Hopkele Productions  










Hopkele Klezmer Keilidhs

Hopkele is the familiar ceilidh/barn dance format (live music, dance leader, fun) with one essential difference the music and steps are old-style Jewish, rather than Celtic!

Hopkele Productions provide expert Eastern European Jewish dance leading and fantastic live klezmer music from the most in-demand performers on the UK scene.

Ilana Cravitz and Guy Schalom put a 21st-century spin on traditional Eastern European Yiddish dances, including lively freylekhs, sinuous horas and upbeat bulgars. Also available for private events, this is barndancing Jewish-style, creating memorable occasions for all ages and abilities.

Live klezmer (celebratory and soulful traditional Eastern European Jewish music) puts a spring into your step for a hopping selection of Jewish and cosmopolitan community and couple dances. Whether you want music and dance for a public occasion or a private celebration, Hopkele Productions will put together an outstanding event for you.

We specialise in passing on traditional ways of dancing and playing, and workshops are a regular part of our output.

Video clips of Hopkele in action

London's Trafalgar Square 2008

Patsh tants @ Cecil Sharp House

Sher @ Cecil Sharp House

Stepping out @ Cecil Sharp House


Photo: Ilana (in the green stripes) leads dancing, with the London Klezmer Quartet