More Joy of Jewish Dance

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A joy opening practice with Bruce Bierman

Ever since the prophetess Miriam broke out with timbrels and dance to celebrate crossing the Red Sea, Jewish dance has been a vehicle of great joy and vital connection to community.  Join Jewish dance maven, Bruce Bierman, inside a supportive circle and discover the beauty, force and rejuvenating medicine of this ancient and contemporary art form.  Some of the genres that will be explored are Yemenite, Hasidic, klezmer and classic Israeli folk dance.  Styling, gestures and footwork will be articulated with great care with an eye on the deeper meanings behind each expression.  Participants will also experience meditative warm-up stretches based on the shapes and healing messages of the Hebrew letters.  All ages and backgrounds welcome.  No dance experience necessary.

Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 22, 29 (no class April 15)
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Chochmat Halev

Class series: CHL Members $75, General Public: $90
Drop-In Per Class: CHL Members $25, General Public $30

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Bruce Bierman  is a versatile theater artist and arts educator with a passion for world culture, music and dance.  Bruce returned to his own roots a decade ago to study Jewish ritual performance with an emphasis on Jewish dance and it’s original ecstatic sources.  Bruce studied with some of the great Jewish dance masters including:  Felix Fibich , Margalit Ovid, Steve Weintraub, Deborah Strauss and Dani Dassa.  After graduating from U.C. Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Theater Arts, he performed and taught with the acclaimed Aman Folk Ensemble and is now one of the leading Yiddish dance masters on the West Coast.  Bruce has served as artist- in- residence at Congregation Sherith Israel’s religious school since 2006 and is a member of the teaching faculty at the Stagebridge Theater Company in Oakland.