In the book, “Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah,” the children celebrate Hanukkah by dancing the Hora. So in music, I taught the students how to do the Hora Dance. First, we practiced holding hands and walking in a circle. With some of the older classes, we practiced crossing our legs in front and behind. After several rounds of going in a circle, we stopped and practiced walking into the middle of the circle while raising our arms up several times. Then I put on the Hora Medley music and we danced!
Students worked on holding hands, staying in a circle, and walking together. This week, I saw some of the best class circles that I have seen all semester. It was hard for some students to touch each other and they felt more comfortable holding a teacher’s hand. It took coordination to walk together, keeping our balance, as some students were pulling the group toward them or outside of the group. When we walked into the middle, students were giggling as they bumped into each other with their heads, shoulders, and elbows. I talked about staying safe and not bumping into each other. It was fun to get close to people and in their space!
At first, the students were not sure about the dance, some called it boring, and by the end with all the quick walking in a circle and raising arms up, students were laughing and having a good time. We enjoyed our celebratory dance in honor of Hanukkah!