A Personal Reflection:
Earlier this month I had the great pleasure to lead Klezmer Aerobics for a private party for the organization Syria Supper Club. You can learn more about the organization here. Let me just say that it is an inspiring grassroots effort to promote kindness and hospitality across cultural and religious divides. The event was hosted by B’nai Keshet in Montclair, and seated at large round tables were many Syrian refugee families as well as volunteers for Syria Supper Club. Over two hundred people danced an abbreviated form of Klezmer Aerobics featuring live music by Debra Caplan and Craig Levine and simultaneous Arabic translation of the dance instruction. It was really wonderful to see such a diverse group of people smiling and having fun communicating with movement. I did not take any videos or photos of the event, but here is some cell phone footage from one of the volunteers!
Shvitzin’ in Silverlake!
West Coast shvitzing has begun. Some serious dance-induced body perspiration happened under the ceiling lights of Studio A Dance on Hyperian Avenue (two blocks from the groovy Hyperian theater.) A wonderful dance studio with an open-air feel made for a blissful night of klezmer jams, both mournful and joyous.
Klezmer Aerobics is featured in an article titled Crazy for Klezmer in this summer’s edition of On Wisconsin magazine. The magazine, which is the official alumni magazine for the University of Wisconsin, reaches a half a million Badgers.
Pre-K, kindergarten, and first-grade students filled the gymnasium of the Golda Och Academy in West Orange, New Jersey on a cold winter morning for a high-energy 45 minute Shvitz! The children especially enjoyed the show within the show entitled “The Chicken Dreams of Flight” but honestly – they were pulling off amazing dance moves all morning! Thank you Gena Jarmel and Paula Spack for making this happen! Here’s a photo of the dancers…
Check out the Golda Och Academy – it is a wonderful school!