Why am I sooooo excited about teaching in California in February? Because winter is HERE, I am FREEZING, and I get to teach in California in February!!
Hooray: I will be teaching Israeli dances at the Laguna Folk Dance Festival, which runs from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, features dance workshops with, in addition to me, Sonia Dion and Cristian Florescu, dance parties with both live and recorded music, performances, and lots of great food!
February 20-22, 2015 in Laguna Woods ! Register here.
There will also be music workshops and jam sessions with the exceptional Miamon Miller and singing workshops with Tanya Varimezova… and there is one more amazing added bonus to this weekend that should tip you over into registering immediately if you aren’t already convinced:
FEBRUARY 21 IS MY BIRTHDAY!!! So come dance and celebrate with me (while I try to absorb as much California sun as I possibly can in three days before returning to the frigid Northeast).
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 2014 when she returned to the East Coast for grad school. A grateful Wexner Fellow, Erica earned her MBA from the Heller School and her MA in the Hornstein Program for Jewish Professional Leadership at Brandeis University, and now is Director of Program and Operations at JPRO Network. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Hi Erica, So glad you are teaching at Laguna Festival in Feb. 2015. I love an old dance called Meohav. But it is not being done any more. When I request it at David Dassa’s, he never plays it. When I request it elsewhere, they don’t know it. Can you please teach it at the Laguna Festival so we can bring it back? Thanks.
That’s a lovely idea! I’ll see if I can include it. Thanks!