round dance of Romania and Israel
clues: Israeli dance; Circle dance; Jewish wedding dance; Bar
Mitzvah dance; Round dance; Kibbutz dance; Jewish wedding ring?;
6 times a year
the Hora Dance
is the name of a circle dance in a number of countries.
The name derives from the ancient Greek art form Chorea.
Hora is a Romanian,
Israeli, and Moldovan traditional circle dance which gathers all
people present in a big closed circle. The dancers hold each
other by hands and make diagonal steps forward and backward. The
circle is turning on itself, usually clockwise. The participants
all sing a song while musicians accompany them. Typical
instruments are the cymbalum, the accordion, the violin, the
viola, the double bass, the saxophone, the trumpet or even the
is popular during wedding celebrations, popular festivals, and
it's an essential part of the social entertainment in rural
areas. One of the most famous horas is the Hora Unirii.
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