Posts Categorized: Israeli Dance

No dancing in May

Israeli Folk Dancing, approximately two Wednesdays a month at 6:30 pm, none in May, next dances will be June 3 and 17. When we went to San Francisco’s Cafe Shalom this month, Alan, a teacher dancing there, suggested we try HaLev by Gadi Bitton. I like the dance, and the music is catchy enough to displace… Read more »

Teaching new and beginning dances- a discussion

Let’s have a discussion about what dances you’d like to learn. I keep talking about having a formal beginners’ section of the class, probably 7 to 7: 30, with a half hour of warm up dances before and mixed harder and easier dances afterwards. Since our group is drop in, I never know if enough… Read more »

Dancing Resumes January 7

Don’t forget to come back to dancing after the winter break. We revived a lot of dances in the process of remembering the dances that Lee taught, and we’ll add a new one as well. Here’s a photo from Lee’s memorial dance, which turned into a lovely reunion, including Ruth Browns Gundelfinger, the lady who… Read more »

Remembering Lee Newland

Lee Newland passed away November 5, in Florida, at her daughter’s home. She taught our Israeli dance group (and me) for many years, keeping us all going after Ruth Gundelfinger retired. The word that comes up most often in talking about her is “spirit.” She had a beautiful spirit, and danced with grace and spirit as well,… Read more »

It’s a Small World

I just taught at a new folk dancers’ festival in Petaluma, put on by the Folk Dance Federation. It was an international folk dance event, not Jewish or Israeli. I decided to teach a real classic, “Kuma Echa” choreographed by Rivka Shturman in 1945 on Kibbutz Ein Harod. After i finished, one of the Balkan… Read more »

Santa Rosans in the big city.

I’m happy to say that when members from our Santa Rosa dance group go to the monthly dance in San Francisco, we make a very respectable showing. I’ve been trying to go over dances that are popular there, and our dancers get out on the dance floor and really contribute to the energy of the event. We… Read more »