Tsadik Katamar

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Alternative Names 'כתםר צדיק' is the original spelling.
'Tsadik Katamar' is an English transcription.
'Tzadik Katamar' is an alternative English transcription & the Dutch transcription.
Formation Circle. V-hold
Dance Structure (A x 2 + B x 2) repeated to the end of the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 2 bar phrases.
Music Speed 120 counts/min.
Choreographer Jonathan Gabay
Source Sally Fletcher in Ipswich.

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A very easy & popular traditional Israeli dance that is frequently used as a first beginner's dance. There are probably hundreds of set of notes for dance & thousands of videos of it being danced on the web!)

Sometimes this is called, especially by Sacred/Circle Dancers, 'The Wise Man & the Fool' but I did not include that in my list of alternative as it was from a mistranslation of the song which is actually about praising the righteous man (the title being 'The righteous man as palm tree').

Style: The style intended by the choreographer is very plain, simple and unornamented. However, the style most commonly used in Britain comes via the Sacred/Circle repertoire and has big exaggerated floaty sways etc..


Two phrases.

Part A

Summary: Starting R foot, walk 4 steps R. 4 sways facing centre.

Start Facing cw around the circle. V-hold.
1 Walk 4 steps forwards starting R foot (R, L, R, L).
2 Face the centre of the circle raising arms to Lambda-hold and sway onto R foot then L then R again the L again.

Part B

Summary: Walk R in R L forwards & R L backwards. Turn cw 360 deg in 4 steps ending L across infront. R in place, L close, R across infront, L close. 4 sways.

Start Facing cw around the circle. V-hold.
1-2 Walk 2 steps forwards starting R foot (R, L).
3-4 Face acw around the circle and walk 2 steps backwards starting R foot (R, L).
2 Turn 270 deg cw in place (ending facing the centre of the circle) in 4 steps (R, L, R, L) ending with the L foot across infront of the right (this happens naturally at the end of the turn).
1 R in place.
2 L close.
3 R across infront.
4 L in place.
4 Repeat Part A bar 2 (4 sways).

(Bar 3 together with the final step of the turn and the first step of the sways form a L Cherkessia followed by a R Cherkessia but it fits so naturally that it is not unless on analyses it does one think "I'm sure that fitted in fours throughout so how did those two three-count Cherkessias fit in?".)