In between arranging for Edmonton’s only kosher deli, coordinating volunteers and a varied marketplace I haven’t lost sight of the main reason for all this effort – Israeli dance!
I’m really looking forward to our line up this year – revisiting some of our favourites from our repertoire and introducing a few new dances as well. After performing Adama V’Shemayim (Heaven and Earth) under the open sky on the small Heritage Days stage this past summer it will be such a pleasure to dance with the entire group on a larger stage. For the first time EVER our artistic director Sari Uretsky Leung told us that we looked great – our dance is ready – a few weeks before the show!
This past summer Sari and I attended the Festival Karmiel in Israel, the Woodstock of Israeli dance. We had the opportunity to meet and perform on the big stage (think rock concert with over 100 dancers) with noted choreographer Shuki Hoffman. She and her son Yaniv choreographed “Birds” which has become quite popular in Israel and we are looking forward to debuting this number here in Edmonton. (This is our white dove costumes in the photos below.)
While I won’t give away all of the dances I will say that I am most looking forward to another new number choreographed by our own Sari Uretsky Leung and Rebeccah Rosenblum having the number with the entire ensemble of adults and teens on stage. I think it is so impressive to see so many people on the stage given that we began with only 5 or 6 members in 2006.
But most of all, I am thrilled to be dancing with all three of my daughters in the grande finale that all festival dancers on stage. How is that for some quality time with my daughters?!
– Stacey Leavitt Writght