Chag Sameach!

My dear dancers, there is no Monday night dancing this week because of Passover.  I want to wish you a chag sameach (a joyful holiday), and best wishes to all who celebrate the Easter season as well.  It’s a time of year to celebrate freedom! and rebirth! and fresh starts!, and take advantage of the moment to appreciate what we have.

SEE BELOW FOR NEW VIDEOS OF THE RECENT DANCES!

Also:  did you register for Yad Beyad yet?? The price goes up on Wednesday, so do it now!!  I REALLY want to see you there.

Also also:  did any of you attend Beketzev Acher in Chicago last week?  I’ve been hearing great things – I’d love to hear your opinion if you were there!  Drop me a line.

Here in Israel I’ve already danced the “once-a-year” dance “Echad” by Gadi Bitton at least three times… and Pesach hasn’t even begun yet!  Enjoy the season 🙂

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About Erica

Erica Goldman began Israeli dancing in New York as a child alongside her father, another folk dance fanatic. After many years performing with several New England area Israeli dance troupes, she branched out into other kinds of folk dance as a member of the Mandala Folkdance Ensemble and then the Collage Dance Ensemble, with whom she competed at the Golden Karagöz Folk Dance Competition in Turkey in 2003. In 2004, Erica spent the summer as the Dance Director of Camp Alonim (at the then Brandeis-Bardin Institute), a Jewish overnight camp where Israeli dancing is truly an obsession among the campers. She was hooked; after working for nearly eight years for a software company in Boston, she quit her job and moved to L.A. and has been teaching Israeli dance nearly full-time ever since, both in the US and abroad. Erica was the Israeli dance teacher at New Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles and also coordinated their Israel exchange programs with three high schools in Tel Aviv until earlier this year when she returned to the East Coast for grad school. A newly-minted Wexner Fellow, Erica is currently at work earning her MBA from the Heller School and her MA in the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University, and is currently spending her 12th summer at Camp Alonim.
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