Dance Rhythms for Band & Wedding Dance

Dance Rhythms for Band is at once quirky, elegant and playful, not only in its rhythmic patterns but in its orchestration. The rhythms are breezily irregular, more suited to the modern-dance stage than the ballroom floor, but the piece always seems on the verge of settling into some popular pattern, perhaps with a Latin flavor.

Wedding Dance is a lively hora from the symphonic suite for orchestra entitled, Hasseneh. “Hora” comes from ancient Greek khoros, which also gives us such words as “chorus” and “choir.” Traditional circle dances deriving their names from khoros can be found all over the Balkans and southeastern Europe. They include the Turkish and Romanian hora, the Bulgarian horo, the Montenegrin and Macedonian ora, and the Russian khorovod, and they are all very old and highly similar in the way they are danced. For the Israeli/jewish hora, everybody forms a circle, holding hands or interlocking arms behind their backs or on their shoulders and steps forward toward the right with the left foot, then follows with the right foot. The left foot is then brought back, followed by the right foot. This is done while holding hands and circling together in a fast and cheerful motion to the right. Large groups allow for the creation of several concentric circles.

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