Al Gemali (On My Camel) Dance: Moshe Eskayo, 1971 Music: N. Sharabi Notes by Phillip M. Feldman 5/12/1986 Rev. 10/3/1986 Al Gemali is an easy three-part circle dance. Hands are joined loosely at waist level (except when turning). The music has a 16-count introduction. Part 1: Facing center. 1-2: Step to the right with R. 3-4: Cross L in front of R. 5-6: Step forward on R, bending the right knee slightly, and rock back on L. 7-8: Close R to L and touch L in place (weight remains on R). 9-16: Mirror image of 1-8, i.e. on 9, step to the left with L... Part 2: Begin by swiveling 90 degrees to the left to face reverse LOD (CW around circle). 1-4: Take four steps back with R-L-R-L. 5-6: Touch twice with R. 7: Step on R, taking a very small step to the right (into circle) and turning R foot partially towards center (as though R foot is coyly avoiding L). 8: Touch L toe, placing L foot beside R and bending L knee so that it touches R knee and points towards center of circle. 9-11: Three-step turn to left (CCW) with L-R-L to end facing reverse LOD (this is slightly more than a full-circle turn). 12: Brush R forward. 13-15: Three steps forward with R-L-R. 16: Hold (pause). During the 1/4 count before 17, swivel 180 degrees to right (CW) to face LOD (CCW around circle). 17-32: Mirror image of 1-16. Part 3: Begin facing center. 1-4: Two slow steps forward with R on 1 and L on 3. 5-6: Step forward on R and rock back on L (camel step). 7-8: Step forward on R, placing it so that it points to the right, pivot 180 degrees to right (CW), and touch L toe beside R. You should now be facing out of the circle. 9-12: Circassia-right: On 9, step on L in place. On 10, cross R in front of L. On 11, step back on L. On 12, step to right with R. 13-14: Two-step full-turn to right (CW) with L-R. 15-16: Cross L in front of and to the right of R and hold. 17-32: Repeat 1-16. This is not a mirror image-- the only difference from 1-16 is that you begin facing out instead of facing in. 33-40: Repeat 1-8 of second part with one difference. Instead of doing a touch with the L on 8, put weight on L (so that R will be ready to begin the first part of the dance again). Even though you are not doing a touch on 8, it should look as much like a touch as possible, i.e. keep the left knee bent and the heel elevated.