A dance renaissance?

Choreographer Raquella Siegel is on a mission to prove that Judaism and hip-hop can blend

February 28, 2013 12:18
3 minute read.
hip hop dance class

hip hop dance class. (photo credit: Lidor David)


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F or most, hip-hop dance is not what comes to mind when one thinks of Israel, particularly within the religious world. However, throughout the country and specifically within Jerusalem’s growing arts scene, this creative form of dance is show- ing a bold presence.

Raquella Siegel, an immigrant from Teaneck, New Jer- sey, has taken her love for hip-hop dance and carried it into her new life here as an Israeli. Dance was a central part of her upbringing in Teaneck, and her leadership skills grew as she became more involved in the hip-hop community. Starting as early as sixth grade, choreo- graphing dance routines came naturally to her.


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