P'nei Adonai resources for walking in the presence of God
• The Classic Hora
• Clap Your Hands
• Hopscotch Hora
• Hora Medura
• It is Good
• It is Also Good
• It is Simply Good
• We Are Blessed
• Arise and Jump
• Before Glory
• Flower Petals
• Hebrew Miserlu
• Hora Nirkoda
• Lo Ahavti Dai
• Ma Navu (4-count)
• The Mod Deer
• O Give Thanks
• Greek Miserlu
• Ma Navu (3-count)
Welcome to our dance discussion. May familiarity with these dances allow you to better worship God.
Jewish dance is done in a circle, so no one has a partner and everyone can focus on God. (If there are many dancers then multiple concentric circles happen.)
The choreography is very simple and repetitive, so participants can focus on worshipping instead of their feet.
These dances are "interchangeables" which can be done to any song with an appropriate tempo.
Please use the left menu to select a dance. The small arrow by the top of the left menu will hide it to make a page more printer-friendly.
RLOD and LLOD ("right line of dance" and "left line of dance"): The direction people move around the circle as they do the dance steps
R and L ("right" and "left"): These single capital letters are only used to refer to which foot is doing the current dance step. In all other occasions the words "right" and "left" are spelled out.
Mayim (4 counts): The Mayim step is called a "grapevine" in most other folk dance. To do this to the right: cross the L foot in front of the right foot, step to the right with the R foot, cross the L foot behind the right foot, and step to the right with the R foot again. To do a Mayim to the left start with your R foot moving to the left crossing in front, and do the same "in front, sidestep, behind, sidestep" pattern. The Mayim step is often done holding hands; when done not holding hands then hands sway a bit, slightly crossing in front of and behind your body. The Mayim works best if your hips pivot, facing the direction you move with the first step and facing the opposite direction on the third step.
Tcherkessia (4 counts): Step forward with the R foot while raising hands to eye level with palms toward you; return weight to L foot which has not moved; step backward with R foot while letting arms swing down at your sides; return your wieght to L foot which still has not moved.
Yemenite (3 counts): To do a Right Yemenite first transfer your weight onto your R foot (perhaps sidestepping slightly), then step with your L foot behind your right foot, then return your weight onto your R foot (without moving it). A Left Yememite is the same but with feet reversed. This step is often followed by a hop to finish up four counts of music (i.e., R Yemenite, then hop on R foot).