DANCES OF MODERN ISRAEL

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LOCATION -- Sunnyvale Community Center 550 E. Remington Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94087

ADMISSION -- $8.00 (first time is free!)

HOLIDAYS -- No dancing Memorial Day and Labor Day (Mondays); no dancing on major Jewish holidays. No dancing the last two weeks of December because they refinish the floors in the dance hall. Contact me if you are uncertain.

SCHEDULE --
7:30- 8:00 PM Easy warm-up dances that most beginners can do without a lot of instruction. New beginners always welcome to join.
8:00- 8:30 PM 1-2 beginner dances will be taught. Sometimes one of the dances is a couple dance. Sometimes the dance that is taught to the intermediate class is previewed for this beginner class so they get a double-exposure and have a chance to master the dance.
8:30- 9:00 PM Usually 2 intermediate/advanced dances, one non-partner dance, one partner dance. Dances are typically taught two weeks in a row. About every fifth week, I take a night off and don't teach. Request dancing starts at 8:30 with dances the beginners have been learning.
9:00- 11:30 PM Open dancing, requests. Starts out fairly easy and aerobic, most recent dances played 9:30-11:00. Older material, esoteric, infrequently-played, memory-challenge dances the last half-hour.

MUSIC/DANCE -- 80% Ashkenazi and modern Israeli; 20% Yemenite, Mizrahi. Couple sets are almost always 3 dances, typically 8 couple sets during the evening. Sometimes the last set has four couple dances. About 60% of the dances are from the last 5 years, but there are always "oldies" [dances from 1995 and earlier] mixed in.

REQUESTS -- I use a request board. If you can't remember the name of a dance show me some steps or hum some of the music. I've been teaching for almost 35 years and dancing for almost 45, and I can usually figure out the dance you want.

PLAYLIST -- I have posted a sample playlist here. I will try to update this list every couple of months. If you cannot wait for an update, contact me and I will send you the latest playlist via email.

FLOOR/ROOM -- Smooth, wood parquet over foam pad over concrete. Some people complain about leg and lower back pain. Nice ballroom with soft lighting. Air-conditioned for the summer, good cross-ventilation otherwise.

SNACKS -- Coffee, tea, lemonade, hot chocolate. Cookies and popcorn. Seasonally and occasionally: apples, figs, oranges, pineapple guavas, birthday cake.

ATTENDANCE -- Varies from 90-110; 60% women, 40% men; 60% Israelis, 40% American Jews and non-Jews Average age about 40; age range from early 20s to late-70's.

CHILDREN -- Children under 14 are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Children often attend during the summer when on vacation from school. There is a lobby just outside the dance hall that provides a safe place for teens and youngsters to congregate while their parents dance. Children under 14 $1.00 (to cover all the lemonade, popcorn and hot chocolate they consume!)

NOTE -- A group of nightowls goes out after dancing to a nearby restaurant for drinks/snacks. Size of group ranges from 4 to 15. We're usually on the road for home around 1:00 AM.

CONTACT -- If you have further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me! I can also tell you what's being taught at the lessons or if there's no teaching that night.