Eponymous Dances

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Dances named after specific human beings, either by the choreographer in choosing the dance name, or by the composer in naming the music.

Please keep these tables in alphabetical order.

Other than Biblical

Dance Name Eponym Choreographer Occasion Notes
Agilei Damar Shoshana Damari ז″ל Shmulik Gov-Ari Damari's 1988 Israel Prize Song composed in '88, the dance later
Bat Shlomo (Lital) Shlomo Maman
Bosmat Bosmat ? Moshiko Moshiko's first granddaughter
Chanita Anne (Channah) Eskayo ז″ל Moshe Eskayo Moshe's wife
Debka Allon Allon Weinstock Moshe Eskayo
Debka Ariel Ariel Weinstock Moshe Eskayo
Debka Chaim Chaim Gazuli ז″ל Moshe Eskayo In memoriam
Debka Dor Dor ? Moshiko Moshiko's grandson
Debka Eileen Eileen Weinstock Moshe Eskayo
Debka Irit Irit Eskayo ? Moshe Eskayo Moshe's daughter
Debka Larden Larry Denenberg Moshe Eskayo Larry's 50th birthday
Debka Li'el Li'el ? Moshe Eskayo Moshe's grandson?
Debka Micha Micha Weinstock Moshe Eskayo Eileen Weinstock's grandson
Debka Nufar Nufar ? Naftali Kadosh Naftali's daughter(?)
Debka Uriah Uriah Halevy Moshiko Moshiko's first child
Eliezer Ben Yehuda Eliezer Ben Yehuda Yoram Sasson Revived Hebrew as a modern language in Israel
Habaal Shem Tov Baal Shem Tov Meir Shem Tov The founder of Chassidism
Harikud Shel Pnina Pnina ? Tuvia Tishler
Hora Agadati Baruch Agadati Baruch Agadati The first choreographed dance
Hora Michal Michal Eskayo Moshe Eskayo Moshe's daughter
Kino's Dance Kino ? Israel Yakovee
Liat Li Liat Liat Weinstock Moshe Eskayo Liat's birth
Liya Liya Vaknine Moshe Eskayo Moshe's granddaughter
Natzer Mechake Lerabin Gamal Nasser and Yitzchak Rabin Yo'av Ashriel During the Six Day War
Niguna Shel Shlomit Shlomit ? Boaz Cohen
Niguno Shel Berel Berel ? Shlomo Maman
Niguno Shel Uri Uri Cohen Shlomo Maman, Hagai Ramati, Maurice Perez (3 versions) The composer
Niguno Shel Yossi Yossi Spivak Raya Spivak The composer
Mechol Ovadya Ovadya ? Yardena Cohen The composer
Rikud Atari Atari ? Israel Yakovee
Rikud Eileen Eileen Weinstock ? Moshe Eskayo
Shai L'Ayla Ayla Denenberg Moshiko Ayla's birth
Shmulke's Nigun Shmulke ?
Vilner Gaon (Hagaon MeVilna) The Vilna Gaon Mitch Ginsburgh Also known as the GRA, Rabbi Elijah ben Shlomo Zalman Kremer

Biblical

(For many more connections between Israeli dances and the Bible, with a wealth of details, visit The Bible Project.)

Dance Name Eponym Choreographer Citation Notes
Ahavat Shlomo Et Shulamit (Kishlomo Et Shulamit) Solomon and Shulamit Tzvi Fridhaber
Avram Avinu Abraham the patriarch two versions
Beohel Avraham Abraham the patriarch Levi Bar Gil
Eved Avraham Abraham the patriarch Yoram Sasson
David Hamelech Ba Lamesiba King David Shmulik Gov Ari
David Melech Israel King David Shmulik Gov Ari
David Melech Israel King David Gurit Kadman
David Vegoliyat David and Goliath Levi Bar Gil
David Yafe Enayim King David Benny Levy
Eved Avraham Abraham the patriarch Yoram Sasson
Hashir Shel Miriam Miriam Itzik Ben Dahan, Yaron Elfasy
Joshua Yehoshua Ben-Nun Dani Dassa Joshua ch. 1, 2, 10–12 Specifics here
Kedat Moshe Ve'Israel Moses Kobi Michaeli
Kinor David King David Fredie Cohen
Kismei Shaul King Saul Yankele Levy 1 Samuel 28:5–19
Magen David King David Asher Ellazam
Mayim Ledavid King David Chilik Carmeli
Mayim Ledavid Hamelech King David Giora Kadmon
Mizmor Ledavid King David several versions
Shir Hamaalot Ledavid King David Amnon Eilat
Sulam Ya'akov Jacob the Patriarch Yonatan Gabai
Torat Moshe Moses Israel Yakovee
Vecherev Ein Ledavid King David Tamar Alyagor
Vedavid Yafe Enayim King David several versions 1 Samuel, 16:11–12 and 18:7