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Call for Help: Speaking about Dance in Israel in the U.S.

Posted on 10 March 2009 by Deborah Friedes Galili

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Speaking about dance in Israel to a group of tourists, March 2008. Photo by Marilyn Friedes.

As you know by now, I have a passion for writing about dance in Israel.  I also have a passion for speaking about dance in Israel, and as I plan a trip to the U.S. in April, I’m hoping to give a few lectures on the subject.   If you’re interested in hearing a lecture or can recommend a place to give a lecture, please read more.

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Dance In Israel joins the DanceBloggers.com community!

Posted on 10 December 2008 by Deborah Friedes Galili

Shortly after I started blogging, I found the desire and the need to follow other dance blogs on a regular basis.  I was eager to discover other dance bloggers and connect with them; I hoped that online, I might find a community feeling similar to what I had always enjoyed in the studio.

Three issues arose as I explored the dance blogosphere from my initial vantage point:

  • It wasn’t always easy to find dance bloggers, even though we exist (really!)
  • Once I found other dance bloggers, following their posts by entering their sites individually (every day) became very time consuming and tiring.
  • I still wanted to connect more easily to other dance bloggers and readers – especially since I was halfway around the world from most of the people I met online!

I hope to see these issues resolved through the introduction of a new website that is bringing dance bloggers together: www.DanceBloggers.com

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Researching Dance in Israel: The Jumping-Off Point

Posted on 19 October 2008 by Deborah Friedes Galili

Deborah Friedes stretching on a beach in Tel Aviv

Deborah Friedes stretching on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel.

My very first post on my very first blog was titled, “Some context, or why I am traveling halfway around the world for a year.”  I was about to leave the U.S. for Israel, where I would be researching Israeli contemporary dance on a Fulbright grant.  Little did I know that I would travel halfway around the world and stay there.  After seeing the vibrancy of dance in Israel, I realized I could research the subject for years to come, and so in the fall of 2008, I undertook a major move to pursue my passion: I made aliyah and moved to Israel.

Every week, on DanceInIsrael.com, I will publish written posts, photo journals, and audio podcasts. My content will reflect the range and vitality of the concert dance scene in Israel.  Beside publishing fresh content, I will also re-publish material from my Fulbright year; some of this was initially posted on The Winger, Israel Seen, and my own blog.  For those of you who have followed my writing on other websites during the past year, you’ll be happy to know that I will preface my older posts with brief musings and my current perspective on the subject.

I invite you to subscribe for free e-mail updates from DanceInIsrael.com when new content goes online by clicking here and typing your e-mail address (please make sure to follow the link in the first e-mail you will receive to complete the subscription process!).

And now, on to the blog! Before we plunge into the heart of the subject, let us start together at a jumping-off point: the seeds of my research.  Below is my first post from my original blog, published on my professional website on September 18, 2007.

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