The disk coordinator website, with the release of the Disk Coordinator 0014 project, celebrates Israeli dance in the Philadelphia area (and the dancers who partake of these sessions), Ira Weisburd's world tour of 2012 which took in two of the sessions we cover, and the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond movie music. This documentation pertains to third CD of this project designated as Golden III. Below is some more information

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This documentation pertains to the Golden III CD released with the second volume (designated as volume Golden II) of the Disk Coordinator 0014 project. Except for one error, this is a set of Germantown dance favorites. The Germantown session is led by Grant Shulman and administered by Tamar Magdivich. It has been active since 1997 and averages somewhere around 20 dancers each Sunday morning from September through June before taking a Sunday morning hiatus. During the summer, several sessions of Wednesday night dancing are offered. This CD is in limited release: distributed with the Golden IV DVD at Germantown and sporadically by itself with the 0014 Volume I (Volume Golden I) CDs.

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Please note several things:

1.       Research into the musical aspects of each song and the choreographer has been done using the www.israelidances.com website. This is a must visit and read web site for anyone interested in Israeli dance.

2.       Because of some error, the order of the dances was changed in the initial release of Golden III to the Germantown dancers on June 23, 2013. This involved the dances, Geshem Al Panai, Or Chadash and Yare'ach. Geshem Al Panai has been moved from track 1 to Track 5 and the other two dances have been moved up into tracks 4 & 8 respectively. Since our documentation indicates the dance, (and the Golden III CD is labeled) this should not be a problem for earlier recipients researching this CD.

3.       As designated in this order, the first four tracks follow the first 4 DVD videos of Golden IV. A fifth video on Golden IV pertains to the 8th track of this CD.

4.       We've added choreography, musical and dancer info for more insight. This web site takes responsibility to these observations. However, all musical compositions on the CD are the copyright of the creators of the music (column 4). This website reserves no rights as to any information, music or presentation on the CD or on this script.

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Bachalom

In the dreams

1989

Music:Jeroslav Jakubovich

Lyrics:Michal Vered

Singer:Anat Atzmon

Ami Ben Shushan

Overet Orach

Female Passer By

1990

Music:Jeroslav Jakubovich

Lyrics:Michal Vered

Singer:Anat Atzmon

Ami Ben Shushan

Lakum V'Laamod

To Arise and Stand

1989

Music and Lyrics:Yair Gore

Singer:Haim Moshe

Shmulik Gov Ari

 

The three dances above constitute Grant's Melancholy Trio as designated by the dancers at the Germantown Sunday morning session. We have tried to determine the derivation of this name. The two dancers credited with this dubbing, Minna (pictured left) and Mark (or is it Marc) both accuse the other of this infraction. Whoever is the culprit, the designator did hit upon a flavor of the music of all three titles. In the case of the first two, notice the musicians are the same.

In years past, Grant would end the session playing these three songs together. Of more recent usage, the songs are played apart. However they are played, they evoke warm, if not melancholy, feeling while danced.

Or Chadash

New Light

2001

Music:Ruven Erez

Lyrics:Reuven Erez, Dovele Itzik

Singer:Reuven Erez

Gadi Bitton

 

This is a favorite of all the dance sessions in the Philadelphia area and Germantown is not any exception. This embodies what many dancers enjoy about Israeli dance, upbeat music and complicated steps within reason. At Germantown this dance is always done with energy, something we expect the choreographer, Gadi Bitton, would appreciate.

Geshem Al Panai

Rain On my Face

1992

Music:Mani Beger

Lyrics:Meni Beger

Singer:Nisim Garame

Shmulik Gov Ari

 

While this web site cannot fully document the following, we do believe that in the early nineties the choreographer, Shmulik Gov Ari (pictured left), was teaching in the Phila. Area. It is said that he was choreographing and testing dances at these classes so it's possible that this dance has local origins. Besides the origins, the dance steps merge with the music to make a great dance.

Israelit

Female Israeli

2008

Lyrics:Dudu Barak

Music:Tomer Hadadi

Singer:Ilanit

Gadi Bitton

 

Another staple of Germantown, this song and dance is notable in several regards. First, it denotes the comeback of Ilanit who was a part of the Ilanit and Ilan duet of the '80s. She had been inactive for some years until releasing this hit. As to the dance, after years of creating harder and harder dance choreography. Gadi Bitton, pictured left, is quoted as claiming that his choreography of this dance is suited to beginners. In that, he is correct, as the steps are easily mastered after limited instruction.

Givah Achat

One Hill

2009

music:Shlomo Artzi

Lyrics:Natan Yonathan

Singer:Hagivatron

Rafi Ziv

 

If you take a look at the music references of this list, you will see references to all three of the musicians mentioned. With such a lineage, it is not surprising that this song and dance, the steps created by another legend in contemporary Israeli dance choreography Rafi Ziv, pictured left -, has caught on. Grant started teaching this at Germantown shortly after Don had shown it at his classes so it has been a staple at the Germantown session for several years.

Yare'ach

Moon

2012

All:Shlomo Artzi

Kobi Michaeli

 

Introduced through Wendy Friedman, this is one of the hardest dances in the Germantown repertoire. There is at least 4 parts depending on how you slice the steps. Similar to other dances choreographed by Kobi Michaeli, pictured left, it takes time to master the sequence. There is no question that Kobi will take difficult music multiple change of beats and through choreography try to make sense of it as he has done with this song and others including Tikvateinu which is also included later in this CD

Toda La'el

Thanks God

1999

Music: Ze'ev Nehama, Tamir Kalisky

Lyrics:Ze'ev Nehama

Singer:Eyal Golan

Nir Dor

 

Germantown is the only session in the Phila. Area to regularly do this dance. Sometime ago Tamar had remarked about the numeric in doing the first part 2, 1 and a half and the nickname the binary dance has remained in one form or another. There is also some contention as to how it got introduced to the group. Memory serves that it was a part of a workshop by Don Schillinger but there is also contention that Grant had started to teach and play the dance before Don's appearance. One other thing should be mentioned about this dance: notice that the music and lyrics are by members of the band, Ethnix. The picture to the left is Ethnix and Eyal Golan in concert.

Bimkom Preda

Instead of parting

2010

Music:Micha Bitton

Lyrics: Natan Yonathan

Singer:Micha Bitton

Gadi Bitton

 

Gadi Bitton is one of the leading contemporary Israeli dance choreographers and this dance has all the elements that make his dances popular. The composer. Micha Bitton, has also contributed Sheyavo to the musical scene which has become a popular partner dance.

Bo Beshalom

Come in Peace

1983

Music:Nurit Hirsh

Lyrics:Rachel Shapira

Singer:Lahakat Pikud Tzafon

Yo'av Ashriel

 

Germantown does a lot of old favorites as opposed to other sessions that tend to track the newer dances. So, it is not unusual to run into compositions from some of the titans of musical composition in Israel. As with other songs on this CD, this is the work of the great Nurit Hirsh, pictured to the left. Since the dance dates back to 1983, the steps give the dance an older feel. This may also be the result of the fact that the dance steps do not have any Yemenites in the choreography.

Eretz Yisrael Yafa

The Land Of Israel is Beautiful

1980

Music:Shaike Paikov

Lyrics:Dudu Barak

Singer:Lahakat Pikud Darom

Yankele Levy

 

To the left is a picture of Shaike Paikov as he appeared in 1989 at the Eurovision competition. His music was in contention. This is the same composer who did Eretz Eretz. Paikov was a classically trained pianist who moved into creating and arranging more modern aspects of his love.

This web site has been doing research on John Barry who was similar to Paikov as to education. Barry had a foray into Jazz before following a path similar to Paikov's.

In this dance one has the union of two great forces. Paikov was in the midst of writing popular music with a patriotic flair such as this selection. In Yankele Levy, the music met its match as Levy was one of the forces that created the genre of Israeli dance from its original envelope of International folk dancing.

Shir Al Re'i

Song About My Friend

1978

Music:Chaim Ochana

Lyrics:Dan Biron

Singer:Hagivatron

Chayim Shiryon

 

While this is a new dance to the Germantown session, it dates back to 1978. Of interest is the running miyim that starts the first part of the dance. Hagivatron was a Kibbitz oriented folk singing group. We dance to many of their songs including Givah Achat and Gvanim.

Sovevuni

Spin Me Around

1955

Music:Mordechai Zeira

Lyricist:Yaakov Orland

Yo'av Ashriel

Bapardes Leyad Hashoket (Bapardes)

In the orchard near the water trough

1984

Lyrics:Yoram Tahar Lev

Music:Nurit Hirsh

Singer:Yehoram Gaon

Aaron Rapheali

 

This has been recently introduced to the Germantown dancers by Grant and has become a favorite. The pedigree is there. The music is the creation of perhaps Israel's greatest composer, Nurit Hirsh. All Israeli dancers have benefited from her music which we dance to at every session

Eshebo

Beautiful (A)

1991

Music:Algerian

Lyrics:Ibrahim Chalad

Singer:Etti Ankri

Beber Shushan

 

Israeli dance uses somgs from all over the world. This one is from Algeria. Listen to the background use of tambourine and the staccato drum accompanied by then bongos. This could have been put right into the Gypsy camp scenes of From Russia With Love.

Im Rotzim

If One Wants

1994

Music:Aris San

Lyrics:Chamutal Ben Ze'ev

Singer:Dov, Dassa

Tuvia Tishler

 

The choreographer of this dance, Tuvis Tishler, pictured left, is known for his somewhat exotic steps in his partner dances. He extends this here where two sideways hesitations are added to a back miyim which begins the process. Israeli dance derives from International folk dance and one could easily imagine Tishler's steps for this dance fitting that genre.

Shufni

Look at Me (A)

1993

Music:Nomi Amrani

Lyrics:Folk

Singer:Tzion Golan

Israel Yakovee

 

Israel Yacovee comes from a dance family as his sister, Yoni Carr, is both a choreographer in her own right and leads a dance session on Thursday nights in San Diego. Most of his dances are testament to his Yemenite heritage and this dance is no exception

Tzel Etz Tamar

Palm Tree Shadow

1992

Music: Greek

Lyrics: Efrat Faintuch

Singer:Daklon

Benny Levy

 

Israeli dance comes from many countries and has many beats. This is pure rumba although the steps as choreographed by Benny Levy are not. The singer is a one-name legend in Israel and the one name, Daklon (pictured left), pertains to his skinniness as a youth. On Israelidances.com, there are 167 references to his songs many of which we dance to in the sessions within the Philadelphia area.

Tikvateinu

Our Hope

2002

Music: Greek

Lyrics:Yarona Harel

Singer:Esta

Kobi Michaeli

 

This is a more advanced dance per Germantown as put together by Kobe Michaeli. His dances tend to be complicated (and some others are part of 14 series) and this one is especially technical in the beginning steps as he reinvents a miyim step as the music begins.

Olam Hafuch

Upside Down World

2000

Composer: Jeroslav Jakubovich

Lyrics:Ehud Manor

Singer:Shlomit Aharon

Jack Ochayon

 

This is a favorite of Germantown generally requested by Sylvia. The lyricist, Ehud Manor, spans the modern era of Israeli music having dealt with Nurit Hirsh in the 1980's and groups like Ethnix in the present era.

Ahaya

Love

1998

Music & Singer:Shlomi Shabat

Lyrics:Yankele Rotblit

Gadi Bitton

Mistakes occur and here's one in the inclusion of this dance. In the complications of setting the playlists for the 14 series, this has sneaked into the Germantown 14C list although as a partner dance, this is not played at Germantown

Eretz Achat

One Land

1992

Music:Yair Klinger

Lyrics: Shmuel Kalinski

Singer: Yehuda Elias

Eyal Levy

 

This and the song below were introduced to the group through one of Don's workshops in previous years. A song (and dance) that emphasizes the downbeat of the music. Periodically Grant reviews the steps which are somewhat symmetric yet complex

Hanisich Halavan

White Prince

1992

Music: Micky Yagi

Lyrics: Dudu Barak

Singer: Uri Fineman

Israel Shiker

 

Israeli dancers deal with a variety of songs sung by Uri Fineman. These compositions are by various composers. The choreographer, Naftaly Kaddosh, has used Fineman compositions for several of his partner dances during the 1990's including Nistar Itack and Ahava Yam Tichonet.

The choreographer of this dance, Israel Shiker pictured here, has used Fineman's music for a variety of circle dances over the years. Ths composition is a favorite at Germantown being introduced to the group by Don Schillinger on the same workshop that introduced the prior dance to the group. Many of the group are quite aggressive in attacking the center of the circle when appropriate.

Rona

Woman's Name

1987

Music & performance:Samir Shukri

Lyrics: Yafit Avitan

Sefi Aviv

 

Rona is an established Israeli dance done by all sessions. Some think it as the dance that divides beginner vs advanced dances within a session. At Germantown a variety of jumping pertaining to the second part can be seen with some doing great leaps while others keeping time with more limited acrobatics.

Mamri'im

Taking Off (soaring)

2007

All:Mosh Ben Ari

Rafi Ziz

 

Ari, pictured left, is a versatile composer/performer using a variety of styles. He leads a band called "Sheva" which performs across the world and is on tour in the US this year. Chomelet, Enateel and Od Yavo Shalom Alaynu are other pieces of music that we dance to in Philadelphia.

Rafi Ziz is a famous choreographer who appeared in 2012 at the Toronto Isreal dance festival. His dances are known for great sweeps of movement and this dance is no exception

FRWL/JB themes

 

1963

Music:Monty Norman,John Barry,Lionel Bart

"This is a combination of musical talent. Lionel Bart had created the movie theme but lacked the ability to arrange the music (this would be called a "Head" arrangement). Monty Norman had created a theme in a prior movie. John Barry brought the two together. In this track, the opening credits for the movie, From Russia With Love, you hear the instrumental version of Bart's creation of a movie theme transiting to Part 2 of the James Bond theme as credited to Norman.