Author Archives: Erica

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 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.

Status Meohav – סטטוס מאוהב

I missed you these last two weeks! Thanks to Harel for keeping things dancing in my absence. He taught Jealousy and Status Me’ohav – here’s the video of that one by Dudu Barzilay. Enjoy!

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Kshe’at Rokedet – כשאת רוקדת

Happy Valentine’s Day! Tonight was wonderful! We learned Yaron Malichi’s fantastic 2002 dance “Kshe’at Rokedet” (“When you dance”). See you next week for BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS!!!

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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 … Continue reading

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Review Night!

Thanks for a great night of dancing! I’ll let you know the results of our “voting” when I get a chance to collate your responses. Tonight we reviewed Tirtzi Bi by Ohad Atia and Levi Bar-Gil, and we did walk-throughs … Continue reading

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Happy 2014!

My dancing friends, we’ve had such a beautiful start to the year! It was AMAZING having Avi Levy with us two weeks ago, and it was an honor and a pleasure to teach Cholat Ahava with him. Thank you so … Continue reading

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The future of Israeli dance!… a humble plea :)

Hello my dancing friends, Many of you know about the work I do all year to engage children and young adults in Israeli dancing and to inspire in them a love of Israeli dance that will remain strong throughout their … Continue reading

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Az Tirkedi – video!

We learned this one awhile ago (thanks, Harel!) but here’s a video from last month’s Hilulim of Gadi dancing it with Fiana! Enjoy 🙂

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What a great night!

My dear dancers, this week was terrific! Thanks for braving the “cold” (hee hee) and coming to warm up on the dance floor. We reviewed Bocher Mechadash – here’s the post with video from the first time we learned it. … Continue reading

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Chappy Chanukah! (and Yafa Kelevana)

LET’S HAVE A PARTY, WE’LL ALL DANCE THE HORA!! I know you’ve been eating all kinds of fried foods – come dance it all off at Mostly Couples! We’ll have a Chanukah party – I’ll bring treats, you bring your … Continue reading

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This Friday night in Pasadena…

Hi all, As you know, I frequently teach Israeli dances in the International Folkdance community, meaning places where the dances of many many different countries are danced and the repertoire is widely diverse and very interesting. Usually these are events … Continue reading


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