Vayiven Uziyahu

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Alternative Names 'ויבן צוזיהו' is the original spelling.
'Vayiven Uziyahu' is an English transcription by Roberto.
Formation Circle or lines. V-hold.
Dance Structure ((A x 2) + (B x 2)) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar & 2 bar phrases except for an extra 2 count bar in the middle of part B.
Music Speed 145 counts/min.
Translation And Uziah will Build.
Choreographer Rivka Shturman.
Composer Yochanan Zakai.
Source Taught by Roberto Haddon at Witnesham in 1996.

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A lively, distinctive & not very difficult Israeli dance but one which seems to have fallen in the gap between the traditional & modern Israeli styles. It is by the most popular of traditional Israeli choreographers and has the enthusiastic attitude of traditional Israeli dances rather than the studious attitude of modern ones but is to poppy music (which reminds me of 'March of the Mods'!) and I've only come across it in sessions of otherwise modern Israeli dances.

(I had the music to this as the ringtone on my first mobile telephone as it happened to be the first tune to a folk dance I found in a suitably convertible (abc) format but that telephone played it monophonic with no loudness variation so the part of the tune with 7 successive notes of the same pitch distinguished mainly by "de De DE de, de De Der" dynamics came out boringly as "De De De De De De Der"!)

Style: Israeli style. Casual, enthusiastic, jolly & bouncy.


Summary: Part A or B depending on the recording.

The introduction was either of Part A length (16 counts) in the instrumental & Part B length (18 counts) in the vocal versions of the tunes Roberto used.

Part A

Summary: 4 running steps & 4 jumps. Repeat middle half twice.

Start Facing acw around the circle. V-hold.
1 R forwards running.
2 L forwards running.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 (running R & L steps forwards).
1 Facing the centre & on both feet, jump & land on the spot.
2-4 Repeat count 1 thrice (making 4 jumps on the spot in total).
1-2 Repeat bar 1 counts 3-4 (2 running steps forwards).
3-4 Repeat bar 2 counts 1-2 (2 jumps on the spot).
4 Repeat bar 3 (2 running steps & 2 jumps).

Part B

Summary: R leap, L walk, R stamp, pause. Repeat. 2 steps with claps. 4 runs. 2 Both Ones.

Start Facing acw around the circle. V-hold.
1 Leap forwards onto R foot.
2 L forwards walking step.
3 R close with a flat footed stamp.
4 Pause.
2 Repeat bar 1 (leap forwards R, step forwards L, R stamp close, pause).
1 R walk forwards with a clap. The clap is infront of the body at about waist level.
2 L walk forwards with a clap likewise.
4 Repeat Part A bar 1 (4 running steps forwards starting R) with increasing pace length.
1 Leap from L foot turning to face centre and landing on both feet with feet apart.
2 L across infront turning to face acw around the circle (combined with the previous step, this is sometimes called a "Both-One" step).
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 (a Both One step).