What is Israeli Folk Dancing??
"Shall We Dance" written by Ilene Bloch-Levy
“While in other countries folk dancing is
fostered, to preserve old rural traditions, Israeli Folk Dancing is a constantly
developing art that has created a dynamic of its own. Today, this art
form, has been embraced and captured globally...from Japan to South
America, across Europe, Canada and the United States, by Jews and
Non-Jews alike, who seem to admire the fire and rhythm of this dance
In Israel alone, there are more than 300,000
Israelis, who attend Israeli folk dancing sessions on a regular basis.
What characterizes Israeli Folk Dancing is a
lively, unbridled spirit, seemingly complete freedom of movement and
animated optimism that seems to embrace the dancers. Its lively beat,
engaging music, wide variety of steps and rhythm draw you in and no
matter how much you learn, there is always
more to learn….
You are never bored!”
Israeli Folk Dancing was first introduced in
Vancouver, in 1970, as a weekly program, offered by the Jewish
Community Center of Greater Vancouver. (JCCGV )
Today, the Vancouver Israeli Folkdance
Society (VIFS) along with the co-sponsorship of the JCCGV,
provide weekly sessions of Instruction and Open Dance as well as annual
workshops and parties!!