Wednesday Nights In Kensington

After over 17 years of being a teacher and DJ for Wednesday Night Dancing, the class has been turned over to a group of local dancers. George Wilson, David Bergen, Robert Gibbons and Binh Au will be coordinating this dance group. Please visit www.cafesimcha.org for more information.

I will continue to visit from time to time and will keep this webpage up for the short term. The basic information below is still accurate as of this writing in April, 2007.

Dances Of Modern Israel
Directions

Location

Arlington Community Church
52 Arlington Avenue
Kensington

Directions, Public Transport and Parking

Admission

$5.00

Holidays

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 Wednesday.

Schedule

8:00-
8:30
PM

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

8:30-
9:15
PM

Intermediate-Advanced dances taught by one or more of the leadership team.

9:15-
11:30
PM

Open dancing, requests. More couple dances in the last half-hour. If we're down to just a dozen dancers, I'll play "instant" requests.

Music/Dance

75% Ashkenazi and modern Israeli; 25% Yemenite, Mizrahi.
This group likes debkas and older dances.
Couple sets are almost always 3 dances, typically 8 couple sets during the evening.
3-4 "line" dances per evening.
About 45% of the dances are from the last 2 years, but there are always "oldies" [dances from 1995 and earlier] mixed in.

Requests

A request board is used. If you can't remember the name of a dance show the DJ some steps or hum some of the music. Someone can usually figure out which dance you want.

Floor/Room

Traditional old, hard wood with a good bounce to it. Easy on the knees and back. Ventilation is not great and it can be very stuffy in the summer despite the large fans.

Refreshments

Cookies or small candies usually. Seasonally and occasionally: apples, plums, birthday cake. We usually have a party about every fifth week and dancers get $1 off admission if they bring food to share.

Attendance

Varies from 40 - 60; 65% women, 35% men
40% Israelis; 60% American Jews and non-Jews
Average age about 35; age range from late teens to mid-70's. There is a group of dancers (sometimes 3, sometimes 12) in their late teens/early 20's who attend the University of California at Berkeley who attend the class There are some nights when a third of the dancers are under age 30.

Beginners

We have a party every fifth week and 8:00-9:15 PM is all easy and/or follow-able beginner dances. It's a good opportunity to introduce a friend to dancing.

DANCING WITH CANCER
by Loui Tucker

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