Submitted by AaronAlpert on 12 August 2012 - 10:31pm
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A Few Dance Sessions on the West Coast
- Loui Tucker — Loui has been leading a fantastically fun Monday night session in Sunnyvale for 3 decades! She also does a couples-only repertoire class in Los Altos on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month.
- Karina Niederman — Karina brings her boundless enthusiasm to her Thursday night session in Palo Alto. She also has a beginners session on Mondays at the Los Gatos JCC.
- Cafe Simcha — This is a smaller Wednesday night in Kensington (near Berkeley), with an incredibly friendly, community feel.
- Udy Gold — Udy has moved his SF beginners class, which is held every Tuesday at 8-9:30pm, with open dancing 9:30-11. The new location is St. Francis Episcopal Church.
- The Israeli Dance DeCal at UC Berkeley — This Israeli Dance class is taught by UC Berkeley students, at which other students can earn university credit. Pretty cool. They are currently on hiatus, but hope to reopen soon.
- Orly Setareh — Orly has a Wednesday session in Los Angeles, to which she brings her boundless energy. She is also part of the staff for Camp Rikud.
- David Dassa — David directs Camp Rikud (celebrating its 37th year in 2016), held at the beautiful Hess Kramer, right on the beach in Malibu.
- Harel Asaraf — Harel's Monday harkada in Los Angeles has a unique format— it's mostly couple dances.
- Sagi Azran and Lior Haykeen — Two fantastic sessions on Monday and Thursday in the San Fernando Valley, just north of L.A. Sagi directs Camp MachoLA.
- Yoni Carr — Yoni runs a San Diego session on Mondays. She also has a Labor Day Mini-Camp and Camp Yona on Presidents' Weekend. These weekends are very popular with our Bay Area crowd.
- Iris Carmi — Iris runs a great Sunday session at the Avant Garde Ballroom, recently moved to Santa Ana.
- Tuesday nights, 7-9:30pm, at Congregation B'Nai Israel, located at 3600 Riverside Blvd., Sacramento, CA. The night is led by Louis Sigmond, Jim Lawson, and Susana Mullen. It's a small and friendly group.
- Portland Israeli Folk Dance — If you're in Oregon, make sure to visit one of the Sunday, Tuesday, or Wednesday sessions. Check out their Facebook page as well!
- Nona Malki in Vancouver, Can., has a list of recent dance with videos.
Arranged chronologically from January to December.
- Camp MachoLA grew from 200 people in the first year (2015) to over 300 people the next year—a tribute to a great camp! Stop by San Diego in January for MachoLA.
- Be'ketzev Acher in the Chicago area features an all-star team of choreographers like Gadi, Dudu, Ofer A., and Shmulik.
- Kochavim is the "biggest little dance camp in Texas." Some of the friendliest dancers and staff out there. Takes place in March or April in Wimberley, TX.
- Yad Be'Yad is a smaller weekend in Boston, typically featuring young, up-and-coming choreographers.
- Rikud may be the longest running camp in the U.S., since 1979. Founded by the legendary Dani Dassa, Rikud offers prime dancing on the beach in Malibu on Memorial Day Weekend.
- Gvanim is a high energy camp in August that keeps you moving every minute of the day. It's in rural Pennsylvania, 3 hours west of the Big Apple.
- Yoni Carr's Mini Camp over Labor Day in Newport Beach, CA, takes place at a great dance studio and feaures (in 2016) Yaron Malichi and Eyal Ozeri.
- Shorashim has a rather different format; it focuses on classic dances of the 70s and 80s. Labor Day, in Manhattan's Upper West Side.
- Machol Merkaz will debut in 2016 in Rockford, IL, but don't let the novelty fool you. Director Phil Moss ran the highly successful Chagigah for many years, and this is sure to be a great camp.
- Hilulim is a long-standing camp close to New York, with dates in November. The camp features the peerless Gadi Bitton and host of great teachers.
- Machol Miami is a great way to shake off the winter cold with some rockin' dancing at a four-star hotel.
Dances: Info, Music, Videos
- The Aussie Database lists just about every dance ever created and the associated biographical data. An incredibly helpful resource.
- Rikudim.net is very good about organizing videos from all over the internet.
- Nissim Ben Ami is an Israeli Dance teacher from Florida. He has posted hundreds of YouTube videos of himself teaching some of the most popular Israeli Dances.
- Gadi Bitton has posted videos of himself teaching many of his own dances online. Other teachers have done similar, so search away!
- Rokdim — This is the official location to purchase Israeli Dance videos, demonstrated by the choreographer or by top notch teachers.
- Strictly Israeli Dancing in London, UK, has a list of recent dances with videos.