Italians pass out over Jerusalem navy dance

Italians pass out over Jerusalem navy dance


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2020

An Italian naval officer is under official investigation after substituting the Jerusalema dance hit for the national anthem at a passing out parade.

The unnamed officer maintained her dance, in sash and sword, enhanced the navy’s image. Judging by the cadets’ ragged response, the dance was unrehearsed.

This video has gone viral down the leg-shaped country.

This is the original.


  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Great fun good to see them not being Po (sorry) faced.

  • Derek says:

    Worse things happen at sea!

  • José Bergher says:

    After three rehearsals they could present an impecable, polished performance. And without masks, please. Un ballo senza maschere.

  • Why everyone loves Italy and the Italians.

  • E says:

    If this is without a rehearsal, it’s not bad at all!
    There’s a similarity to some Balkan folk dancing, and perhaps Scottish reels…
    World dance, in other words.
    This was an absolute delight.

  • Henry williams says:

    Very nice. Cheers me up.

  • Alexander Tarak says:

    That would strike fear into any enemy army.

  • Sharon says:

    Do you have a translation of the lyrics?

    Does this song have a religion theme?

    I have noticed that dance, performed as part of the religious service, has become increasingly important in certain evangelical Christian churches, based on psalms that state that dance is a way to praise G*d.

    There was a popular line dance some years ago done to an English translation of “By the waters of Babylon” but somehow, for me, that psalm does not inspire dancing.

    Nevertheless, it’s nice to see military personnel, especially men, dancing.

    I remember seeing a You Tube video of soldiers doing an Israeli Folk Dance on the street of a West Bank town. I am sure that this was done not to celebrate their being there or to try to show that Israel controls the area, but instead to have some fun in a stressful situation

    How human to try to find joy in difficult situations, which seems like the purpose of the African Jerusalema video.

    We need as much of this as possible during Covid

    • jansumi says:

      … [Chorus – S African: Nomcebo]
      Jerusalem is my home
      Guide me
      Take me with You
      Do not leave me here
      Jerusalem is my home
      Guide me
      Take me with you
      Do not leave me here

      My place is not here
      My kingdom is not here
      Guide me
      Take me with You
      My place is not here
      My kingdom is not here
      Guide me
      Take me with You

      Guide me
      Guide me
      Guide me
      Do not leave me here

  • Dave T says:

    OK, they can stay in NATO.

  • Nick says:

    Only in Italy!!! She is cool!

  • Derrick samson sped says:

    It’s quite amazing

  • Madeleine Richardson says:

    I love the Italians. If you didn’t have them you’d have to invent them.