Monday Nights In Sunnyvale

Dances Of Modern Israel
Directions | Playlist | Pictures

Location

Click here to see Pictures of Monday Nights Israeli Dance EventsSunnyvale Community Center
550 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Directions, Public Transport and Parking

Admission

$7.00

Holidays

No dancing Memorial Day and Labor Day (Mondays); no dancing on major Jewish holidays. No dancing if Xmas, Xmas Eve, New Years Eve, New Year's Day or July 4th fall on a Monday. Contact me if you are uncertain.

Schedule

7:30-
8:00
PM

Easy warm-up dances that most beginners can do without a lot of instruction. New beginners always welcome to join.

8:00-
8:30
PM

2 or 3 beginner dances will be taught. Sometimes one of the dances is a couple dance. Dances are typically taught at least twice, sometimes three weeks in a row.

8:30-
9:00
PM

Usually 2 intermediate/advanced dances, usually one non-partner dance, one partner dance. Dances are typically taught two weeks in a row. About every fifth week, I take a night off and don't teach. Request dancing starts at 8:30 with dances the beginners have been learning.

9:00-
11:30
PM

Open dancing, requests. Starts out fairly easy and aerobic, most recent dances played 9:30-11:00. Older material, esoteric, infrequently-played, memory-challenge dances the last half-hour.

Music/Dance

80% Ashkenazi and modern Israeli; 20% Yemenite, Mizrahi.
Couple sets are almost always 3 dances, typically 8 couple sets during the evening. Sometimes the last set has four couple dances.
1-2 "line" dances per evening.
About 60% of the dances are from the last 5 years, but there are always "oldies" [dances from 1995 and earlier] mixed in.
If you're really curious about the repertoire, click here for a typical play list.

Requests

I use a request board. If you can't remember the name of a dance show me some steps or hum some of the music. I've been teaching for almost 20 years and dancing for almost 30, and I can usually figure out the dance you want.

Floor/Room

Smooth, wood parquet over foam pad over concrete. Some people complain about leg and lower back pain. Nice ballroom with soft lighting. Air-conditioned for the summer, good cross-ventilation otherwise.

Snacks

Coffee, tea, lemonade, hot chocolate. Cookies and popcorn. Seasonally and occasionally: apples, figs, oranges, pineapple guavas, birthday cake.

Attendance

Varies from 100-120; 60% women, 40% men
60% Israelis; 40% American Jews and non-Jews
Average age about 40; age range from late teens to mid-70's.

Children

Children under 14 are welcome if accompanied by a parent. More children attend during the summer. There is a lobby just outside the dance hall that provides a safe place for teens and youngsters to congregate while their parents dance. Children under 14 $1.00 (to cover all the lemonade, popcorn and hot chocolate they consume!)

Note

A group of nightowls goes out after dancing to a nearby restaurant for drinks/snacks. Size of group ranges from 4 to 15. We're usually on the road for home around 1:00 AM.

Contact

If you have further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me! I can also tell you what's being taught at the lessons or if there's no teaching that night.

DANCING WITH CANCER
by Loui Tucker

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