalom My Home - The ISAACS



Shebelet Basadah - "Ear of Grain in the Field"

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Shebelet Basadah"

This dance is Very High Impact Aerobically, but can be slowed down.

Part 1
CCW, Facing Center, 4 Slide-Hops R, Pivot over R Shoulder, 4 Slide-Hops L (same line of Direction around circle), Pivot over L Shoulder, 4 Slide-Hops R (same line of Direction), Pivot over R Shoulder, 4 Slide-Hops L (same line of Direction)

Part 2
CCW, R Skip, L Skip, Pivot (so you’re skipping Backwards same Direction), Backwards R Skip, Backwards L Skip (same line of Direction), Pivot, R Skip, L Skip, Pivot (so you’re skipping Backwards same Direction, Backwards R Skip, L Skip (same line of Direction)

Part 3
Into center, Skip R L R L
Out of center, Skip R L R L


Song Suggestions:
Bless the Lord - Billy Whitman
Blessed Is Adonai - Steve McConnell (normal to fast)
Go Alenu - Steve McConnell (Walk, but Good)
Honor, Glory and Blessing - Steve McConnell

Kumi Ori - Barry and Batya Segal (slower)
Shabbat M'Nu Cha - Steve McConnell (walk)
Shabechi Yerushalayim - Barry and Batya Segal
Sos Asis - Barry and Batya Segal (modified; Mod Fast)
Yoducha Amin Elohim - Steve McConnell



Shehechianu - "You Keep Us Alive"
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

It's always fun to pull together a group of  dances that you know during one song.

1. Miserlu (2x)

2. 2nd Part Hora Agadati (2X)

3. 2nd Part Hora Or (3-pt-turn) (2x)

4. 3rd Part Hora Or (Circle Arms) (2x)

5. 1st Part Hora Or (Walking 2-3-4)



Sheleg Al Iri - "Snow On My City"

A fun yet dance - Beginner to Intermediate Level

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancer Ladies - "Sheleg Al Iri" - Performance at Beit Yeshua's Pesach Seder)


YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Sheleg Al Iri" - Practice Session)


Part 1
CCW, Walking R L, Pivot, Walk Backwards R L R L,
Balance R L, Yemenite R, Lift R & Hold

Part 2
(Into center), Step R, Drag L, Step R, Lift L Behind,
Step Forward on L, Lift R Behind, R Back Down

Part 3
(Out of Center), Pivot,
L Backwards, R Crosses over L, L Beside R,
90 Degree Turn CW (R L), 4-Pt-Turn CW.
(CALL: Side-Cross-Side-Pivot- Hold, Turn 2 3 Close)

Song Suggestions:
Psalms of Praise - Billy Whitman
I Will Tell - Jonathan & Cindy Bernd





Shir HaShirim - "The Song of Songs"

This one is usually best suited for the Intermediate to Advanced Dancer,
because of the Debka and numerous Yemenite steps,

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Shir HaShirim" - Dance steps by Myrl)



YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Shir HaShirim" - Dance with alternate music by Myrl)


Part 1
 
Circle, Not HH
2 L Mayims (stomp w/R foot on 1st step),
Into center, Hop on R while pivoting CW to face out, Hop on L
R Yemenite, L Yemenite,
Going out of circle, R Debka (Snap), L Debka (Snap),
R Yemenite, L Yemenite while turning to face center of circle.
(Repeat All of 1)

Part 2 
CCW, R steps R, L crosses R (Snap), R Yemenite,
CW,  L steps L, R crpsses L (Snap), L Yemenite,

Basketball Turn (Bb) in & out (CCW),
Facing center of circle,  R Yemenite, L Yemenite.

Part 3 
CCW, R Debka, L steps L, R Yemenite,
CW,  L Debka, R steps R, L Yemenite,

Basketball Turn (Bb) in & out (CCW),
Facing center of circle, R Yemenite, L Yemenite

Song Suggestions:
Shir Ha Shirim - Traditonal
You Who Fear the Lord - Avner & Rachel Boskey



Shiri Li Kinneret - "Sing to Me Sea of Galilee"

This one is usually best suited for the Intermediate to Advanced Dancer because of Part 2.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance to the song "Just Give it to God" by Philip Stanley Klein)


YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance with the song "Shackles" by Mary Mary)


Part 1
CCW; step R; Touch L toe in front, then behind; step forward on L.
Repeat

R Yemenite to face center of circle; Touch L toe behind; Step forward on L into center; Step forward with R;
Step backward with R; close L beside R.
Repeat ALL

Part 2
Facing center, Step R (with R foot), L steps behind R, R steps R.
L steps forward, Rock on L, Rock back on R, Rock forward on L.
R brush, L crosses over R, R brush.
R Yemenite, L steps backward L, L steps forward, R steps forward.
Repeat ALL

Song Suggestions:
Brethren My Hearts Desire - Lamb
Every Move I Make
Everybody Get Up - Dennis Jernigan

He Reigns - Newsboys
Lay Your Hands on Me - Lamb
Look at 'Em Go - Lamb
Never Gonna Stop - Tommy Walker
Shakles - Mary Mary
Shiri Li Kineret
- Hebrew Song
Shlach Or Cha
- Hebrew Song
Till the Walls Fall Down - Dennis Jernigan



Sing and Dance  (by Jonathan Settel)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This is a great song and the dance really "fits" the song.  It's quick with a lot of movement.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - Dance with the song "Sing & Dance" by Jonathan Settle)


Part 1
Facing center, hands behind back. Jump turn left.

Part 2
CW, Walking Hora (R-L-R, L-R-L) (8 sets),
Walking Tcherkesia (R-L-R-L Tcherkesia) (Hands go up)
Yemenite R Hop, Yemenite L Hop.

Part 3
turn Left, repeat # 2 in CCW direction.

Part 4
Hora Nirkoda  - 1st Part
CW, 2 L Mayim, Skip-Hop In-Out (Repeat)

Part 5
Tsadik Katimar - 2nd Part
R-Open Mayim, 3-pt-turn, Coupe R & L, Balance 1-2-3-4, Stomp

Part 6
Repeat 1- 5

Part 7
Instrumental Part - Praise Movement

Part 8
Repeat # 4 and # 5.

Part 9
Ma Navu – 1st of 1st Part
R toe touches to Front, Side, Back;
Rock forward on R, back on S, forward on R, back on both,
On toes, down as music ends.

Song Suggestions:
Sing and Dance - Jonathan Settel



Sing Hallelujah

Part 1
Facing center, looking up,

          Come Let us SING for joy to the Lord,

“Singing” hands,
          Let us SHOUT aloud to the Rock of our Salvation,
“Shouting” hands,
          Let us come before Him with thanksgiving,
Step into center of circle, R L, with hands up,
          And extol Him with music and with song.
Step out of circle, and take hands with others.

Part 2
CCW, Walking R L, Tcherkesia (8x)
,   Sing Halle, Hallelujah…

Part 3
HH, Hands up & looking up, Hands down & looking down
           Come, Let us bow down in worship,
Kneel on R knee, hands up, lean back,
        
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker,
Hands down and pushed behind, 

          For He is our God and we belong to Him,
Rise and Hands up, 
          We are His people, the flock under His care.

Part 4   Fast
CCW, Run 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, clapping low to high,
To center, Run 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, clapping low to high,
Facing CCW, 4-R slides out of circle, snapping fingers,
Looking up, 4 CW turns.

Part 5 - Coda
Multiple turns and Hand up at End

Song Suggestions:
Sing Hallelujah - Paul Wilbur



Sisu V'Simchu - "Rejoice & Be Glad"

This dance is lots of fun and is suitable for the Beginning dancer -
bur requires quite a bit of hopping.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - Demonstration of the series of movements)



Part 1  HH (Facing Center),
Hora-Step forward (RLR), Hora-Step backward (LRL),
     (Hands up going in, Hands down going out)
2 R Scissors-Steps (same as R-Mayim, but crossing only in front), (Hands up)
Hora-Step to R (Both arms go up to R), Hora-Step L (Both arms go up to L),
Hora-Step to R (Both arms go up to R), Hora-Step L (Both arms go up to L).


Part 2  3-Step into center of circle with Hop (R L R Hop on R), clap
Back out of circle (L R L Hop of L), clap,
2 R-Open Mayims (Modigication: 1 R-Open Mayim, 3-Pt-Turn CW)
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Adonai - Paul Wilbur
Hoshia Et Amecha - Barry & Batya Segal
O Praise the Lord - Avner & Rachel Boskey




Sulam Ya'akov - "Jacob's Ladder"

This dance is lots of fun and is suitable for the Beginning dancer.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Sulam Ya'akov" - Traditional dance & music)



YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Sulam Ya'akov" - Traditional dance & music)


Part 1
HH, Facing Center,
Step R-together-R, L steps forward, R steps forward,
Step L-together-L, R steps backward, L steps backward.
(Repeat)

Part 2  (Same as Miserlu)
R steps to R, L points in front of R then brushes around behind R,
Step R with R, L crosses in front of R & pivot on L,
L Mayim lift, R Mayim lift.
(Repeat)

(Do the dance twice, Double time the 3rd + times.)

Part 2  Variation 
R steps to R, L points in front of R
L Back Yemenite
L Mayim lift, R Mayim lift.
(Repeat)

Song Suggestions:
Come Let Us Go Up to Zion - Barry & Batya Segal
Sulam Yaakov - Traditional




Tsadik Katamar - "The Righteous Man"

This dance is a Traditional Israeli Folk Dance favorite and is suitable for the Beginning dancer.

YouTube Video Link 
(Machol Dancers - "Tsadik Katimar" - Traditional dance & music)


Part 1
CCW, 4 walking (R L R L)
Face center of circle and do 4 Balance steps (R L R L)
(Repeat)

Part 2
R Mayim (starting with R to side and L crossing over)
3-pt-turn R (R L R), Coupe R, Coupe L, Balance (R L R L)

(Variation of second part)
L Mayim, Modified 3-pt-turn CCW (still going left))
Coupe L, Coupe R, Balance (R L R L)

Song Suggestions:
Adonai Yimloch L'Olam - Steve McConnell
Ashrei Ha'am - Steve McConnell

Hoshia Et Amecha - Barry and Batya Segal

More Love More Power -
Somebody Big - Dennis Jernigan

Tsadik Katamar
- Hebrew Song



Tsur Mishelo Achalnu - "Rock From Which We Have Eaten"

Part 1
    
HH, CCW
Walk R L R L,
Touch R toe in place,
Step R to R side, step L in place,
Touch R toe beside L.
(Repeat 3 times)

Part 2    
Facing center, Step R to R side,
L crosses behind R, (Raise hands to shoulder level),
Raise R leg bending R knee, Step forward on R, L join,
Hands down, slight pause.

R crosses behind L, (Raise hands to shoulder level),
Raise L leg bending L knee,  Step forward on L, R join,
Hands cross in front and snap on last count.

Song Suggestions:
Sacrifice Lamb - Lamb




Watchman - sung by Paul Wilbur
Choreography by MDP/Machol

This dance is a modified version of the Israeli Folk Dance Im HuPalNu

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Watchman" - With Flags - Dance Practice # 1)


YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Watchman" - With Flags - Dance Practice # 2)



L Coupe (R crosses L placing weight on R and lifting L foot up)
Bring R back and place R heel on floor with toe pointing up.
Run R L R L CCW.
(Repeat)

Stomp R, Pause. Walk into circle R L R L, raising hands.
Stomp R, Pause.

(R toe facing R and perpendicular to L foot).
Step backwards R L R L crossing as you step backwards.
Straight backwards R L R L.
(Repeat 2 previous sections)


Song Suggestions:
Adonai Yimloch L'Olam - Steve McConnell




We Delight  (by Steve McConnell)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This is another dance that combines sections from several other Israeli Folk Dances.

Part 1
Verse - L Harmonica, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Part 2
Verse - L Hora, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Part 3
Verse - R Hora Nirkoda, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Part 4
Verse - L Bai Ya Meem, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Part 5
Verse - L Od Ye Shama, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Part 6
Verse - R Hora Agadatti, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Part 7
Verse - Im Hoop Pal Nu, Chorus -  Im Hoop Pal Nu (Stomp-In part)

Song Suggestions:
We Delight - Steve McConnell



Who Is Like You (by Paul Wilbur)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

This dance that combines sections from several other Israeli Folk Dances,
including Ani Ma Amin, Bai Ya'Meem and Im Hu Pal Nu

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Who Is Like You" - Dance Practice)


Intro: 16-count; 8 slow walking steps CCW (RLRLRLRL)

Part 1: Ani Ma Amin
R Kibbutz, L Kibbutz, 2 R Jazz Squares, 2 L Mayims, Tcherkessia Center,
Basketball Turn
(Pause for counts 5-6-7-8)

Part 2: Bai Ya Meem
(Walking Into Center) R-Snap, L Snap, Out-2-3-4,
3-Pt-Turn R with Clap, 3-Pt Turn L with Clap
(Repeat all of Part 2)
World Hands

Interluide: (8-Count; 4 slow walking steps CCW (RLRL))

Repeat Parts 1 & 2
World Hands 2x

Part 3: Im Hu Pal Nu
R Stomp, Walk into Center (RLRL - Lifting hands), R Stomp
(Stepping Side-Backwards) Step R & Drag L, Step R & Drag L
(Straight Backwards) R L R L
(4X)

Part 4: Bai Ya Meem
(5x)

CODA: Im Hu Pal Nu
R Stomp, Walk into Center (RLRL - Lifting hands), R Stomp
(Stepping Side-Backwards) Step R & Drag L, Step R & Drag L
World Hands

Song Suggestions:
Who Is Like You Oh Lord - Paul Wilbur



Worthy is the Lamb / Crown Him
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

1. Hanokdim part 1
2. Hora Chadera part 1
3. Hanokdim part 1

4. Into center RLR Lift, Out LRL Hold,
     R behind R Heel, L behind L Heel,
     Into center RLR Lift, Out LRL Hold
     R behind R Heel, L behind L Heel, World Hands.

5. Hanokdim part 1
6. Hora Chadera part 1
7. Hanokdim part 1

8. Into center RLR Lift, Out LRL Hold,
     R behind R Heel, L behind L Heel,
     Into center RLR Lift, Out LRL Hold
     R behind R Heel, L behind L Heel,
     R behind R Heel, L behind L Heel,
     R behind R Heel, L behind L Heel, World Hands.

9. Interpretive:
     Bring wrists together forming crown, lifting (Crown Him),
     Bow (Lamb upon the throne),
     Hands cupped outward around mouth, raising to sky (Hark),
     Hands to Heart, Two thumps at heart, lift hands (Awake my soul),
     Drop hands, bow head (to Him who died for me),
     Bring wrists together forming crown, lifting , (Hail Him...)
     World Hands (All eternity)

10. Hanokdim part 1

11. Repeat # 8

12. Repeat #4

Song Suggestions:
Worthy is the Lamb / Crown Him



Yedid Nefesh - "Friend of the Soul"

Part 1

Circle Dance, HH, CCW, Intro count of 24

Traveling CCW, Hora/Waltz forward (RLR),
Step and pivot CCW on L and step backward RL,
Hora/Waltz step RL backwards, Step and pivot CW on R,
Hora/Waltz step LRL forward.
(Repeat all of 1)

Part 2 
a. Facing center of circle, Hora/Waltz step RLR toward center,
          Lifting hands as you move in,
b. Hora/Waltz LRL backward from center, lowering hands,
c. Step forward & pivot CCW on R, step backwards LR,
          Lift hands above head and arms will cross,
d. Hora/Waltz backward LRL, with your back to the center of circle
e. Hora/Waltz forward RLR (facing away from center of circle),
f. Hora/Waltz LRL backwards,
g. Step and pivot CW on R, step backwards LR,
h. Hora Step LRL backwards

Part 3
CCW, Take 2 Hora/Waltz steps, RLR, LRL, HH, arms to sides,
Drop hand and make a 3-pt-turn (RLR) CW, arms to sides,
HH, Hora/Waltz LRL in line-of-direction.
(Repeat all of 3)

Part 4
(Repeat all of 2)

Part 5 
Facing Center, HH, R Yemenite, L Yemenite,
Single R step toward center of circle, lifting L behind & hold,
Hora/ Waltz backward RLR, R Yemenite, L Yemenite,
Hora/Waltz toward center RLR, Hora Waltz backward LRL
(Repeat all of 2 & 4)

Song Suggestions:
Yedid Nefesh - Jonathan Settel




Yevarechecha "The Lord Bless You"
A fun yet simple dance

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Yevarechecha" - Dance performed with traditional music)


Dance:
Circle Dance, CCW, Holding Hand (HH)

Part 1
R Open-Mayim (with Hop on 1st count - R L R L)
Tcherkessia (R L R L) (Hands go up with Tcherkessia)
(4x)

Part 2
Kibbutz R, Kibbutz L (Holding Arms at Elbows)
Coupt L (R L), Coupe R (R L R), Coupe L (L R L)

Step R with R & Hop on R, Lifting L (4 Hops)
Step L with L & Hop on R, Lifting R (4 Hops)
Into Center (R L), Hop on L & Lifting R (2 Hops)
Out (R L R L)
(2x - all of Part 2)

Song Suggestions:
Yevarechecha - Hebrew Folk




You Are Holy (by Hillsong)
Choreographed by CDL/Machol

Part 1
2 Tcherkessias, 2 left Mayims, (repeat all)

Part 2
1 Tcherkessia, 1 left Mayim, Coupe left,
3 point turn right, coupe right, (repeat all)

Song Suggestions: (candles)
You Are Holy - Hillsong



Zemer Atik - "Ancient Melody"
A very simple dance - good for beginners and all ages.

YouTube Video Link
(Machol Dancers - "Zemer Atik" - Traditional dance & music)


Part 1
CCW, 4 walking steps  (RLRL)
Lean R clapping twice, Lean L clapping once
(4x)

Part 2
Face into circle, Step RL (Snapping fingers R then L)
     (“Step-snap, step-snap”)
Back out of circle RLRL, bowing with hands
(4x)

Song Suggestions:
Are You Ready - Billy Whitman
He Shall Reign - Paul Wilbur
Nigun Atik
- Hebrew Song