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!

 

 

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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