Events generally in Northern California
November 15 @ 1:00 pm - November 17 @ 5:00 pm$225
If you’re like us, you would love a wonderful weekend of dancing with friendly people in a scenic location. That’s why the new Fall Dance Camp is planned for Nov. 15-17, 2019.
Fall Camp’s first year promises to be a great one. We will have master teachers Erica Goldman (Israeli) and Caspar Bik (international, with emphasis on dances from around the Black Sea). We will also teach some Stockton dances. In addition, of course, there will be plenty of other dancing as well as other activities, including opportunities for campers who want to play instruments or sing in a “potluck band,” a popular poetry workshop, morning hikes around the lovely rural campus, and more.
The camp is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, near Simi Valley, at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University. We will stay in motel-style rooms with private baths, enjoy five meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast (there is an optional Sunday lunch), and dance on a wood floor.
You get all this and more for $225 (triple occupancy), $325 (double occupancy), or $440 (single occupancy). A registration form is attached for your convenience. Space is limited, so if you haven’t already registered, we encourage you to do so soon.
Erika GoldmanErica Goldman was born and raised in New York, where she first inherited her love of Israeli dance from her father, another folk dance fanatic. While a student at Brandeis University in Boston, she performed with several area Israeli dance troupes and was the director of B’yachad (the university’s student group) and Sa’adya. She branched out into other kinds of folk dance as a member and choreographer of the Mandala Folkdance Ensemble.
Erica was a principal dancer with the highly acclaimed Collage Dance Ensemble for a few years and competed with them at the Golden Karagõz Folk Dance Competition in Turkey in 2003.
In 2004, Erica spent the summer as the dance director of Camp Alonim at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, a Jewish overnight camp where Israeli dancing is truly an obsession among the campers. She was hooked; after working for nearly eight years for a software company in Boston, she quit her job and moved to Los Angeles and has been teaching Israeli dance full-time ever since. When she got to Los Angeles, she immediately joined the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble and danced with that Israeli performance company for about eight years. Read more
Caspar BikCaspar Bik was born in 1990 in the Netherlands. He was an active dancer from a young age in groups that presented Dutch dances as well as groups that showed international dances. Caspar graduated in 2013 as a dance teacher at the dance academy Codarts in Rotterdam. Besides folk dancing, Caspar has experience in modern/contemporary dance, classical ballet, jazz dance, ballroom, and tap dance. Since his graduation he has been teaching different dance styles to children, teenagers, and adults at amateur and professional levels. In 2014, he founded a youth school for theater arts which performs a stage musical every year for which Caspar creates the choreography. Both as a folk dance instructor and as a choreographer he has taught courses in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Turkey, Taiwan and the USA. Caspar has been specializing in folk dances from countries around the Black Sea. During his research in Georgia, he trained with the professional ensemble Erisioni and traveled through the country to experience the colorful variety and beauty of Georgian dance, song and music. Read more
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