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Israeli Folk Dance Workshop
August 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am$20
Literally translated as “dances of the people,” Israeli folk dance / Rikudei Am / םריקודי ע was conceived of by secular Zionist European Jews who moved to Palestine at the beginning of the 20th century to build a socialist Jewish society. In the effort to create a utopian culture, they choreographed dances that were designed to unite the Jewish people, bring them joy, and inspire a sense of historically grounded belonging. Much like Jewish culture itself, Israeli folk dancing is a collage of steps and gestures taken from European, Middle Eastern, North African, and Palestinian sources.
In this workshop, we will learn both traditional and contemporary Israeli folk dances, explore our relationship to this embodied language, and create an Israeli folk dance of our own. If you would like to teach an Israeli dance that you know and love, please bring the song and be prepared to demonstrate the steps. This workshop is open to all levels, no prior dance experience of any kind is necessary, and children are welcome to attend if they are able to participate.