Zhok (1*)(Slow Hora) – Yidddish

*1st Generation dance. A dance that developed in a traditional way – not ‘taught’ by a teacher or choreographer, but ‘learned’ by observing and imitating others in your “village”, where the village’s few dances were the only dances anyone knew. It usually is ‘generic’ – the dance pattern is fairly simple and not tied to any particular piece of music. The dance phrase may or may not match any musical phrase, but the music’s rhythm must be suitable for performing the footwork. This dance may have many variations, but they’re performed at the whim or inspiration of the leader or (sometimes) any other dancer so long as it doesn’t interfere with the flow of neighboring dancers. For more, click here, here, and here.

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Steve Weintraub teaches the Yiddish dance Zhok, or Romanian Hora, at Klezkamp 2005. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYNpxNHXbb4
Yiddish dance workshop with Helen Winkler at the monthly OFDA dance cafe (Ontario Folk Dance Association) February 2, 2.013. Shown is a slow Hora or Zhok dance from the Bukovina region. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB0a5kw1fAM
Philadelphia, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aabUiJKa7-c

Music – Gilner Gans Nigun by Budowitz from the CD “Wedding without a Bride”


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