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  Our Online Shop has been updated and it's now easier than ever to buy instructional Israeli dance DVDs and CDs.

We sell the official teaching videos. Each package contains a DVD with 2 parts to each dance:
INSTRUCTION of the dance and VIEW of it being danced to the music.
It also includes a CD with the music of each dance.

We do sell CDs separately if required.

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  From our Archives
Perth Hora Shalom dancing has a new website
  We invite you to visit the NEW Perth Australia Hora Shalom website.
See what classes they offer, what dances they've taught recently and be in touch with this lovely city.
Click here
Report from Karmiel Summer Course - August 2, 2009
  Update from Lorraine & Abe Basist from Melbourne Australia, on their first experience of the Karmiel Teachers Course in Israel.
  We 've started our Teachers course & it is full on. No time for anything but dancing ,eating & maybe 2 hours sleep. It is crazy!!!

We went to a Harkada with Gadi Bitton where there were 1000 dancers [that is a small estimate probably more] It was amazing!!! Wonderful dancers & many choreographers I could not keep track of them all. It was such a buzz to dance in the middle with so many other dancers & choreographers.

This was amazing from 8pm till 6am the next day. They dance like meshugeners & we were among them!

We stayed till 2.30am & the bus took us from this venue on the long drive to Karmiel arriving at 5.30 am. We had a little sleep & then went to bed till we got up to have breakfast at midday. I still haven't recovered!

We went to another Harkada at Haifa beach last night with Oren Ashkenazi. We have another session today with drumming & choreographers. I'm tired but it really is wonderful & we are enjoying it so much we cannot express.

All of us Aussies are having a ball. We will be in a performance tomorrow that will be judged by choreographers[our own troup]. This is exciting to be part of!!!
Karmiel Summer Course Scholarship Fund
  This is an ongoing fund to be used now and in the future to support participation in the Karmiel Festival. Please consider a gift in any amount to the Amutat Festival Karmiel Summer Course Fund.
  About the fund:
Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization. 
Gifts made to Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation, Inc are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. 

Checks should be made payable to Tampa Orlando Pinellas Jewish Foundation, Inc. and mailed to: 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa, Florida 33625.  Please add a note that you are contributing to the Karmiel fund.
My name is Debbie Dorsky Meitin.
I had the privilege of attending the Summer Course for Teachers and Dancers of the Karmiel Dance Festival last Summer (2008) and will be attending again next month (July 27-August 7, 2009). 

It was an incredible experience, being part of an international mix of people who love Israel and Israeli dance.  It is a unique opportunity to learn from the choreographers and be part of the excitement of Israeli dance and culture while in Israel.

In many communities throughout the world there are teachers and dancers who have not had the opportunity to be in Israel and learn from the sources. This course provides that opportunity. 

Unfortunately, between the general world financial crisis and specific local funding issues, many people do not have the funds to come to Israel to participate in the course.

After my amazing experience last year, I decided to investigate the possibility of starting a scholarship fund to provide assistance for teachers and dancers throughout the world to come to the course. 

Through my local Jewish Federation Foundation, I have established the Amutat Festival Karmiel Summer Course Fund, which will provide partial scholarships for tuition for the Summer Course to worthy participants.  I have contributed the funds needed to begin the fund and am asking for YOUR help by making a contribution as well. 

Through the diligence of Dany Benshalom, Director of the Course, several potential recipients have been identified for this year2009.  Your contribution would enable more dancers to attend this year and into the future.

All gifts will be greatly appreciated and acknowledged.  As mentioned above, this will be an ongoing fund to be used now and in the future to support participation in the Festival.

Please forward this message to any others you feel may be interested.  Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this. All queries are treated in confidence.

Debbie Dorsky Meitin, Israeli Folk Dance Leader
Orlando, Florida, USA email:                 Phone: (USA) 1  407 - 257-9147


Sylvia Brownstein Memorial Dancership -- Applications Closed

Thank you to all of our donors and our sponsor, the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston, Inc., for making the Dancership a truly amazing reality.

Fran Amkraut and Becca Rausch
Dancership Committee Co-chairs
Celebrating Purim 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia

A message from the very creative Israeli Dances Atlanta Dancing committee
Malka, Sarah and Ady

  This year we will celebrate Purim by hailing the country of Israel as the melting pot of so many nationalities. 

The idea is to do an individual root search (use "Shorasim" for the warm up) and see who your ancestors are. 

Once you figure it out, come to the Sunday dancing session dressed in an appropriate costume.  Well, maybe not in full costume;  let's say your grandparents came originally from Iraq, you do not have to have a full costume of Sadam Hussein; a thick fake mustache will do.  :)
  To help you decide and to provide you with some inspiration, here's a famous clip of Arik Einstein and Uri Zohar (the latter in his atheist phase prior to becoming a rabbi). 

In case your Hebrew is not as strong as your dancing skills, don't worry about it, as the wording in the clip is mainly gibberish.  Just watch the waves of immigrants coming to Israel  from various countries to become one nation. 

The immigrants seem to be integrating extremely fast, as it takes about 10 seconds for the last wave coming from "Georgia" (the one in conflict with Russia, not ours, here) to become "true Israelis" and start preaching to others about their suffering and troubles encountered during the building of this great country

Pay close attention to the last segment where everybody seems to agree on the main subject, but nobody is actually listening, or noticing anybody else; Could this be happening in Israel-no way!!!!!  Here is the link:  
  It will be a fun session. We will dance to songs affiliated with many countries to celebrate our diversity.
To show our love for the country of Israel and solidarity with its citizens,  IsraeliDancesAtlanta, an extension of RikudAtlanta, danced in our session, among others, the following dances:

Artzi, Nof Yaldut, Eretz Eretz, Eretz Israel Yafa, Nagni Kineret, Bapardes, Tishmeru al Atmechem,
Machol Hashalom, Tevorchi Artzi, Be'har Hagilbo'a, and Rak Beyachad Nenatze'ach.

We followed the lyrics of Tevorchi Artzi and danced Rak Beyachad Nenatze'ach twice after we talked, as a group, about the meaning of the song. Thanks to for providing us with the English translations.

This dance session was a meaningful teaching opportunity for our younger dancers, in particular, to connect with and to support Israel duing this difficult period. We found this experience very moving and it brought us closer together as a community. We wanted to share this idea with all of you. We feel that this illustrates the power of Rikudei Am to unite us.

January 2009
This idea was generated from Israeli Dances Atlanta - an extension of RikudAtlanta
To contact the group click here

A Hebrew U. Honorary Doctorate was awarded to Ohad Naharin, one of Israel's leading choreographers and dancers and a world leader in the field of modern dance.

Naharin made his mark on the local and international cultural scene through his contemporary productions and unique body movement.

Since 1990, he has been the artistic director of the Batsheva dance company for whom he has composed over twenty works.

The French government crowned him the "Knight of the Order of the Arts", and he was twice awarded the renowned Bessie Award in New York for his outstanding achievements and innovations in dance. In 2005 he was awarded the Israel Prize.

New Guinness World Record for the largest dance by couples
Article: A Guide for Workshop Leaders: How to teach Israeli dancing in a professional manner to non-Hebrew speaking audiences.
A must-read!
Israeli dancing worldwide as broadcast on Israeli TV:
Dancers in Florida with Maor Ben Ami
Report from the United States about Chunky Move's performance of "I want to dance better at parties" in Massachussetts, USA in July 2007.

"I bought 8 tickets for this performance back in March because it mentioned Israeli Folk Dancing. Chunky Move were going to be performing at Jacob’s Pillow in a resort area in Western Massachusetts called the Berkshires.

When I looked a little further into the description of the performance I saw that it mentioned Jack Steel and “the database”.

Then I googled Jack Steel and Chunky Move and discovered that they would be performing Debka Gid by Moshe Eskayo. Moshe had actually just re-taught Debka Gid at Sababa recently!

The performance of "I want to dance better at parties" at Jacob's Pillow was simply fantastic. Creator Gideon Obarzanek is extremely creative and imaginative. We were so thrilled to see Al Salsalim and Debka Gid performed so nicely by professional dancers.

We met with Gideon after the performance and spoke for a while. It was explained to Gideon that the dance was named after Moshe Eskayo's torn Achilles tendon (=Gid) that he got while choreographing the dance."


Linda Feigenbaum
Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA

Enjoy some of the stories behind the creative process
"Creating the dance"

Dance chat
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  Read about our sister site Hebrew on the Jerusalem Post website
  Dance Your Way To A Better Body

Article from Medical News Today
Many thanks to Les Posen of the Rikud Chat list for the article
  Read about Ira Weisburd's 25-year quest for the original recording to his dance "Bo'i Malka"
  Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva dance troupe, talks about his dance philosophy to SBS radio - click to listen
  Fred Berk, Amnon Shauli, Ya'akov Dekel, Shmuel (Viki) Cohen
Go to our ARTICLES page
  Read a report from the 2006 Karmiel Festival, great details and info!
Click here
  Keep track of "Rikud Hashana"
The favourite dances are voted by a poll of the participants of the Rikud Israeli dance chat list. Rikud Hashana is compiled by Meliss Jakubovic Bachar of Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
The Essential Israeli Dance Catalogue - 10th Edition
This is the hard-copy book version of the Israeli Online Database.
Click here to view and order
  We receive many queries about Israeli dance material. Here are some FAQ's for your convenience:
  ****Please note that we sell the entire range of Israeli made DVDs and CDs, new and archival.
Learn Circle and Partner dances from the source.
We may not have every dance you require on our Shop site.
Please ask for any dance and we will source the tape for you.
Q "How do we know when the latest Israeli workshops are out? We like to see the latest dances"
A As soon as we have them - you have them! You can find everything on line on our unique © Israeli Database under Latest Updates
  As soon as they are in our Database they are in our Shop!!! Email us for an immediate response
Q "We need Israeli dance DVD's with instruction in English."
A English is included only in Beginners Circle Basic 1.
The only other DVD that is in English is number 67, but the dances are much more advanced.
Click here for a detailed explanation of what's available in Israeli dance DVD's
  Beginners Circle Basic 1 (with English)
Q "We have no knowledge of Israeli dancing steps or dances. Where do we start?"
A Beginners Circle Basic 1
  Click here for the DVD
  Click here for the Pal video
  Click here for NTSC
  Beginners Partner and Circle
  Click here for the DVD
Q We've done some very basic hebrew dance steps and want to learn some more difficult dances. What video would be a good start for us?
A VIDEOS NUMBERS  8, 9 ,11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18.
The links below will take you to the DVD's but Pal and NTSC videos are also available.
  Circle dances 008
  Circle dances 11
  Circle dances 15
  Circle dances 17
Q "We'd love to learn some line dances, more than the basic."
A Line dances 56 - DVD
  Lines 004 - DVD
Q "We'd love the get the feel and flavour of the Karmiel festival in Israel."

Karmiel festival 2005 - Set of 9 DVD's  (each CD can be purchased individually, write to us)

Q "We'd like to teach dances to kids with a wide range of ages."

Young Children's dances 006 DVD

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