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!

 

 

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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