Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Than a Hora: Israeli Teenage Ballroom Dance Champs Perform to Hebrew and Yiddish Medley

If you thought Israeli dancing meant doing the hora or a mitzvah tantz, it's time to update your knowledge of Israel and what Israelis are doing at home and on the world scene.

Teen Dancers Michael Lerner and Marika Odikadze recently won the Israeli Junior Championship in Ballroom Dancing in the 16 to 18 age group, and represented Israel in international competitions sponsored by the International DanceSport Federation in Linz, Austria.  

We caught a glimpse of Michael and Marika dancing to a medley of familiar Hebrew and Yiddish songs, including Hava Nagila, L'Chayim, Papirossen, Chiribim, Bublichki, Tumbalalaika, Where Do I Begin (Love Story), Cabaret, and Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, as sung by The Barry Sisters and other singers.  We thought you'd like to share the experience.  Enjoy!

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