DANCE TRADITIONS, SPIRITUAL AND INTERNATIONAL

Traditions of dance can be found in societies from all time periods and in every corner of the world.  Although the forms these dance traditions take can vary tremendously across cultures, the goals and purposes behind these traditions fall into several recurring themes.  Spiritual expression and the quest for a connection with the Divine is a common goal of dance traditions in a wide variety of societies.  The Mad 7 explores several specific traditions of ritual dance in connection with the process of spiritual expression and exploration.  Each one comes from a different area of the world to which the Jewish people have been scattered in the process of Diaspora.

The videos below contain examples of spiritual dance in some of the styles explored in The Mad 7.

Klezmer:

Sephardic:

Yemenite:

Classical Persian:

Ethiopian:

Bharata Natyam: