THE NOSTALGIA PROJECT
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Israeli Dances - History & Stats
 
A large and growing movement of Israeli dancers worldwide want to include more of the 'original' or 'old style' dances into their dance sessions.

You can decide if you want to call them 'Nostalgia', or 'Vintage', 'Retro' or 'Second Generation'.
The range of Nostalgia dances are generally thought of as created before 1990.
 
This page shows you the total amount of all Israeli dances created from 1924 to 2015.
In terms of growth of dances:
1924 - 1 dance 1929 - 1 dance 1930 - 7 dances 1937 - 1 dance
   
Total 1924-1937:    10 dances

       
1940 -  3 dances 1950 - 17 dances 1960 - 43 dances 1970 - 50 dances
1941 -  6 dances 1951 -   6 dances 1961 - 16 dances 1971 - 27 dances
1942 -  1 dance 1952 -   7 dances 1962 - 14 dances 1972 - 39 dances
1943 -      none 1953 - 13 dances 1963 -   5 dances 1973 - 36 dances
1944 - 10 dances 1954 -   9 dances 1964 - 17 dances 1974 - 45 dances
1945 -   7 dances 1955 - 17 dances 1965 -   8 dances 1975 - 23 dances
1946 -   4 dances 1956 - 12 dances 1966 -   8 dances 1976 - 60 dances
1947 - 10 dances 1957 - 16 dances 1967 -   6 dances 1977 - 64 dances
1948 - 23 dances 1958 - 20 dances 1968 - 23 dances 1978 - 85 dances
1949 - 10 dances 1959 - 25 dances 1969 - 49 dances 1979 - 73 dances
       
Total 1940's:   74 Total 1950's:    140 Total 1960's:   189 Total 1970's:   502
 
1980 - 88 dances 1990 - 178 dances 2000 - 161 dances 2010 - 319 dances
1981 - 59 dances 1991 - 159 dances 2001 - 210 dances 2011 - 310 dances
1982 - 58 dances 1992 - 307 dances 2002 - 233 dances 2012 - 313 dances
1983 - 87 dances 1993 - 150 dances 2003 - 229 dances 2013 - 258 dances
1984 - 93 dances 1994 - 173 dances 2004 - 199 dances 2014 - 255 dances
1985 - 114 dances 1995 - 156 dances 2005 - 256 dances 2015 - 264 dances
1986 - 119 dances 1996 - 195 dances 2006 - 203 dances  
1987 - 137 dances 1997 - 182 dances 2007 - 203 dances  
1988 - 142 dances 1998 - 232 dances 2008 - 290 dances  
1989 - 136 dances 1999 - 159 dances 2009 - 274 dances  
       
Total 1980's:    1041 Total 1990's:     1940

Total 2000's:     2262 Total 2010's:     1730
       

According to lore, the first Israeli dance created in the modern era was Hora Agadati in 1924.
 
1948, the year of Israel's independence, saw 23 new dances created.
In the 1950's there were less than 25 dances created every year.
Note the increase of dances created every year below!
 
TOTALS  
          416 dances before 1970
          760 dances before 1978
          918 dances before 1980
        1875 dances before 1990 – more created in the 1980’s than in all years before 1953
        1832 dances in 1990-1999 – almost as many created in the 1990’s as in all years before 1981
        2258 dances in 2000-2009
 
So much for the stats.
But now comes the enjoyable part, for you to browse through our list of Nostalgia dances and see which ones you may know, or have heard of. And, in some of them, read any comments or tidbits about the dance or the songs they derive from.
     
Note:

Sometimes the numbers in different years may fluctuate, as a result of new research that arises, or as new dances are found or corrected. Please write to us at any time with corrections or comments.
In addition, these lists include a small number of international dances that are frequently done in Israeli dance sessions both in Israel and around the world and are considered part of the repertoire.
       
Nostalgia Dances is a joint project of Aura Levin Lipski and Gary Fox.
This page concept and creation by Aura Levin Lipski.

Date summaries and graphs on this page by Gary Fox.
Most of the comments in the Nostalgia Masterlist researched were written or collated by Gary Fox.

This would not be possible without the groundbreaking work of Jack Steel of the Israeli Dances.com Database.
 
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