Israeli Folk Dancing is choreographed circle dancing to a wide range of music. Unlike most other forms of dancing which are referred to as "folk dances," Isreali folk dancing is only about 70 years old. It was "invented" after the creation of the State of Israel in order to make a unifying culture for Israelis who had come from all over the world after the Diaspora. In reflection of the wide range of cultures found in the new state, Israeli Folk Dance is incredibly varied, incorporating Hebrew, biblical, Yemenite, Romanian, Latin, and many other influences into the music, the content, and the style of the dances. The choice to dance in a circle is a strong statement of equality between different cultures.
Now you can find Israeli Folk Dance sessions all across the world. It is an evolving art form, with new dances being choreographed every day from Israel, America, Brazil, England, and anywhere else where people dance. It has grown to include some line dances and many couples dances in circles, and to incorporate new musical influences including Turkish, Moroccan, Hip Hop, Jazz, and a host of other genres. But everywhere you dance, everyone does the same steps to the same music.
In this class you will learn the basics of Israeli Dance, some staples of the standard world-wide repertoire, and some newer dances which are popular in the bay area. You will also begin to learn how to follow dances which you've never seen before! (There are so many dances now, you cannot learn all of them!) This year, we will additionally focus on the origins of different styles of music and dance, learning a little about each culture that has contributed its music and dance to this art form.
|Beginners||Rebecca Herman||30||Hillel Auditorium (2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley)||[M] 4:00PM-5:30PM||01/30/2017||
|Advanced||Rebecca Herman||30||Hillel Auditorium (2736 Bancroft Way, Berkeley)||[M] 5:30PM-7:00PM||01/30/2017||