Mayim  (Israel)


Background: Mayim means water in Hebrew, the language of the people in Israel.  This dance is one of the earliest dances of Israel.  The country is very dry and the dance was created to express the joy of finding water. 

Grade Level:  Middle and High School

Formation: Single Circle facing center. The dance can be done with dancers holding hands, without holding hands or a scarf that is held between dancers.

Movements: Grapevine, Walking, Running, Clapping, Hopping, Kicking

Description:

Part 1 Grapevine moving to the left. Begin the grapevine with the right foot crossing in front of the left. One step for each count  (16 counts)

Part 2  Walk four steps forward toward the center of the circle and then walk four steps going backward. One step for each walk, 4 counts forward and four counts backward. (8 counts)  Clap on count 5.  Repeat Part 2 again. (8 counts)

Part 3  Run in place four steps kicking heels up backward toward glueteus maximus. One count for each run step. (4 counts)

Part 4  Hop on right foot eight times while kicking the left foot side and front.  Repeat the side and front kicks four times.  (8 counts for hops and kicks)

Part 5  Hop on left foot eight times while kicking the right foot side and front.  Repeat the side and front kicks four times.  (8 counts for hops and kicks)

Dance repeats over again.  The number of repetitionsdepends on the duration of the music.