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Adult Dances

Jewish Sacred Dance for Adults —  I incorporate sacred dance into a service to build kavannah (intention). For example, I often lead two or three dances right before the sh’ma to bring the group together physically and devotionally. This really deepens the prayer. As one participant at a Rosh Hashanah service said, “This was the most holy sh’ma of my whole life.”

An artist who was a participant at a Yom Kippur service at which I led a partner dance said that she was so entranced by the beauty she saw in each face, that she was inspired to change the focus of her painting from still lives to portraits.

I also lead sacred dance after a Havdalah service as a way to enter the new week with joy and connection to holiness. Besides incorporating sacred dance into Shabbat and holiday observances I sometimes hold sessions of sacred dance just because the dances are wonderful to share with a group of people and bring much needed such peace and love to the dancers and the planet. These sacred dances are surely a form of Tikkun olam (healing the world).

I have two sets available to help you learn the dances and lead them in your community. The first, Jewish Sacred Dance, is an audiotape and a dance manual. On the audiotape you can hear fourteen songs. The dances which go with these songs are described in the dance manual.

If you would prefer to see the dances being taught and danced Jewish Sacred Dance for Adults is the set for you. This set will provide you with the materials that you need to bring joy, peace and connection to your community. The songs and chants used in these sets were composed by many extraordinary musicians and rabbis including Reb Zalman Schacter-Shalomi, Rabbi David Cooper, Rabbi Lev Friedman, Rabbi Jack Gabriel, Rabbi Shefa Gold, David Kruger, Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi Shawn Zevit, and Debbie Friedman.

These are sample clips at a lower resolution than on the CD-ROMs.

Click to view "Kaddosh" dance video clip

(WMV - 1.3Mb)

Click to view "It is Perfect" dance video clip

It is Perfect
(WMV - 709Kb)

Click to view "Barkhu" dance video clip

(WMV - 1.1Mb)

Click to view "Hallelu" dance video clip

(WMV - 1.4Mb)

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