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Worship Dances

Kad'shaynu

Kad'shaynu means "set us apart" (often translated "make us holy" or "sanctify us"). I do not know the choreographer of this traditional dance.

The entire dance is done not holding hands.

Each numbered step takes four beats of music.

  1. (facing inward) Sway R, sway L, brush R foot in front of left foot, and pause
  2. (facing inward) Sway R, sway L, brush R foot in front of left foot, and pause
  3. (facing inward) Walk forward R-L-R, and then touch L heel to the ground
  4. (facing inward) Walk backward L-R-L, and then touch R heel to the ground
  5. Facing inward step back with R foot while turning to face LLOD, then walk in LLOD three steps L-R-L
  6. (facing LLOD) touch R heel to ground, step onto R foot, touch L heel to ground, step onto L foot
  7. Facing LLOD step backwards two steps R-L, and then pivot to face RLOD while taking two more steps R-L
  8. (facing RLOD) touch R heel to ground, step onto R foot, touch L heel to ground, step onto L foot

Note: the R and L heel touches are sometimes called a "Debka R" and a "Debka L".

The song "Kad'shaynu" has a simple melody of increasing tempo, which is ideal for rejoicing using a "follow the leader" format, where people take turns proposing simple variant dances. A simple version traditionally used as an alternate sequence of steps is:

Variation

  1. (facing RLOD) Step forward R-together-R, then pause
  2. (facing RLOD) Step forward L-together-L, then pause
  3. (facing inward) Yemenite R (to three beats of music), then pause
  4. (facing inward) touch L heel to ground, pause, touch R heel to ground, pause
         [repeat reversing R and L]

Note how the dance steps are simpler when playing "follow the leader". This allows the alternate steps to be done worshipfully on their second or third rendition, before the another person tries to be "leader" and propose new choreography.