Al Gemali

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.

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