Click the links below to see how Israeli folk dance has been implemented into their program
I have been teaching at Epstein since 2002. For the middle school,
I work on the Shiriya performance, Rosh Hashana assembly, and 8th grade graduation dances yearly in addition to teaching a weekly academy. I teach the lower school occasionally for special assemblies and events such as an Israel unit or certain holidays. Epstein middle school dancers elect to be a part of the Israeli Folk Dance community and it has been one of the largest academies offered with students waiting for the next term to be accepted. Many of the 8th grade students complete the audition process and become part of Nitzanim.
I taught the Physical Education dance unit in 2005 to the 4th and 5th grades. That same year, I helped with the dancing for a middle school production. In 2007, I spent a month at Davis teaching grades 4 thru 8 and preparing the lower school for a Yom Ha'atzma'ut performance. In 2008, I took a more modern approach to Israeli folk dancing and taught grades 4 thru 8 contemporary dances everyday for a month. In 2009, we expanded the program to add first thru third grade.
During the 2007-2008 school year, I taught an Israeli folk dance after school program twice a week. This class was for credit towards the arts or physical education. During the second semester, we created a performance for their “Night of the Arts” program.
In 2004 I held a preview session for the 6th and 7th grade that
consisted of both traditional and modern Israeli folk dances, preparing the students for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah years ahead. During the 2007-2008 school year, I taught 5th grade girls and boys a performance dance that they used for their Yom Ha’atzma’ut dance show. The girls performed a modern Hora and the boys performed an Israeli Hip Hop dance.
I taught at Yeshiva for the 2009-2010 school year to the female only Physical Education classes. We learned a variety of dances ranging in traditional to modern and even a little Middle Eastern belly dancing.