If you would have asked me as a child what I imagined I would do as an adult, dancing would not have been at the top of the list.
Especially growing up during the seventies and eighties in the macho society of Israel. The only dancing experience
I remember was Israeli folk dancing. This was forced on me as a teenager for a few months by the commitments of
a temporary relationship. The first time I appreciated dance as a physical art form was when I saw Mikhail Baryshnikov
a few years later in the movie White Nights. His breathtaking abilities took me to the Westside Dance Academy in
Santa Monica where I studied Ballet for a couple of years. Around the same time, I shared a house with a percussion
player who introduced me to African music. Trying my hands at playing West African Djembe for dancers introduced me to the
grounding and free flow style of movement of African dancing. I studied under Charmain Renata Hubbard.
The following year, after viewing photos of a friend's visit to Brazil, I discovered Capoeira (the Brazilian national martial art)
and Samba. It was a lot of fun dancing with a Samba troupe at the annual Carnival
Parade celebration in Long Beach, CA. The more proficient dancer I became, the more I experimented with other forms of dance
such as Tap, Jazz, Modern, Swing and Salsa. I was fortunate to join an experimental group of dancers under the lead of Amina Kaplan.
We created the show "Everyman For Himself", a fusion of Contact Improv, theatrical elements and acrobatics. "You would look good
dancing Argentine tango", I was told at the end of a ballet class sometime in the late 90's. That brought me to Argentine Tango.
A dance that I have been doing socially ever since. Professionally, I have been teaching, performing and choreographing since 2002.
Argentine Tango web site www.organictango.com
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African dancing in Big Sur.