Sports Center

Folk Dancing: From Classical Greek to Modern Israeli

Instructor: Bill Nelson

Folk dancing, first and foremost, is about the joy of moving to music, combined with the celebration of community. The dances are usually done in a line or circle, giving the novice dancer the support of fellow dancers on either side. Historically, folk dancing, as I know it, began with the Greek hora about 3,000 years ago (as described by Homer). Over the centuries, the hora spread north throughout the Balkans to Russia, east to Asia Minor, and south to the Mediterranean and Middle East, culminating in modern times with an explosion of choreographies from Israel.  As the Greek hora became adopted by different cultures, it changed in appearance, reflecting the styles and sensibilities of the cultures. Amazingly, it did not change its basic structure or its cadence. Nevertheless, one has to feel a great sense of awe for the transformational power of cultural diversity as an agent of creativity. Hopefully, these words will make more sense once you have learned the many dances that have resulted from the Greek hora’s remarkable journey.

Class Times:
Sundays, 3:30-5:30 (Sports Center-Dance Studio)