Israeli Cha Cha
by Marguerite Fishman

The 1950's Latin dance "Cha Cha Cha" became a dance "craze" in clubs and ballrooms. Still popular today, the Cha Cha has inspired the choreography of numerous Israeli folk dances. In this workshop, Marguerite Fishman will introduce the basic steps of Cha Cha and then teach "Ba La," an Israeli partner-circle mixer, and "Cafe Alhambra," an Israeli non-partner line dance. Students of all experience levels are invited to join in the fun.

Marguerite Fishman currently teaches Ballroom and International Folk Dance at City College of San Francisco. Marguerite has choreographed and performed with the SF Bay Revels for seven seasons, working with the Dmitri Prokovsky Ensemble from Moscow, Appalachian folk singer Jean Ritchie, comic actor Geoff Hoyle and many other local dance, music and theatre artists. In the late 1980s she traveled to the Soviet Union with a group of Contra dancers and musicians to promote friendship and peace. Marguerite has also choreographed and performed modern dance with Lucas Hoving's Dance Lab, Six Thumbs Dance Theatre, Zig Zag Theatre, among others.

She has a B.F.A. in dance from The Ohio State University and an M.F.A. in dance from Mills College. Currently she also teaches modern, yoga, and conditioning on the Peninsula.


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