When I left teaching, I thought I might be able to get a job in the publications department of one of the emerging tech firms in Silicon Valley. I had plenty of examples of my work but, alas, no degree in journalism, which all the businesses required. I suppose having worked for the teachers union didn’t help much either. What company would knowingly hire a union organizer?
When I became more involved in the local Israeli dance community, I wrote for and helped produce The Grapevine, a monthly newsletter. This one was 4-6 8½ x14 pieces of paper, folded in half. When the editor retired and I didn’t want to take on that job, it went to another editor who stopped publishing it after six months.
From there I began contributing to Let’s Dance! I believe the first article I wrote appeared in the April 1997 issue in conjunction with the Beginners Festival that Laila Messer, Bill Lidicker and I were organizing on behalf of the Federation. It was a piece encouraging existing dancers to not just attend the event, but to bring at least one non-dancing friend. When Gary took over in 2004, I continued to write articles as well as "filler" for Gary when he occasionally needed a little something to fill half a column. In 2005 I wrote a series about starting a dance class, advertising, planning what to teach, and nurturing it.
When I served as President of the Federation (2009-2011) I wrote a monthly column for Let’s Dance! and I used that as a platform for my ideas, dreams, complaints, and observations. Gary once suggested compiling some of my more inspirational pieces into a booklet for future dancers. That book never happened, but several of my favorites are reproduced on a page on my personal website.
Let’s Dance! magazine has a seven decade history and I am proud to be one of its editors.