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The Joy of Jewish Dance, with Bruce Bierman and Gilberto Melendez
The Joy of Jewish Dance is a Thursday weekly musical movement practice that begins by exploring the deeper healing meanings behind the Jewish letters with creative movement midrash (improvisation). Then we take our time to learn the ancient gestures and moves from traditional women’s and men’s Yemenite dance, the soulful ecstatic dances of the Hasidim, klezmer, Sephardic, Mizrachi, Ethiopian and the classic beautiful gems of Israeli folk dance. Each class is a musical journey that aims to lift the spirit, open the heart, and dance in our authentic bodies to the diverse rhythms of world Jewish music.
Discover the beauty and rejuvenating force of this ancient ecstatic dance as the moves of the ancestors are tailor-fit to each individual body and unique expression. For ages 12 to 112. All bodies and backgrounds welcome!
Presented by Chochmat HaLev. Individual classes are $20 (general public), $15 (Chochmat HaLev members). If those amounts are beyond your reach, pay what you can. Register via link at More Info below.
Bruce Bierman is a graduate of the U.C. Santa Cruz Theater Arts program and is a celebrated Jewish dance master, teaching artist, and theater director in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Gilberto Melendez began his career as a dancer in Managua, Nicaragua as the most sought-after dance partner for every fiesta in town. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, he focused his studies on ballet, flamenco and tango as a student of some of the leading teachers in their fields. Gilberto performs and co-leads the Joy of Jewish Dance workshops with his husband, Bruce Bierman.