Kareve Yom

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Alternative Names 'Kareve Yom' is the common UK transcription of the name of the dance.
'Karev Yom' is the common UK transcription of the name of the song.
'Kareve Iom' is another Latin transcription of the name of the dance.
Formation Circle. No hold.
Dance Structure ((A x 2) + (B x 2) + (C x 2) + (D x 2)) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 90 counts/min.
Choreographer Nanni Kloke.
Source Jan Savage in a social dance in Ipswich.

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A very simple very slow Sacred/Circle dance. I find the dance itself rather too Circle meditative/drippy for my tastes but I find the music very atmospheric.

The music is Israeli (it is an arrangement of a traditional Passover song) but the dance is not. There is an Israeli dance of the same name to a version of the same song but apparently (I've only seen a video of it) that is a line dance and lot faster.

(Unlike most of the dances I have put on my website, this is not one I've taught. A friend put my rough notes on her website so I had to tidy it up and make the tidied version available. I don't have as much confidence in these notes as I would like. E.g. I only found out the choreographer was known when a reader told me I should have included the name.)

Style: Meditative. All hand position changes slow, elegant & flowing.

Part A

Summary: Upper arms down, forearms forwards, palms down. Starting R foot, walk in 2 step & sway both ways.

Start Facing the centre.
1-2 Walk R forwards (small step because there are 8 to fit in).
3-4 Walk L forwards.
1-2 Sway R.
3-4 Sway L.
Hands Upper arms vertically down by sides, forearms horizontally out forwards & hands flat with palms facing down.

Part B

Summary: As Part A but palms up.

As Part A (R forwards, L forwards, sway R, sway L) but with palms facing up (arms otherwise as in Part A).

Part C

Summary: As Part A but walk backwards, upper arms forwards, forearms vertical & palms vertical.

Feet As Part A but stepping backwards instead of forwards.
Hands Upper arms horizontally out forwards, forearms vertically up & hands flat with palms facing forwards.

Part D

Summary: As Part C but palms on belly.

As Part C (R backwards, L backwards, sway R, sway L) but with the L hand flat palm on belly & R hand flat palm on the back of the L hand.