(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Prior to this year’s Carmiel Dance Festival, dancers and dance teachers from all over the world took part in an introductory tour of Israel, which also showed them something of KKL-JNF activities. “Dance brings nations together,” they agreed.
Dance, it seems, really can transcend borders, if the participants in a folk-dancing course held in the run-up to the Carmiel Dance Festival are anything to go by.
The dance teachers and the members of the various dance troupes, who had arrived in Israel in preparation for the Carmiel Festival that will take place on July 23-25, have spent two weeks learning Israeli folk dances. “Folk dancing is an enjoyable and fun way for people both young and old to make contact with the Jewish community in Israel,” said Suri Leung, who manages dancing schools in Canada. “Dancing can also help to promote peace and tolerance between different nations,” she added.
The dancers, from a variety of different countries, took part in a day of exploration and tours throughout northern Israel, which gave them an opportunity to see something of the country and learn a little about KKL-JNF activities. “Zionism through the feet,” the participants called it, referring to their dancing no less than to their hikes along the country’s footpaths.
After the tour of the Gilboa and Naharayim in northern Israel, the group moved on to visit Christian sites on the shores of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Eventually, however, the fascinating day drew to a close, and it was time to return to Carmiel to continue studying and preparing for the festival. “We’ve folk-danced in many different parts of the world, and now, at last, we’ll get to dance here in Israel,” concluded Rich Janis of the USA.
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