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The Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Here's our latest community video project, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Celebrate? Yes! Sundance Saloon may be closed, but we're still here, and we'd rather make a joyous dance video than regret what we cannot yet have.

South Africa's #JerusalemaDanceChallenge has gone viral, with groups world-wide posting videos of themselves doing some variation of the new line dance Jerusalema, from healthcare workers to nuns and priests, to lift our collective spirits during Covid.

With your help, Sundance is going to create our own video submission for the Jerusalema Dance Challenge! All you need to do is:

  • Learn this easy line dance, then
  • Submit a video of yourself doing the dance, and/or
  • Participate in our live performance at Stern Grove or Pier 27

See below for more details.

Here are some hints for the insecure, or if you are not usually a line dancer:

  • Watch our 25-minute archived lesson
  • Do the best you can with your video. It doesn't have to be perfect. This is about a community coming together, not about how well we can all dance.
  • You can record yourself from the waist or knees up.
  • You can ask us to use a section with you facing away from the camera, or any specific section you like.
  • You can ignore the steps and just bounce up and down or dance any way you like, as long as it's happy.

Note that there are many versions of this dance out there, so you'll want to be sure that you learn our version! If you'd like to see what other folks have done around the world, here are some popular examples: original (Angola), dance studio (Italy), Redemptorist nuns (Ireland), police (Switzerland).

Learn Jerusalema

There are several ways to learn Jerusalema:

And remember that there are countless versions of this dance floating around, so make sure you learn the version we're teaching!

Send Us Your Video
Deadline extended to March 25

There are some different ways you can participate. And you can do all of these, if you like!

Here's the music for practice and for your video:
Jerusalema - Master KG (feat. Nomcebo Zikode)

  • Send us a video of yourself doing at least 4 walls of Jerusalema.
    • Please use a landscape (horizontal) orientation.
    • Record in HD resolution if you can, e.g. 1080p (1920x1080) or 720p (1280x720)
    • Start facing the camera.
    • You can do this at home, or find a meaningful outdoor location.
    • Wear something gay and festive! (And please wear a mask if there are others around.)
    • Give us a smile and a wave. Keep smiling throughout the dance!
    • Feel free to include a segment of joyful free-style dancing, or anything creative you'd like to insert.
    • Send your video no later than March 20 to: If it's a large file, you may be better served by a free file transfer service such as WeTransfer.
  • At our outdoor events: We'll also record ourselves dancing at Stern Grove on Saturday, March 13 and at the Cruise Terminal Plaza (Pier 27) on Thursday, March 25, during our regular weekly outdoor small-group line dancing. Advance registration required. More info.
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