Dancing Distraction

Posted on January 4, 2007

So I was just checking comments over on Shira’s post about Israeli folk dancing and was doing some research on probably my most favorite of Israeli folk dances – Jama’a BaMidbar. It all got me very nostalgic because I haven’t been able to attend our weekly local (and baruch HaShem we HAVE it!) Israeli folk dance class since I was pregnant with Oldest Son, who just turned six.

That means it’s been close to seven years (!) since I was a regular participant.


I dug out my tape of my favorite dance songs and listened to it, trying with only limited success to remember all the dance steps. As much as I absolutely LOVE Jama’a, I can only remember a few of the steps, which is not good because the dance has some twelve different parts plus a recurring “chorus.”

And I am so sadly out of shape that by the end of the tape, I was wheezing. Of course, I do have a head/chest cold, so maybe this wasn’t the most intelligent choice I could have made.

I do think I’m overdue for a return to dance class. We’ll see if I can work it out.

But I thought I’d share with you the favorite songs I have on this custom tape:

  1. Zodiak (Zodiac)
  2. Jama’a BaMidbar
  3. Od Yavo (Shalom Aleinu) / Od Yavo’u
  4. Kol Ma Shekadam
  5. Halevay
  6. Neshikat Turkit
  7. Shir
  8. Tzadik Katamar
  9. Zemer Atik

If I can just remember the steps to them all…


  1. Shira Salamone

    I can kinda “fake” my way through Shir, which I don’t really know that well. (I almost always end up dancing behind the circle lately anyway, because my memory for dance steps just ain’t what it used to be.) And Tzadik Katamar and Zemer Atik are so old that even *I* know them. 🙂

  2. Sheyna

    LOL! Most of the dances I know are now considered “oldies.” But I did manage, with a little bit of tapping Husby’s memory, to remember ALL of the steps to Zodiak. One down, eight to go.

  3. Shira Salamone

    Thanks for the link, and sorry for waiting so long to reply.

    You and I should trade dances–you probably know all the ones from the years when *we* didn’t go folk dancing because *we* were doing the parenthood thing. 🙂

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