youth israeli dance classes-about
11th annual JCC Festival Ha’Rikud
Gala Show May 8, 2014
Visiting Choreographer/ Director
Festival Ha’Rikud Artistic Director
NEW JCC Israeli Dance Coordinator
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Vision & History
Founded in 2004, the annual Festival Ha’Rikud, brings together youth from all walks of life in celebration of Jewish and Israeli culture through music and dance. The Festival is a successful model for “outreach” programming that engages youth throughout Greater Vancouver & the more remote areas of the Lower Mainland. The Festival has grown from 50 dancers in 2004 to over 250 in 2010, with growing participation nationally and internationally.
During its 8 years, the Festival showcased youth Israeli folkdance groups from
Innovative Workshop Opportunity
In 2011 the JCC combined the Festival Ha’Rikud with the Vancouver Israeli Folk Dance Society annual Victoria Day Dance Workshop. The 2-day Workshop provided the venue and the staff to facilitate the teaching and participating in all levels of Israeli Dance to our local dancers, as well as our out-of- town guests.
For more information about the Vancouver Israeli Folkdance Society click here>>
Of Chadash and Or Atid
An important initiative to evolve out of the Festival was the creation of Or Chadash- Grades 9-12 and Or Atid Grades 7-9. Or Chadash and Or Atid, are performing groups comprised of local teens predominately from public schools, with dance experience. They have become our youth ambassadors of Israeli culture and representatives of our local Jewish Community, participating in multi-cultural events such as the John Oliver School Multi Cultural Show, Bhagra Festival, and the Kitsilano Showboat.
Or Chadash and or Atid have developed relationships and performed with other world-wide Israeli Dance groups including “Ruach” from Miami, Florida, “Chai” from Winnipeg, Manitoba and they have an ongoing partnership with “Hora Goel,” a youth dance group from Northern Israel.
One of the most exciting outcomes of the formation of Or Chadash is the inspiration it gives to the younger participants to stay committed to the program year after year, aspiring to join Or Chadash and Or Atid.
The Festival Today
The annual Festival Ha’Rikud has evolved into a weekend on fun filled excitement for the performing groups, participants and the entire family which include:
At the J
- Adult Programs
- Arts and Culture
- Preschools and Daycares
- Children and Youth
- Fitness & Wellness
- Israeli Programs
- Isaac Waldman Library
- Jewish Book Festival
- Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre
- Performing Arts Classes
- Sports Dinner
- BC Catering
- Inclusion Services
- Zack Gallery