Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dancing at the J, Tuesday, 12/29- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

Despite terribly cold wet weather, we had a great time last night. We danced all the way up to 10:00- plus managed to squeeze in Adama VeShamayim before they got cranky at us. If we could just get them to dance with us- maybe they wouldn't be in such a hurry to kick us out, lol.
We started off the evening with El Elohei Shamayim and reviewed El Hamaim. We reviewed again Ahavat Tenatseach.
Next week I think Melinda is going to teach/review Amarine for us and I am going to attempt Liya- what a fun dance- here is a video of Dudu Barzilay dancing it in Berlin 2007.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dancing at the J, Tuesday, 12/22- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

What a "crowd" we had last night! Thank you for visiting Carla! Have a safe trip home to California. We got to see Rachel last night as well. We taught El Ha Maim again (thank you again to Melinda and Gayle) and then we taught Ahava Tentatseach again- but I hadn't reviewed so I am afraid my teaching was rather choppy and fast- but we got it and danced it through twice. I am sure we will review it several times before Kochavim again. Speaking of which- that is coming up in April- mark your calendars. You can find more information at
Other things of interest- we danced Lechu Neranana, Mizmor Shir, Rokdim Yachafim, Adama VeShamayim, Hayde, Hazmana Lemechol, and Dror Yikra (classic version). We got quite the work out.
I lent my dance shoes to Carla because she left hers at home and let me tell you, I can tell the difference in my knees today. But I was glad to be a good hostess :)
Everybody stay safe and see you next week! I was debating about teaching dam dam but I am not sure if I can learn it well enough by then. Meanwhile- here is a link to it:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Dancing at the J, Tuesday, 12/15- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

Well, it was a very small group tonight- we started out with just 3 of us and Gayle came later. The weather outside was very cold- ok, that really means that the wind was cutting and it was chilly- but really this is Texas people. At least we didn't have 4 feet of snow like up north. We missed Judy, Karen, and Gloria.
We started out with El Hamaim (thank you Melinda) and then I taught Ahava Tenatseach. It was my first time teaching, but we muddled through it somehow :). Then we reviewed Hayde, Tzel Etz Tamar, and Debka Alon. I adore Hayde and Ahava Tenatseach. Like big puffy heart them.
As far as I know we will still be dancing next week- I will teach Ahava Tenatseach to the ones who were unable to come this week. And we will review El Hamaim. Anybody have a dance they would like to learn?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dancing at the J- Tuesday 12/8- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

Last night was a blast! We had two friends join us that we hadn't seen in a few months. We reviewed Heide- and since I wasn't as sick this week, I actually managed to do an okay job of remembering it. We also reviewed Tzel Etz Tamar and Debka Alon.
Coming up next week (hopefully): I will be learning and teaching Ahavat Tenatseach- a dance taught by David Dassa at Kochavim 2009.
I really wanted to post a video of it for you, but I can't find one online- the only one I have is the one from Kochavim.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tirkedu 2010- Houston Dance Workshop- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

How excited am I? Tirkedu 2010 is scheduled for January 15-17th, 2010. This years instructor is Ofer Alfasi- yes, the same Ofer Alfasi demonstrating Heide in the video in the post before this one!
You can find more information on Tirkedu at the JCCHouston Website

Full Weekend Package (Sessions 1, 2, Party, & Review)
$70 JCC Member :

$100 Public :

$50 Student (with valid I.D.) :

Session 1 (Sat., 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. & Review)
$30 JCC Member :

$42 Public :

$20 Student (with valid I.D.) :

Session 2 (Sat., 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. & Review)
$25 JCC Member :

$35 Public :

$15 Student (with valid I.D.) :

Party (Sat., 8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. & Review)
$25 JCC Member :

$35 Public :

$15 Student (with valid I.D.) :

Partner Session (optional) (Sun., 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
$9 JCC Member :

$13 Public :

$7 Student (with valid I.D.) :

Review (Sun. 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.) No charge if you attended any other part of the weekend

You can register by clicking here
What fun!!!!!

Dancing at the J- Tuesday 12/1- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

What fun last night- despite me having a cold, I braved my way out in the drizzle and cold to go to dancing. I am glad I did! We had a guest teacher, Joan, from California. She recently moved there from Boston, and came to visit Austin. She taught us a new dance by Gadi Bitton- Heide is the transliteration although not sure what it means. It has lots of Gadi arms and claps. Here is a video of it being performed in France by Ofer Alfasi:

You can also view Gadi and friends dancing in Toronto at this link:
Had a good time even if I had to leave early.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sapri Li Ahuva- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

As a teaser for next week, here is a link to a video of Sapri Li Ahuva. Those who dance with us should recognize, Orli, Edo, and Dee Jacobson.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dancing at the J- Tuesday 11/17- Austin Israeli Folk Dancing

Class was great last night- we reviewed Al Sadenu and Hora Zion and learned Debka Alon. Thanks Gayle for helping us out! At the end of class we danced Sapri Li Ahuva. Haskell (or Melinda) will be teaching it next week so if you don't know it- you won't want to miss out! This is a very pretty, slower song.
See you next week!

Welcome to the new Austin Israeli Folk Dancing Blog

We dance every Tuesday, 7:45pm-10:00pm at the JCAA.

Time Table: 7:45-8:30 Warm Up/Beginners
8:30-9:15 Intermediate-advanced teaching.
9:15-10:00 Requests all levels.

We are led by Haskell Rosenthal but you are welcome to give suggestions and request dances.

If you have never been to an Israeli Folk Dancing class- warning! It is highly addictive! Each song has a different dance. The official definition from wikipedia: Israeli folk dancing is a form of dance usually performed to music from Israel, with specific dances choreographed to specific songs.

IFD (Israeli Folk Dancing) is not just for Israeli's or for Jews. It is fun for everyone. From the slow and sedate dances- to the fast and raucous, it has something for everyone, and all fitness levels.
There are three types of dances - Lines, Circles, and Couples. The most popular type- and the main one we do- is Circles. We do a few Line dances but as of yet our class has not done couples as we are very small. Come help us grow so we can start on those too!