I have a friend on facebook, Kinga Kalupa, who dances Israeli dance in a group of Polish
people, most of whom are not Jewish; they love to dance Israeli dances, dance twice a week,
and go to any Israeli dance camp held in Europe. Last October they had an Israeli dance camp
in Poland and invited Kobi Michaeli. They hope have a camp again this year. |
Kinga is grateful to know of our interest in them. View some photos and read they have
to say. Orith
We have our own website, but for now, it's only in Polish. We will translate it soon into
English and hopefully, French. Our IFD group has existed for 15 years in Warsaw, Poland.
Classes are held twice a week and since 1998, they have been led by Monika Leszczynska.
We participate in camps and workshops in Hungary, Czech Republic, France, Austria, and
other places. Last year in October, for the first time, we organized our own camp
in Poland and invited Kobi Michaeli. Hopefully, we will organize another camp this year,
possibly in November. We are proud to say we have been invited to perform at some Jewish events in
Poland.(see photo)If there's something more you would like to know about us, please ask.
Sincerly yours, Kinga
Our teacher, Monika Leszczynska writes:
We are completing 15 years of Israeli dancing in Poland!
What we dance: we try to include in our dance list new, popular dances like Dam Dam or Hayde, for example, as well as the older ones like Ahavat Chadassa or Sheleg Al Iri. We try to choose dances that show what Israeli dancing is about.
I have organized and participated in many workshops with teachers, students, and the elderly, and I know that many more people have now heard, seen, or even danced newer Israeli dances, not only the older ones.
Although most of us are not Jewish, we are passionate about dancing or Israeli Culture.
Today in Poland, there is a great interest in Jewish Culture. Therefore, we are well received. We proudly show through dance that there is also a new life, a new culture - not a separate one - an Israeli culture.