Your Favourite Dances On One Foot

by | Jan 18, 2018 | Hillel Ontario, On One Foot | 0 comments


When you think about a ballerina, you likely think about a pink tutu, a tight bun, and beautiful posture! You might also think about a long-legged dancer, standing on pointe On One Foot. We like the way you think! Go ahead and share this post and add a link to the team you want to see supported.

 

We all know what twerking is. Miley Cyrus does it, Nicky Minaj does it, Rihanna does it, and you can likely name many more! What you might not know is that it actually links far back in the African culture. Similar African dance styles are called mapouka, leumbuel, and others. They all have the typical movement of the hips in common.

 

Oppan Gangnam style
Gangnam style
Najeneun ttasaroun inganjeokin yeoja
Keopi hanjaneu yeoyureul aneun pumgyeok inneun yeoja
Bami omyeon simjangi tteugeowojineun yeoja
Geureon banjeon inneun yeoja

… Do you remember this? Of course you do! And we do too! How about the classic Gangnam Style dance? Now imagine that on one foot!! We challenge you to try it right now!

 

The Stanky Legg started in 2008, when the GS Boyz came out with their hit ”Stanky Legg”. Essentially, all the dancer needs to do is move one leg in circular motion, while balancing themselves on the other leg. Now the big question is, how you do the Stanky Legg On One Foot? We suggest you raise your circling foot into the air, instead of balancing it on the ground.

 

Everyone knows John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever. It’s among the most classical dance moves out there, marking the whole era of disco dance. All you need to do for Saturday Night Fever is stick your hand up in the air, point towards the sky and then take the hand back down, diagonally to where it was before, and point your finger down to the ground.

Now let’s add the twist. Keep doing the described motion, but at the same time pull one leg up.

Finally, a quick reminder to make sure you stay balanced!

 

This one is a little harder to try at home. Especially if you’re by yourself. If you’ve watched Dirty Dancing you probably remember the scene where Baby jumps into Johnny’s arm during the final epic dance scene. Can you imagine that scene On One Foot? Let us help you… Johnny stands at one end of the room, On One Foot. Baby stands at the other end of the room, On One Foot. All of a sudden Baby starts jumping On One Foot towards Johnny. When she reaches him she jumps high up, and Johnny (still standing On One Foot) is trying to catch her, loses balance, and end of story. Doesn’t sound great? We agree, so don’t try it at home!

 

This one won’t take much imagination as it is being danced On One Foot. In case you don’t know what The Funky Chicken is, we ask you now to stand up, whether you’re on a call, in the library, or alone at home, and follow these instructions:
1. Take your right foot in your right hand.

  1. Put your left hand behind your head, elbow facing to the sky.
  2. With your left hand push your head down. Simultaneously pull your right knee up.
  3. Go back to no.2
  4. Go back to no. 3
  5. Continue repeating.
    You’ve learned The Funky Chicken. Congrats!

 

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023

In their research on listening to survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, Bronwen E. Low and Emmanuelle Sonntag note listeners’ problematic tendencies towards one of two responses.  On the one hand, they can regard the narratives as so unfamiliar and foreign that they must be pushed away as overwhelming, untouchable, and inaccessible.  On the other, the stories can be seen as familiar, to the point that the listener cannot separate their own experiences and emotional response from what they take in.

But another, preferable response exists: Roger I. Simon and Claudia Eppert talk about a “chain of testimony” and suggest that listening imposes a duty on the listener.  Listening to personal testimony at the crossroads of memory and history “imposes particular obligations on those called to receive it – obligations imbued with the exigencies of justice, compassion, and hope that define the horizon for a world yet to be realized.”  In this way, bearing witness and listening to testimony demands a number of actions and responses, including that we “transport and translate stories of past injustices beyond their moment of telling by taking these stories to another time and space where they become available to be heard or seen.”

If we take Simon and Eppert’s charge seriously, as I believe we should, those of us who have been privileged to hear the direct testimony of survivors of the Holocaust.  Their words come not just with the specific knowledge they impart or the emotional impact they have on us – sorrow, anger, fear, horror – but with a duty, an obligation of some kind.  

On many of our campuses, this week is Holocaust Education Week, and this Friday marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Given the significant number of Holocaust survivors and their descendants in Canada, the scheduled events and programs have a personal resonance for many of our students and their families, but their impact can be deep and meaningful for all of us, regardless of who we are and where we come from.  I encourage each of you to make time to participate in this week’s activities and to consider your place in the chain of testimony: what obligation does listening to narratives from the Holocaust place on you, and how do you carry those stories forward in time?

 

Weekly D’var: Shemot

Weekly D’var: Shemot

In this week’s parashah we learn the story of Moses, from his birth, through his flight from and eventual return to Egypt, to the acceptance of his role as leader of the Hebrew people.

After fleeing Egypt, for killing an Egyptian slave master, Moses was living rather peacefully as a shepherd in the land of Midian. The Torah describes for us Moses’s first interaction with G-d upon coming across a bush, “burning with a heart of fire [Exodus 3:3]”. G-d calls out to Moses and requests he take the Jewish people out of Egypt and eventually into the land of Israel. However, Moses argues with G-d, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Who am I that I should take the Jews out of Egypt? [Exodus 3:11]” After initially refusing four times, Moses eventually agrees to G-ds request, and as we know, the rest is history. But why was Moses so unwilling to take up the position of leader, to the extent that he would argue with G-d? And why was G-d so set on having Moses lead the Jewish people? 

Perhaps the answer can be found through the incident that led to his flight from Egypt, years earlier, when Moses, as mentioned above, killed an Egyptian slave master for beating a Hebrew slave. Immediately, he was met with opposition from some of the Hebrew slaves, “who made you chief and ruler over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian? [Exodus 2:14]” Moses felt discouraged and unsure of his ability to lead. However, it seems that G-d saw in Moses, a faithful shepherd, the ability to lead his people from slavery to freedom. Very often in Tanakh, the people that are most worthy to lead are the ones who deny that they are worthy at all. Moses may not appear to be the first choice for a leadership figure, suffering from a speech impediment and lacking charisma; however, Moses possessed certain qualities that made him the ideal leader to bring the Jewish people out of Egypt. We too possess qualities that can lead us to achieve incredible success and realize our full potential. We may often feel unmotivated or unsure of our own capabilities. Instead of feeling discouraged, I believe we can look to Moses who, despite all his doubts, stepped up to the challenge and became the greatest leader in Jewish history. 

Sam Virine
VP of Jewish Life at Hillel Waterloo & Laurier

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