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Dancing the Hora: Everything You Need To Know - Smashing the Glass

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What is, hands down, the most fun and exciting part of any Jewish wedding? In the immortal words of Anthony from Sex and the City, the answer is: “the hora! THE HORA!” 

The hora (sometimes called Jewish Dancing or Israeli Dancing) is a highly energetic Israeli circle dance, and guests are supposed to put as much vigor and enthusiasm into it as they would on their own wedding day. Danced to klezmer music, it’s usually the part of the wedding where you’ll see the happy couple lifted on chairs (equal parts exhilarating and terrifying), or being thrown about on a sheet!

At religious, Orthodox Jewish weddings, men and women dance the hora separately, with a dividing wall, while Reform, Liberal and Jew-ish weddings tend to keep the party in one place.

It’s an amazing challenge for any photographer, to capture the mayhem, and frankly, at this point, brides can forget about their hair and makeup, because things are going to get sweaty!

So, given how integral the hora is to a real Jewish knees up, how do you make it happen? Here are some tips to getting everybody at your wedding involved in this boisterous and brilliant tradition.

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Kick off with klezmer music

If your budget can stretch to it we highly recommend a live band. Whether it’s a live band who can play some klezmer classics, or a traditional klezmer band, it’s all in the music. If live entertainment is a little out of budget, we advise putting together a klezmer playlist or asking your DJ to dedicate a special portion of the evening to it. 

There are many traditional melodies to choose from. If you’re not sure where to start, YouTube is a great source of inspiration for hora songs. This video alone is a medley of some of the most popular songs to dance the hora to, to get your playlist going.

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Learn some basic hora steps 

Chances are, if you’re having a Jewish or Jew-ish wedding, that you’re probably already a somewhat accomplished hora dancer. However, if you’re a little unsure of what happens when you dance the hora, why not brush up before the big day?

Whether you find a local Israeli dance class or teacher to help you out, or you use one of the many YouTube tutorials available, make sure you’re confident enough to whip up enthusiasm among your guests. They will, after all, be following your lead.

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Appoint hora dance leaders

Some klezmer bands have somebody specifically designated to get into the fray, encourage your guests to join in and show everybody what to do. This is a really great investment for creating an amazing atmosphere. However, if that stretches the purse strings a little too much, try appointing some more experienced friends and family members to lead the hora dancing when the time comes.

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When to dance the hora

There’s no right or wrong time to dance the hora. Some couples choose to do so before dinner is served, others to kick off the dancing, while some wait until later in the evening. 

There are advantages and disadvantages to all. The hora is a great way to get everyone up and dancing, because it’s so easy and accessible, so earlier in the evening has its benefits. Having said that, a pre-dinner hora can lack energy and a post-meal hora… well… it’s a lot of moving around after a big meal. 

Ultimately, it’s up to you and what is most important to you, as well as the unique flow of your day. For example, it might be a shame to get everyone out of their seats for the hora, only to seat them again for the meal and lose momentum. Personally, we feel the hora is best danced when guests are really ready to let loose, after all the photos and moments are captured, and when you’re ready for that energy to continue throughout the evening. 

On the other hand (sorry to sound like Tevye), it might be wise to be lifted in your chairs earlier, rather than later, for more safe, sober pairs of hands.

If you’re not sure, chat to your band or DJ and perhaps ask them to use their best judgement where the Israeli dancing is concerned.

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How much time to dedicate to the hora

Generally, the hora is danced for anything from five to twenty minutes. It really depends on the demographic of your guests, how much they enjoy the dancing and how soon they start flagging.

The best thing to do is to have your band or DJ judge the lay of the land on the night, as people might be totally up for a bit more of a dance than you realise, or might tire quicker than you anticipated.

If you have a medley of songs you simply love, and want included, allocating more time to the hora is a good idea.

We love love LOVE the Jewish dancing and our top tip? Have your face glisten with glee (and sweat) during the Hora – totally and utterly go for it – do not worry about your make up or your dress – this is SUCH a joyous moment – be sure to let go!


Twitter Loving Video of Joel Embiid Dancing the Hora

By Jackson RichmanJul 18th, 2022, 11:46 am

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Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid was seen on a viral video circulating on Twitter of him doing the hora, a Jewish dance at weddings and other celebrations.

NBC Chicago content producer Tori Rubenstein posted the video showing the seven-foot Embiid dancing the hora at the wedding of filmmaker Michael Ratner, who has documented Embiid’s path to the NBA.

“Joel Embiid dancing the Hora is the only thing I want to see on social media this week,” she posted with the video.

Joel Embiid dancing the Hora is the only thing I want to see on social media this week.

— Tori Rubinstein (@ToriRubinstein) July 17, 2022

Basketball fans took to Twitter to express their love for the video:

What a mensch!

— Philip Rossman-Reich (@philiprr_OMD) July 18, 2022

Joel Embiid dancing the Hora is the thing in life I didn’t know I needed.

— Rebecca Katz (@RebeccaKKatz) July 18, 2022

Joel Embiid, a man of the people

— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) July 17, 2022

Can’t stop watching this..

— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) July 18, 2022

Joel, welcome to the tribe.

— Big Gorgeous and the Best at Everything (@IanKarmel) July 17, 2022

This video provides the only serotonin I could ever need https://t. co/ufHMqD7zDL

— Alexa Ross (@AlexaRossTV) July 17, 2022

I have watched this 12 times already and still can’t get enough of it 😂😂

— Breland Moore (@BrelandFOX29) July 17, 2022

This is the best

— Ben Fox Rubin (@benfoxrubin) July 18, 2022

One tweet in Hebrew read, “What a PJ Tucker signing can do to a man.” Tucker signed with the 76ers this offseason.

מה שהחתמה של פי.ג׳יי טאקר יכולה לעשות לבנאדם. #טראסטדהפרוסעס

— Eran Soroka (@sorokman) July 18, 2022

Another tweet in Hebrew read, “Okay. Stop everything. When was the last time you saw an NBA star dancing to the tune of ‘Hava Negilah?'”

baruch hashem

— MaskedScheduler🇺🇦+ (@maskedscheduler) July 17, 2022

This tweet means “Thank God.

baruch hashem

— MaskedScheduler🇺🇦+ (@maskedscheduler) July 17, 2022

The hora wasn’t the only Jewish dance tradition Embiid took part in. He was also part of the lifting of the chair, with the 280 Ib. player being in it.

Mazel tov Joel Embiid!

How many people did it take to lift that chair!

JoJo doing the Hora. This is epic

🎥 Gabby Blauner

— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 17, 2022

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the head of the Kuban Cossack choir found the dances objectionable to God

The secrets of the collective and leadership of the Kuban Cossack choir began to creep out, although the “linen from the hut” could not be taken out for several months.

Not a single employee dared to speak openly about the situation in the Kuban Cossack Choir - people may be afraid of losing their jobs. But on condition of anonymity, several artists at once (both current and former) spoke about the seriousness of the intentions of the 83-year-old artistic director and chief conductor of the State Academic Kuban Cossack Choir Viktor Zakharchenko to change the structure of the organization, which now includes choral, orchestral and dance groups.

According to the artistic director, as the troupe employees say, the Kuban Cossack choir was originally male, and it was not accompanied by any “dances”. The choir was intended as a support for morale in the army.

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At the summer meeting, Zakharchenko began to tell the story of the choir from afar, and that in difficult times the country turned to religion. Then he allegedly began to make references to the Bible, which says that it is not proper for a man to dance, allegedly dancing distracts a person from serving God. It is worth noting that at the same meeting there were dancers, in front of whom this was voiced. The meeting was attended by the priest, who then, taking sprinkles and holy water, began to bless all the members of the collective of the multinational collective.

And after a few months they want to separate the dancers. However, the team worked well together and it was convenient for everyone: both the dancers, because they do not have their own program, and the vocalists of the choir, because, thanks to the dance numbers, the vocalists rested. Since with constant tension, the ligaments need to be given a rest. They complemented each other, and the choir has long been entertaining. Returning him to his roots when he was in the military, in the modern world, may be fraught with the loss of an audience. The choir's repertoire includes folk songs that capture the military and cultural facts of the Kuban, as well as songs written by the same Zakharchenko.

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If the dancers leave the choir, this may negatively affect the financial plan - their salaries may become lower, since, perhaps, a significant part comes from the Presidential grant, which was allocated to the Kuban Cossack choir. And now the Kuban dancers in such an unstable year go to partial self-sufficiency. The dancers panic - everyone has families and loans, no one was ready for such a turn of events.

The Ministry of Culture of the Territory is concerned about the situation and does not support the decision of the team leader. The ministry understands that without "dances" the audience will probably lose interest and no one will come to listen to folk songs composed by the maestro. After the separation, the dance group is planned to be called the Kuban Cossack Ballet.

Looking back at history, the choir was created in 1811, and initially it was called the "Military Singing Choir", and in 1938 it was renamed the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Kuban Cossacks. And in the difficult Soviet times, the choir was dissolved, then collected, and at 19In 69, the Kuban Cossack Choir was created again, Zakharchenko himself came to management in 1974. And for 47 years he has been holding the control panel. Victor Zakharchenko for his years has a number of awards, and, of course, the title of Honorary Citizen of Krasnodar. A street, a school, and even a bust were named in his honor in the Korenovsky district.

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