I have to tell you, I am exhausted! It was an incredibly happy making dance camp. This is my second visit for Kochavim- last year being my very first Israeli Folk Dancing camp ever. We had a great time last year, meeting new friends and learning dances, but this year- Oh this year I really enjoyed. I brought my SIL from California- who introduced me to IFD 7 years ago in David Dassa's group. I immediately came back to Austin and searched for IFD in Austin and found Mona Goldstein (Ohevet Ozevet :) ) teaching here. Then she graduated and moved away so we miss you Mona!
Back to Kochavim- Roberto was unable to attend due to the volcanic ash (like that is an excuse hahaha) But we had Mitch, Alana, Ken, and David Dassa to help us get over our disappointment. The teaching list was about evenly mixed between couples and circle dances-
holech uva (moshe eskayo)
sheya'ale ha'or (gadi biton)
erev kachol amok (eyel levy) cpl
pa'amone hamizrach (shlomo maman)
ra'iti bachalom (dani dassa)
shimri li al hamangina (shlomo maman) cpl
darbuka (shmulik gov-ari)
tfila laderech (nona malki)
ata af pa'am (david dassa) cpl
no'adnu (gadi biton) cpl
shimu achai (shmulik gov-ari)
me'ohav ad hashamayim (dudu barzilai)
rachamim (yankele levi) cpl
neve midbar (shlomo maman)
mehashamayim (avi levy)
zohar badeshe (avner naim) cpl
tsomet hadrachim (itzik se'ada) cpl
kama chaser (yaron ben simchon) cpl
This year, I really felt like I took more away from the camp than last year. It wasn't necessarily that I was overwhelmed but that I wasn't used to learning dances so quickly and so much at a time. My favorite of the whole camp was Me'ohav ad hashamayim but really I loved all of the circle dances. I don't dance couples as there isn't interest in them here.
Thank You Dee, Jennifer, Shira, Ron, Mitch, Ken, David, and Alana for the wonderful experience and organization! And thank you Bar for the use of Camp Young Judea which was absolutely beautiful, and I look forward to sending my children there in a couple of years.
It is barely over and I am already ready for next year. See you soon!