Thursday, January 10, 2013

Save the Date: Israeli Dancing with Lisa Tessler!


We will be dancing with Lisa Tessler on  

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7 pm.  $5.00 admission fee.

Class is totally open to the public.  Come with friends!!

Israeli folk dances are not only popular in Israel, but also here in the U.S. and throughout the world. They express the spirit of the Jewish people, and are based on dance traditions of the Bible, the lifestyle of early settlers in Eretz Yisrael , and the inspiration of the “chalutzim” – pioneers who strove to build a new country and a new, more egalitarian society. Jews brought not only their cultural values to the land of Israel, but also songs and dances from Eastern and Central Europe and other parts of the world which profoundly influenced the folk dance movement.

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the basic steps that are the foundation of classic Israeli dance, and to trace their origins, including the Hora (Rumania), the Yemenite (Yemen), the Cherkessia (Russia), and others. Dance favorites which incorporate these steps will be taught and reviewed during the session – no prior experience or partner is necessary.

Please bring a comfortable pair of soft-soled shoes and a willingness to learn and have fun.

Information about Lisa Tessler: 

Lisa Tessler has taught Israeli and international folk dancing in Maine for over 20 years. She has led numerous workshops for college, community, social and religious groups, working closely with students of all ages and skill levels. 

In recent years, Lisa has studied with master teachers Ya’akov Eden, Teme Kernerman, Danny Pollock, and Loui Tucker at the Mainewoods Dance Camp in the United States as well as other dance leaders while touring to Russia, the Ukraine, and Canada.

Her passion for classic Israeli dance stems from her early volunteer experience at Kibbutz Haogen in 1975 and later study at the University of Haifa in 1978.  She returned to Israel in 1996 to participate in an ethnic folk dance tour of the country and attend the annual Karmiel Dance Festival.

Lisa holds an A.B. from Bowdoin College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School Education.