Israeli Dance Party
For the past 17 years, every month on a Saturday night, an Israeli dance party has been held at the Greenbelt Community Center. “Oldies” dances from before 1990 are danced and people come from all over the Greater Washington region to attend. These photos are from September 15.
Although the dance party does not include lessons, those who are not familiar with a particular dance can follow from behind the dancers.
Ben Hole has been the organizer of this Israeli Dance Party in Greenbelt since the beginning, when the Greenbelt Community Center opened in 1995. He has taught dance since 1970 and here he is selecting music from his large collection. Hole is also one of four instructors of an international folk dance group which meets every Friday night from 8:30 to 10:45 p.m. at the Greenbelt Community Center’s dance studio. The repertoire includes dances from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, Hungary, Turkey, Poland, Scandinavia, and many other countries.
The dance party includes both circle and couple dances. Some of the circle dances performed tonight are Bisabasi, Bosmat, Hashir Sheli, Hashachar, Lech Lamidbar, Shavnu, Betof Utzlil, Chai, Kulanu Bamitzad, and Yo Ya. Some of the couple dances are Churshat HaEukalyptus, Dodi Li, and Chiyuchim Baboker. Dancers tell me that each dance is choreographed in its particular way and needs to be learned individually.
The dance is from 8 to 11:15 p.m. Many dancers have been coming for many years and know each other well. Here they chat at 11:20 p.m. after the party. The Israeli “Oldies” Dance Party will return to the Greenbelt Community Center on October 13, November 24, and December 22. The cost is $7 and there are refreshments.