How to Do the Hora

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The hora is frequently danced at Jewish weddings and bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs.

Things You'll Need

  • Dancing Shoes
  • Hava Nagila CDs
  • Israeli Folk Music CD
  • Stand in a circle holding the hands of the people on either side of you.

  • When the music starts, follow the circle as it rotates.

  • Step to the side, passing your left foot behind your right.

  • Move the right foot beside the left foot.

  • Step to the side again, passing your left foot in front of your right this time.

  • Continue as the circle keeps spinning, adding a little hop to your steps as you go faster.

  • Move toward the center of the circle and throw your hands, still holding those of the people beside you, in the air.

  • Lower your hands and move backward.

  • Repeat several times.

  • Resume spinning around the circle.

Tips & Warnings

  • This is not hard.
  • At some functions, men and women may dance in different groups.

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