The Joy of Jewish Dance
With Bruce Bierman
Thursday, July 9, 10 – 11:00am
The Joy of Jewish Dance is a weekly musical movement practice that begins by exploring the deeper healing meanings behind the Hebrew letters with creative movement midrash (improvisation). Then we take our time to learn the ancient gestures and moves from traditional women’s and men’s Yemenite dance, the soulful ecstatic dances of the Hassidim, Klezmer, Sephardic, Mizrachi, Ethiopian and the classic beautiful gems of Israeli Folk dance. Each class is a musical journey that aims to lift the spirit, open the heart and dance in our authentic bodies to the diverse rhythms of world Jewish music.
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. For ages 12 to 112. All bodies and backgrounds 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.