Ariel Cohen

Professor

Ph.D. (Laser Radars), 1971, Hebrew University

Phone: 972-2-6586645, Fax: 972-2-435014 e-mail: ariel@vms.huji.ac.il

Hobbies:

Israeli and International FolkDancing.

Information on Israeli Folkdances Camps,(based on a list prepared by Ernie Cohen), you may find at http://superbook.bellcore.com/archive/calendar.html

A list of Israeli folk dances can be found in

  • Prof. Ariel Cohen Home Page :

    Steps for new Israeli folkdances:

    1. AGGADAT HASULTAN
    Dance by Gadl Biton                        Formation: Circle
    Music by Greek Folk
    
    PART I    Facing center, regular hand hold
    
    1-4       Step R to right cross L over R, step R to right, cross L behind R
    
    5-6       Step-tog-step to right, RLR
    
    7-8       Cross L over R, step back on R in place
    
    9-10      Sway LR
    11-12     Full turn to right in 2 steps, RL
    13-14     Step-tog-step to center, RLR
    15-16     Full turn to right in 2 steps, RL
    17-18     Step-tog-step to center, RLR
    19-20     Rock fwd on L. step back In pace on R
    21-22     Step-tog-step bwd, LRL, turning to face outside. with back to center
    23-24     Step fwd on R, step in place on L, pivoting to face center
    
    PART II   Facing center, no hand hold, hands at shoulder level
    l-2       Step fwd on R heel, cross L behind R, step R fwd, moving to center
    3-4       Repeat counts 1-2 with opposite footwork
    5         Jump fwd on both feet, with legs slightly apart
    6         2 quick hops on R while taming 1/2 turn to left, end with back to center
    7-8       2 steps bwd, LR
    9-10    Yemenite L back
    11-12   Rock fwd on R, step back on L. in place
    13-14   Full turn to right in 2 steps, RL
    15-28    Repeat counts 1-14, beginning with back to center, end facing center
    29-30     Step R to right, close L to R
    
    PART III  Faclng center, no hand hold 
    1-4      Step-tog-step to right, RLR, cross L over R, stamp back on L in place
    5-8       Step-tog-step to left, LRL, cross R over L, stamp back on R in place. raising L
              hand up on coonts 7-8
    9-12    Step-tog-step to right, RLR, 2 step turn to right, RL
    13-16     Step-tog-gtep to left, LRL, 2 step turn to left, LR
    
    PART IY   Facing CCW, no hand hold,  hand at shoulder level
    1 - 16    Repeat Part II, counts 15-30, taking CCW, moving CCW, end facing center
    
    PART V    Facing center, regular hand hold
    1-4       Step-tog-step to right, RLR, cross L over R, stamp back on R in place
    5-6       Step-tog-step to left, LRL, taming to left to end wit back to center
    7-8       Step R to right, cross L behind R, raising L hand
    9-12   1+1/2 turn to right in 2 steps, RL, rock two on R, step back on L in place, end
              facing center
    13-16     Repeat counts 9-12, end with back to center
    17-32     Repeat counts 1-16, end facing center
    33-34     Close R to L, clap
    
    The third (last) time through the dance, Part IV is repeated twice, the second time a little taster.
    End  with a clap
      
    
    2.  ERETZ ESH
    
    
    Dance by: Avi Peretz                    Formation: Circle
    Music by: Ya 'akobovitz
    
    PART I    Face CCW, low hand hold
    
    1-4       3 steps fwd along LOD, RLR, brush L fwd
    5-8       Rock fwd on L, step back on R in place, slowly step L to left to center
    9-10      Slowly cross R over L
    11-14     Yemenite L
    15-16     Full turn to right in 2 steps, RL, moving away from center
    17-18     Step fwd on R along line of circle, hold
    19-22     Step fwd on L, turning to face center, step R to right, cross L behind R, step R to
              right, turning to face CCW
    23-24     Step fwd on L, step back on R in place
    25-28     (Turn 1/4 to left to face center), step L to left, cross R over L, step L to left, cross
              R behind L
    29-32     (Tum 1/4 to right to face CCW} yemenite L back
    33-64     Repeat counts 1-32 except end facing center
    
    PART  II   Face center, high hand hold
    
    1-4       Cross R fwd over L, hold, cross L fwd over R, hold
    5-8       Lifting up from L, drop onto R to right, hold, sliding L fromm place, cross L behind
              R, step R in place
    9-12      Repeat counts 5-8 with opposite footwork
    13         Step fwd on R
    14-15     Leaping from R, full turn to right in 2 steps, LR, moving fwd to center
    16        Hold, and take hands again in low hold
    17-20     Cherkessia L
    21-24     Step fwd on L, brush R fwd, step fwd on R, step L in place, turing 1/4 to right
              and releasing hands
    25-28    (Moving away from center) step R to right, cross L over R, step R to right, cross
              L behind R
    29-30     3/4 turn to right in 2 steps, RL, moving away from center to end facing center
              again
    31-32     Step back on L. step R in place, taking hands again
    
    Notes by: Roberto Haddon
    
    3.                 AL SAF DALTECH               
    
         DANCE:  Avner Naim
    Music:     Uzi Chitman      
    
    Formation: Couples in a circle facing each other. Join Men's right hand and women's Left hand.     (R=right, L=left)
             
              PART Ia
    1-4        Wide Yemenite L and pivot to L to face CCW with inside hands joined.
    5-8       Cherokee. R.
    9-11      Three steps forward R,L,R.
    12        Pivot on R to R to face partner and touch L toes next to R.
    
              PART 2a
    1-2       Join M's L and W's R hand. Rock bad L, fed R.
    3-4       M: step fed L,R moving to outside of circle behind the W and turn to L to face CCW. W: step fed R,L two center moving under the joined hands and tur to R to face CCW.
    5-6       Release hands and separate. M: Step L behind R, R to R. W: R behind L, L to L.
    7-8       M: Step L across R and turn to R, step R bad in place to face out of circle. (W:does OPPOSite and faces center.)
    9-12      1 1/2 turn to L w/4 steps L,R,R returning to partner and meeting face to face, with W's back two center.
    
              Parts 1a & 2a repeat a second time beginning in new places and ending in original position w/M in the inner circle.
    
              TRANSITION - Face partner
    1-2       Step L to L, sway R to R.
    3-4       Release hands. Deep step w/L across R beginning a turn to R. Complete the turn to the R and step R.
    
              PART 1b - Face to face in waltz position. M's back to center.
    14        Step Lto L,R behind L,L,R across L.
    5-6       With fed hands joined, rock bad L, fed R.
    7-8       Waltz position: Pivot turn together w/L,R (W: R,L).
    9-16      Rpt. 1-8
    
              PART 2b
    1-6       Open double shark. begin w/L to L. On  4-5 (open R to R, step L across) turn to R and join M's L hand and W's R hand and raise the joined hands.
    7-8       W: turn to R w/R under the joined hands. M: steps in place L,R.
    9-10      Rock L bad, R fed.
    11-12     Change places. M: step L,R moving behind the W to the outer circle. W: 1/2 turn to R w/R,L moving under the joined hands to the inner circle.
    13-16     Rpt. 9-12 returning to original place.
    
              PART 3b
    1-8       Release hands and separate. M turn in an arc to L to center w/two step-together-step L,R returning to his place. W: does OPPOSite moving out of circle.
    9-12      Face partner in waltz position. Rock bad L, fed R,  W: Backward R, fed L.
    13-16     Two pivot turn together w/4 steps beg. w/L (W: begins w/R).
    
    REPEAT ALL OF PART b
    
    Instructions based on translation by Honey Goldfein-Perry in Tamaraton. BASED ON TAMARATON
    
    
    
    
      
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