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Arabic: شبابة (flute). Circle dance by Moshiko Halevy, 1983.

The English word has many variant spellings: shubabe, shebaba, etc. These can be justified via alternative dialects of Arabic.

Shababe is unusual in that it is danced in long lines, with the leader at the left end of the line.

The dance was introduced in Boston at a Moshiko workshop on February 13, 1983. It was widely anticipated to be taught by Moshiko at Hora Shalom that year, but was withheld because the dancers present were not considered properly appreciative. It was taught at Hora Shalom 1984.


A picture of a shababe.

Shababe at

Video at Rokdim