Dancing into summer at Bialik

Ashkenaz brings dance to Bialik’s year-end celebration

On June 21st, 2012, Bialik students were once again the participants of an Ashkenaz in the Schools program, this time through the art of Yiddish dance. As part of Panorama, Bialik’s week-long arts celebration program at the end of term, Ashkenaz brought dynamic dance teacher (and Artist Liaison & Programming Coordinator) Avia Moore to lead a dance workshop to grade 6 and 7 students.

Students were led through an interactive introduction about the origin of Yiddish dance Khotinskaya, then got the chance to actually perform it together. Accompanied by musicians Kinneret Sagee and JUNO Award-nominated Fern Lindzon, Avia led students through the partnered dance – and a good time was had by all! Senior Division Vice Principal Beverley Young called Avia “a most talented dancer with a lovely manner” and commented on how well the dance complemented the knowledge students had from their Yiddish curriculum. The workshop was the final of three events Ashkenaz and Bialik collaborated upon during the 2011-12 school year. What a great way to close out our year of partnership. We’re looking forward to many more wonderful events in the future!

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