February Celebrations!

So much celebrating in February!!

See you tomorrow at a great night of dancing with a few special guests from out of town, and then next week, 2/24, come to our big FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY PARTY!! My birthday is on Friday the 21st and so many of our dancers also have birthdays this month, so let’s celebrate all together.

Bring chocolate this week (Valentine’s??!) and fruit next week…or fruit this week and chocolate next week! Or just bring yourself and your dancing shoes and we’ll be happy to see you 🙂

Last week we learned Gadi’s “Afrita”, taught by Yaron Carmel at Winter Rikud, and the week before we did Yaron Ben-Simchon’s “Tamid Elayich” – here’s the video for that one. Enjoy!

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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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