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,
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.