Israeli Folk Dances




Israeli Folk Dances in Israel are social activity, which was developed on the days of the first immigrations to Israel (1881-1939).

The Israeli Folk Dances got an intensive progress when the Israel nation was declared and established (1948), when the top of this progress was at the traditional dancing holiday in Kibutz Dalya (dancing conferences/festivals  along the years 1944-1968). To these festivals there used to come thousands of dancers and many dance groups, that were watching some stage performances and were dancing Israeli Folk Dances concerning holidays dances, regular dances with different styles.

The Israeli Folk Dances were actually a good opportunity to escape from the reality of hard work, personal problems etc’.

The “HORA” style dance is actually the symbol of the “Israelity”. It combines in it all the elements of the new culture that started develop back then: a dance in society, together, shoulder to shoulder, holding hands, equality between genders and people, dancing with bare legs which symbolized the connection to the ground, a simple dance which aloud everyone to learn the simple steps and to join the dancing.

The first Israeli Folk Dance was created at 1924 by Baruch Agadati. The name of the dance is:” Hora Agadati”. This dance has simple steps, but is a fast and happy rhythm that allows  every one to learn it and to enjoy the singing and dancing.

Along the first immigrations there were people who came from different countries: Russia, Romania, Morocco, Yemen, Spain etc. They influenced the different styles of the Israeli Folk Dances.

There are many styles of dances: circle dances, couple dances, line dances, triplets dances, dances for disabled, dances for blind people, kids dances.

There are many styles of Israeli Folk Dances: Hora, Debka, Yemen, Morocco and more.

The Isreali Folk Dances are danced in Israel and all over the world. Teachers from Israel are teaching these dances in dancing workshops around the world.