Good morning friends,

Are you taking care of a wedding reception that will include a hora dance? It requires a little more than you may think, so I have listed below five key things to know when planning a hora dance.

1. Make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding the music.  There are many (many) versions of the same song, so I strongly encourage you to determine the song choice in advance with the couple — Then, make sure that the deejay or bandleader has the correct song.

Groom and Rabbi at Hora Dance. Howerton+Wooten Events.

2. Set aside 15-20 minutes for the hora dance. This is a high energy, celebratory dance that involves the couple, their parents and quite possibly other wedding guests, so the dance can go on for 15 to 20 minutes.

Bride and Groom during a Hora Dance at the Fairmont. Howerton+Wooten Events.

3. Make sure your chairs for the Hora Dance has arms.  Being lifted above everyone’s head can be both exhilarating and frightening.  If you place the couple in chairs with arms, they will spend less time thinking of falling over.  Side Note: If the venue doesn’t have chairs on-site, include two (2) armchairs in your designer or caterer’s equipment rental.

Mother of the Groom in Red. Hora Dance. Howerton+Wooten Events.

4. Look up before the dance takes place.  Determine where the dance takes place and take a look up.  Is there a low hanging light fixture?  If so, consider holding the dance in a different location.

5. Have a “no-lint” towel or some blotting tissues on hand for the couple.  There will more than likely be some perspiration after the dance concludes, so the couple (especially the bride) will be very grateful to you for a towel or tissues to help them reduce the “shine.”

Enjoy!

Love & Soul Always, Kay

Photo #1 and Featured Photo by James Ton Photography

Photo #2 and Photo #3 by Stephen Bobb Photography