ISRAELI DANCE & ROBIN STARR (OF THE DIFFERENT SOCKS DANCE COMPANY)
SHALOM - (1993) - CIRCLE
When I started my own classes, I wanted an easy dance to finish the session, so I wrote this dance, creating the music and steps simultaneously.
I wanted the dance itself to be symbolic of a farewell, because when I created the steps, it was just that, a bunch of steps. I analysed the way I farewelled a friend, and realised there were two important elements. The first was saying words of farewell. That was easy; ensuring the dancers sang the words Shalom in the chorus. The second was moving physically closer, usually ending in an embrace. That was also easy. I wrote a simple introduction, so that when the dancers heard it (I never had to announce the dance as the intro was enough), they congregated on the floor and danced the first time through holding hands. The second time through, they moved closer, dancing with hands on shoulders. For the finale, still with hands on shoulders, they took five steps into the centre, a final embrace! At that stage, they usually kissed as well, so it was certainly representative of the physical elements of my farewell.
The dance was most successful. Everyone always came on to the floor for this dance, sang with gusto and at the end, hugged and kissed each other in farewell, which was exactly how I envisaged the dance would be.
The original recording featured my two sons and I singing. It was re-recorded by Simon recently, doing all the instrumentals and vocals, and once again, he excelled with this beautiful version.
The registration of this dance was approved by the Irgun in December 2006, having been taught at the French dance camp, Mechol Hashalom, in 2005.
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