Debka Larden

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Hebrew: דבקה לרדן

History

Debka Larden was choreographed by Moshe Eskayo in honor of the fiftieth birthday of Larry Denenberg. It was commissioned by Denenberg's wife, Rachael Rosner. It is thought to be the first commissioned Israeli folkdance in existence, although it was followed by Becca Rausch's Bereshit Bara. (There are unconfirmed reports that Horat He-Asor and Hora Mamtera were earlier commissioned dances.)

As might be expected, Debka Larden is virtually unknown outside the northeastern United States, and is not very well known even there. The part that is particularly well known, however, is a set of four sways, during which everyone in the room should shout "Larry, Larry, Larry, Larry." This custom was made popular by Eileen Weinstock, Eskayo's long-time friend and co-teacher.

References

Debka Larden at israelidances.com

Video at Rokdim