The Joy of Jewish Dance
With Bruce Bierman
Thursday, July 2, 10 – 11:00am
Turn your morning into dance. Discover the beauty and rejuvenating force of this ancient ecstatic dance as the moves of the ancestors are tailor-fit to each individual body and unique expression. Glorious Jewish World Beat and Middle East grooves are our soundtrack as the whole body gets a gentle invigorating stretch in warm-ups based on the shapes and deeper meanings of the Hebrew letters. Special time and care are taken to articulate vocabulary and gestures from the four genres of Jewish dance: Yemenite, Hasidic, Klezmer, and Israel. But most of all, we experience how truly good it is to dance with joy. For ages 8 to 128. All backgrounds and experiences welcome!
CHL Members $9, General Public $12
Zoom link will be emailed to you 2 hours before the class, and also 10 minutes before the class.
Bruce Bierman is a celebrated Jewish dance master, teaching artist, and award-winning theater director in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. He was a leading performer and teaching artist with the acclaimed Aman Folk Dance Ensemble of Los Angeles and currently serves on the faculty of Oakland’s groundbreaking Stagebridge Performing Arts Institute, where he has been teaching theater and dance since 2008. After attending his first KlezCalifornia Yiddish Culture Festival back in 2006 and learning under the guidance of his first mentor, Steve Weintraub, Bruce went on to become a leading presenter of Yiddish dance throughout California and the Southwest. He directed and choreographed The Megileh of Itzik Manger for the Jewish Music Festival and most recently was Yiddish dance dramaturg for the Tony Award-winning play Indecent at Washington D.C.’s Arena Stage and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.