These three dancers were chosen because of their unique styles and the way they opened my mind, through their performances and classes. To me they are a constant reminder, that even though the dance we dance is based on an ancient tradition, it is still possible to do your own thing.
Nataly was the first teacher who pushed me to discover my own movement language and for that I will always be grateful. I like her special combination of Jewish spirituality and hot gypsy fire.
Nataly is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary artist of middle eastern dance. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Theater, Jerusalem, and a student of Yousry Sharif.
She incorporates different styles of dance, Creates and teaches oriental dance with a personal touch.
Yael is a great inspiration to me. She does theatrical middle eastern dance, and her choreography style is both humorous and intelligent.
From her website: “Yael Becker is an Oriental Dance performer, choreographer and instructor. She is immersed in Middle Eastern Dance, and has contributed to its field since 1996.
Yael studied in Israel, Egypt and in the USA, with teachers such as Elizabeth, Fifi Ness, Mahmoud Reda, Yousry Sharif and Dalia Carella, among others. She also studied improvisation, modern dance and theater dance, acting and singing, meditation and guided imagination technique. Yael holds a B.A. from Tel Aviv University in Psychology and Multidisciplinary Art.”
Orly has her own dance company. I love going to their spectacular shows that are done so professionally and meticulously. They also have the most beautiful costumes that make me green with envy every time.
From her website: “…Choreographer, dancer, teacher and and therapist in movement, voice and contact with experience of 25 years. Her work is based on years of self studies and research of the body and the soft ways to it.
Portal combines the worlds of movement of belly dancing, contact, improvisation and Feldenkrais method and the result is a unique combination of softness and strength and an update of traditional dance to a contemporary language.”