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One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

March 28, 2014 | 12:08 pm

A traditional Hora circle dance/ Wikipedia.

You probably don’t need an introduction to Hora - the traditional Israeli dance, but you probably didn’t know that it is not originating in Israel at all. This fun circle dance is originating in the Balkans, and its name (spelled differently in different countries) is cognate to the Greek χορός: 'dance.’

The Israeli dance of Hora (הורה) is widespread in the Jewish diaspora and plays a foundational role in modern Israeli folk dancing. It became the symbol of the reconstruction of the country by the socialistic-agricultural Zionist movement.  The Hora Agadati, which may be the first Jewish adaptation of this dance, was only performed for the first time in 1924, and soon became very popular in the Kibbutzim and other small communities. Later it became a must in group dances throughout Israel, and at weddings and other celebrations by Jews in Israel, and abroad.

Although it is considered an “old fashioned” dance and is mostly linked to the early days of Israel, almost every party and celebration contains several Hora songs on its playlist. It is also taught in many elementary schools throughout Israel.


What did you think of this Israeli creation? Ever danced the Hora? Feel free to comment below!


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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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