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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Once In A Lifetime Experience Bringing The World Together Through Dance

Horati 2017 will be a dazzling event bringing performing groups and dance enthusiasts from Israel, North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia together to share their vision of Israel in dance and song in a glorious, exuberant four day celebration, from June 8 – 11, at Queens College, Queens, New York. The event is open to the public and will feature a broad spectrum of workshops, evening dance parties and performances.

Israeli folk dance has become truly global. Like a world’s fair, the offerings will include representations of the many cultures that Jews have embraced, adapted and brought to Israel. There are now hundreds of vibrant Israeli dance communities on every continent with the United States at the forefront. Thousands of Jews and non-Jews, Israelis and local community dancers are all dancing the same steps to the same Israeli songs and creating a worldwide family of dancers.

The best of traditional and contemporary Israeli folk dance will be presented at workshops and dance parties by celebrated choreographers and master teachers from Israel and the United States. There will be opportunities for both residential and non-residential Horati participation for all ages, interests and abilities, with special workshops for those in wheelchairs modeled after Israel's highly acclaimed programs in this field.

Horati 2017 will culminate in a Gala Performance that will feature over 100 dancers, singers and musicians in an uplifting and thrilling multimedia stage extravaganza. The Gala Performance will spotlight three outstanding Israeli folk dance companies from Israel: Lehakat Hora Hetzliya representing the community of Herzliya, Re-Vital of Israel, an impressive group of teenagers from Petach Tikva, and Galgal Ba’Ma’agal, Israel’s renowned and inspiring wheelchair group.

This spectacular multimedia pageant of dance and song is a landmark event not to be missed!

Horati 2017 will be a truly unique gathering, creating a rare opportunity for participants of all abilities from the world over to join with the local population and take part as students, teachers, performers, and spectators, enriching multicultural understanding and forging lasting bonds of friendship in the process.

The borough of Queens, the most diverse county in the United States, together with its historical connection to the World’s Fair, is the perfect location to host Horati 2017 – The World’s Fair of Israeli Folk Dance. Israeli folk dance embodies a rich diversity of ethnic influences that mirrors the multicultural tapestry of Queens.

Horati 2017 will celebrate harmony in diversity that is at the core of both Israel and the United States. For registration, tickets and information on participation in all or part of Horati 2017, please visit and/or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Horati 2017 is directed by Danny Uziel and Ruth Goodman and is presented by The Israeli Dance Institute in partnership with Jewish National Fund with the support of Bnai Zion, The New York Board of Rabbis, and The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.