Often employed as the all-out invitation to officially get the main
Bar or Bat Mitzvah festivities underway, the Hora segment of the
Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration leads to full-scale participation on the dance floor.
Here at M I T Z V A H C E L E B R A T I O N S , it's frequently followed by a confetti launch which
segues into an initial, fast-paced dance music segment programmed for ALL ages.
|We all had fun at Frannie's Bat Mitzvah! For Frannie and her friends you were like the pied piper leading them to fun, games, and dancing, and for the adults you were a ring leader. It worked! We thank you for all you do. Alma Jacobs, Asheville, NC|
Hora is a Romanian, traditional circle folk dance which gathers all people present in a big closed circle. The dancers hold each other by hands and the circle turns on itself usually clockwise as each participant follows a sequence of taking three steps forward and one step back. During their living in the Romanian Principalities, Jews were heavily influenced by the traditional Romanian folklore, in music and in dances. The Hora is now the unofficial king of Israeli folk dances. Everybody gets in a circle, holding hands and starts stepping forward toward the right with the left foot, then followed by the right foot to match. Bring the left foot back again followed by the right foot. All this is done while holding hands and circling together in a fast and cheerful motion to the right. In large groups you can create several circles while the smaller circles are inside the bigger circle and so on. In the early days, Hora was popular mainly in the Kibbutzim and small communities, later on becoming a "must" in weddings, celebrations and group dancing all over Israel. At B'nei Mitzvah, it is custom to raise the honoree and his or her family members on a chair during the hora. This is also often done at Jewish weddings. The Hora dance could be performed to many of the traditional klezmer and Israeli folk songs. Typically, Hora is danced to the music of Hava Nagila, a popular, well-known song in Israel and throughout the world.
How To Do the Hora
STEP 1: Stand in a circle holding the hands of the people on either side of you.
STEP 2: When the music starts, follow the circle as it rotates.
STEP 3: Step to the side, passing your left foot behind your right.
STEP 4: Move the right foot beside the left foot.
STEP 5: Step to the side again, passing your left foot in front of your right this time.
STEP 6: Continue as the circle keeps spinning, adding a little hop to your steps as you go faster.
STEP 7: Move toward the center of the circle and throw your hands, still holding those of the people beside you, in the air.
STEP 8: Lower your hands and move backward.
STEP 9: Repeat several times.
STEP 10: Resume spinning around the circle.
"The entertainment for the kids at Hannah's Bat Mitzvah was fantastic. Getting the kids involved
is what the party's all about, and that's certainly what you know how to do!" Ed Murray, Little River, SC
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