The name grapevine is taken from Israeli dancing. The grapevine step is typically in 4/4. It is a sideways movement, which means the chest is facing forwards – in a line – or to the centre in a circle. It is a very common step particularly in Eastern and Southern Europe, from where it was collected by dancers in Jewish communities and so entered the Israeli stream.
It is comprised of 4 steps.
There are 8 variations to the step depending where the movement begins in the cycle and in which direction it goes, clockwise, in the daily rhythm, or anti-clockwise, in the monthly and annual rhythm. These two directions are the Same and the Different mentioned by Plato.
The step can start to the right or the left with a side step followed by a cross in front or behind with the other foot, side again and cross in the other direction with the trailing foot.
This delivers 4 options for the step. Two left and two right.
The other four variations comprise those which start with a crossing step to the front or back with the right or left foot.
It is often done fast and when performed at speed opens and closes the root chakra stimulating a rise in the kundalini. Performed slowly the effect is lessened and capable of great dignity, as is found in some Rumanian dances, for example.