The Joy of Jewish Dance


With Bruce Bierman

Through times of great celebration and even our most challenging trials, Jewish dance has been connecting community and invigorating our joyful zest for life since the prophetess Miriam first broke out with timbrels and dance. Join Jewish dance specialist, Bruce Bierman, and discover the beauty, force and rejuvenating medicine of this ancient dance form. 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 deeper healing messages of the Hebrew letters. No dance experience necessary. All ages and backgrounds welcome. Please wear comfortable shoes and attire. Special guest musician and composer–the extraordinary Lior Tsarfaty– will accompany with live music during our Hebrew Letter Poses!

Session One:    Yemenite dance
Session Two:    Hasidic dance
Session Three:  Klezmer dance
Session Four:   Classic Israeli

Mondays February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Chochmat Halev

CHL Members $85, General Public $100

Register here.

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.

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