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BO DODI

a dance and song

From: Ron Houston. Folk Dance Problem Solver (1987). Austin, Texas: Society of Folk Dance Historians, 1987.

(BOH doe-DEE) = come, my beloved

No OTHER NAMES that I know of.

BACKGROUND:

Choreographed by Gurit Kadman prior to 1953, music by I. Vogel, also known as J. Fogel, this Israeli folk dance is a dance of courtship, so let's see a little courting out there!

FORMATION:

Circle of couples, woman to partner's R, all facing CW, not CCW. Hands unjoined.


BARS ACTION
4/4Introduction.
1-2Shift weight to R ft so as to be ready to start onto L ft.
  
 We can't go on meeting like this.
1-2Man dances the passive step; woman dances the active step, moving forward and CW around the circle.
 Passive step (= 4 step-bends): step slightly to L onto L ft (ct 1), bend L knee and clap hands (ct 2), repeat to R (cts 3,4). Repeat. Active step: step forward onto L ft (ct 1), touch R toe beside L ft (ct 2), repeat step-touch onto R ft (cts 3,4). Run forward 4 steps onto: L ft, R ft, L ft, R ft (cts 1,2,3,4).
3-4Woman dances the passive step; man rejoins woman with the active step.
5-8= 1-4.
 _______________________________
 Running around together.
9-10Man dances the passive step; W M x center
 woman dances the active step around the man:
 _______________________________
11-12Woman dances the passive step;
 man dances the active step around the woman: M W x center
 _______________________________
 Spreading the word.
13-14Man dances the passive step; woman dances the active step toward the center.
15-16Woman dances the passive step; man rejoins the woman with the active step.
  
 Getting serious. Grasp your partner's elbows. Bend L elbows to face a bit to L.
17-20Turn CW as a couple with 2 active steps (but not too active steps).
21-24Bend slightly your own R elbow and turn CCW as a couple with 2 active steps.
  
 Hmm.... All face CW, woman to man's R, and slightly forward. Join R hands above woman's R shoulder; hold joined L hands forward (varsouvienne position).
25-32Dance CW around the circle as a couple with 4 traveling steps:
 Traveling step: step forward onto L ft (ct 1), hop forward on L ft (ct 2), step-hop forward onto R ft (cts 3,4), leap forward onto: L ft, R ft, L ft, R ft (cts 1,2,3,4).
  
 Drop hands to repeat the dance from the beginning, twice more.
Bo dodee aloofee hagorna, Come my beloved, to the threshing floor,
sham sim'cha sham tsohola! there'll be laughter and joy!
Boee yafatee bimcholot netse-a Yes, my fair one, let's dance together
hechatan v'hakala. like 2 sweethearts.
Tnoo tsil'chem hare Efrayeem; Cast your shade, oh hills of Ephraim;
zamru zemer lakotsreem! sing your glad song to the reapers!
v'atem kochvey shamayeem, And you, oh stars in the shining heavens,
ronoo ronoo ladodeem. sing to the lovers all night long.

End of BO DODI.