BA LA

Israeli

 

MUSIC:

Tipex (Teapacks)

SINGER:

Kobi Oz

ORIGINAL RECORDING:

N/A

CHOREOGRAPHY:

Meir Shem-Tov 2000

FORMAT:

Partner (mixer dance)

VIDEO LINK:

homepage.mac.com/israeli_folk_dances/iMovieTheater157.html

 

I learned this dance from Penny Brichta at the 2001 Door County Folk Festival. It is an example of the current Latin-American trend in Israeli dancing.

 

SPECIFIC STEPS:

Cha-cha: Step slow-slow-quick-quick-slow with a "Latin sway of hips and shoulders." This can be achieved by taking small steps from the hip, placing one foot in front of the other. The only exception is the second "quick": that is a small step on the ball of the foot, again with a hip sway.

Tcherkessiya (to right): Step L across, R in place, L backward, R in place

 

Couples are in circle facing CCW, men (M) on inside, women (W) outside, holding near hands Steps are described for M; W use opposite footwork and hands.

 

Intro - instrumental. Start on vocal.

Measure

 

1-4

Cha-cha step: L, R, L-R-L , near hands held

5-8

Repeat 1-4 opposite footwork

9-12

Sway L, sway R, L-R-L changing places with partner, M cross in front of W: M lift R arm to lead W behind (turn slightly to direction of travel, but no twirls!), let go while M low L. hand "catches" W R hand

13-16

Repeat 9-12 with opposite footwork, M cross behind W: M lift L arm to lead W in front (no turns!), keep hands held or close

17-18

Balance forward towards partner L, M L hand touching W R hand (push), R in place

19-20

L-R-L away from partner

21-24

Rock R away from partner, L in place, R-L-R towards partner

25-28

Tcherkessiya towards partner, M L hand touching W R hand (push)

29-32

Taking both hands, turn inward together, L-R-L, R-L-R

 

 

 

Notes: Hanneke Meij, modified from Penny Brichta

Presented by Hanneke Meij (Cincinnati) at TriCity Festival in Dayton, March 14, 2004.

 

 

(Hebrew transcribed)

(translation)

BA LA

SHE FEELS LIKE IT

 

 

Cha Cha

Cha cha

Ba la al hakayitz, ba la al hayam

She's hot on summer; she's hot on the sea

Im bikini, im hutini, ba la al kulam

With a bikini, with a thong, she's hot on everyone

Hi meziza et hayasvan, hakol etzla muchan

She moves her behind, everything is ready.

Ba la shechaval la al hazman

She doesn't want to waste time.

 

 

Ba la chili-cha-cha, ba la chik-chik-chak

She's hot on chili-cha-cha, she's hot on it so fast

Im bikini, im hutini, kol hahof nimhak

With a bikini, with a thong, the whole beach erased

Hi meziza et hayasvan, hakol etzla muhan

She moves her behind, she is so ready

Ba in shehaval in al hazman

She doesn't want to waste time.

 

 

Ba la at hakayitz, ba la al hayam

She's hot on summer; she's hot on the sea

Im bikini, im hutini, ba la al kulam

With a bikini, with a thong, she s hot on everyone

Hi meziza et hayasvan, hakol etzla muhan

She moves her behind, she is so ready

Ba in sehaval la al hazman

She doesn't want to waste time.

 

 

Ba li ba li lihiot kmo seniorita

I'm hot, I'm hot, on being like a seniorita

Ba li be li vehashir kvar mehuvan

I'm hot, I'm hot, and the song is now prepared

Harikud matrif,

The dance is making me mad,

kol hahof mashkif

the whole beach is watching

Ba li sehaval li al hazman

I don't want to waste time.

 

 

Ba li ba li leshagea et hakayitz

I'm hot, I'm hot on making summer mad

Ba li ba li balenaanea et hayam

I m hot on moving the sea

Hametzil metzitz veyotze lo mitz

The life-guard is peeping and his juice is out

Ba li sehaval li al hazman

I don't want to waste time.

 

 

Ai ai ai ani mukefet beh'eynaim

Ai ai ai, Im surrounded with eyes

Ai ai ai vehagvarim sheyechaku

Ai ai ai, and the men can wait

Ai ai ai uchsh'eani ered lamayim

Ai ai ai, and when III go down to the water

Ai ai ai hem kulam itmatetu

Ai ai ai, they'll all collapse

 

 

Ba li ketzev

I'm hot on rhythm

Cha cha oh

Cha cha oh