First, listen to a medley of
music to which dances have been
dancing is a unique Israeli
creation, a kind of new
folklore with special elements. The Israeli
includes approx 4,000 dances created over the last 30 years. It is
estimated that the 'crazy' and addicted amongst Israeli dancers know
all the steps to about 400 dances!
Usually a dance is created in
response to a well-known song, often
from the Israeli charts. Because Israel is made up of so many cultures,
the music contains an amazing variation of moods, melodies, rhythms and
forms - and the dances contain a corresponding variation in style...
from Latin salsa to waltz and polka; from hip-hop to rock'n'roll; from
Irish to Yemenite styles.
dancing is a combination of circle,
line dances - always dancing in
a closeness with others which is
friendly, fun and exciting.
As well as dancing, a regular
dance class (Harkada)
opportunities for lots of socialising - friendship, coffee and a good
chat. Participating regularly in a Harkada
is healthy for both
body and mind.
dancing is also a good way of
keeping fit. A weekly Harkada
(which typically lasts 3 to 4 hours and includes about 50 dances)
combines high impact activity with slower, more controlled movement.
This contributes not only to one's fitness level but also to one's
mental and emotional well-being - much more fun than the gym!
dancing weekly Harkadot
are run in many
countries, cities and towns around the world - all over Europe, the
Americas and as far as Australia and Japan.
Apart from weekly Harkada
there are also many dance
camps (ranging from 3 to 5 days)
marathons (all-night dancing).
These are organized around the globe
throughout the year, featuring choreographers from Israel,
participating and teaching new dances.
Find out more about dates and
locations of classes and workshops on
can read more about Israeli Dancing
in this interesting and informative article from The
Washington Post of July 2005.
is organized by a group of experienced dancers
who decided to create something a bit different - a strong dance
community which aims to include the younger generation and a wider
audience. As our name implies, Strictly
Israeli Dancing is
about good dancing in a friendly atmosphere. We are proud to say that
we regularly hear very positive responses from our dancers, about
feeling welcome in our classes and about the high energy on the dance
The fact that this Harkada
is run by a group is unusual -
generally a Harkada
is directed and organised by one person who
plays the music and does most of the teaching. Our class is open to
anyone who wishes to become part of our community. We regularly have
guest teachers and are always happy to consider more people for our
regular teaching rota.
on these links to see what the press has to say about our
class - articles in
- UK Jewish news - and in
- English version of Ynet, website of Yedioth Ahronoth, daily Israeli
newspaper. Also have a look at this article about our class from Jewish Renaissance magazine.
Don't worry! Come early (8pm
prompt) and we'll teach you the basic
steps and some easy dances.
Wear trainers/dance shoes and
comfortable casual clothes.
We'll always make you feel
welcome - you don't need to bring a
partner (but why not bring along some friends?)
Come regularly and you'll build
up your repertoire within a few
weeks. See our Starters!
page for more information.
Always feel free to contact us