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!

 

 

Weekly D’var: Netzavim

Weekly D’var: Netzavim

This week’s parsha, Nitzavim, begins with an expression of the universality of God’s covenant with the Israelites. It wasn’t enough to say ‘all of you’ who are standing before God, rather, we are given a list of all those assembled before Moses as he instructed them before they entered the land of Israel. In this list, we see a hierarchy of social and religious significance; we are told that among those present are tribal leaders, elders, officials, men who have households, children, wives, and ‘strangers’, the servants.

Moses continues to remind the Israelites of God’s actions during their journey out of Egypt, the commandments they have been given, and the consequences of both living by and living against the conditions of the covenant. There are warnings of curses and anger and wrath and promises of blessing and sustenance and reward. This is, at its simplest, Moses’ final attempt to give the Israelites a moral compass, a sense of right and wrong in God’s eyes, as they finally cross into the land promised to their ancestors, but without Moses’ leadership.

There is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful pieces of language in the Torah towards the end of Moses’ instructions to the Israelites (Deut. 30 12-16):

[This instruction] is not in the heavens, that you should say, “Who among us can go up to the heavens and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who among us can cross to the other side of the sea and get it for us and impart it to us, that we may observe it?” No, the thing is very close to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to observe it. I set before you this day life and prosperity, death and adversity. For I command you this day, to love your God, to walk in God’s ways, and to keep God’s commandments, God’s laws, and God’s rules, that you may thrive and increase, and that your God may bless you in the land that you are about to enter and possess.

As Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur near again, this week’s parsha is a reminder that when we are celebrating, showing humility and remorse, asking one another and God for forgiveness, we are equal. The opportunity to act righteously, care for ourselves and others around us, and enjoy prosperity is accessible and within the reach of every one of us, regardless of privilege and position, as is the opportunity near to us to turn from our misdeeds and transgressions towards goodness in the new year.

Shanah Tovah U’metuka
A Happy and Sweet 5783!

A New Hillel Home in Kingston!

A New Hillel Home in Kingston!

Kingston, ON – September 21, 2022

For 50 years, the Otterburn House in Kingston, Ontario was the home of Queen’s Hillel. Since 2018, however, Queen’s Hillel has been without a permanent location, necessitating the use of temporary rental space on-campus.

Over the past year, Beth Israel Synagogue invested in an intensive rejuvenation project to give the Otterburn House its first major update since 1992. Today, with the invaluable support of two community visionaries, we are excited to share that our Queen’s Hillel staff, Yos and Leora Tarshish, will be making the Otterburn House both their own home, and a renewed base for Queen’s Hillel. By creating a welcoming community grounded in their own lives, Yos and Leora will serve as a model for what Jewish living in all of its dimensions can be, and leverage the successful models of Base and Moishe House.

On behalf of Hillel Ontario, Chief Executive Officer, Rabbi Seth Goren said the following:

“Hillel Ontario has been striving to ensure that Queen’s Hillel once again had a space to meaningfully engage Jewish students in Kingston. Yos and Leora Tarshish have been working tirelessly to nurture strong and resilient Jewish students, build innovative micro-communities, and empower the next generation of community advocates. With the invaluable support of community philanthropists who are committed to the Kingston community, and to the future of Jewish students at Queen’s, Hillel Ontario could not be more pleased to see Hillel once again have a permanent home in Kingston.”

On behalf of Queen’s Hillel, Director, Yos Tarshish said the following:

“Leora and I are incredibly excited to be moving into the Otterburn House, and welcoming a new generation of Jewish students into a space that holds such a special place in the history of Queen’s Hillel. The space has been lovingly restored by the hard work of the Beth Israel Otterburn Committee, led by Arnie Palmer, Michael Springer, Richard Kizell and Mark Malinoff, and it is a true testament to the vigour and tenacity of the Kingston Jewish community. Jewish student life has been steadily growing in Kingston for more than a decade, and Hillel is at the forefront of ensuring that the Jewish community on campus is both vibrant and inclusive. We are honoured to engage Jewish students on campus in Kingston, and are immensely grateful for the opportunity to bring Hillel activities back to Otterburn.”

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Hillel Ontario is the largest regional Hillel in the world, serving nine universities, with a combined Jewish student population of 14,000.

For additional information, please contact:

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer
jay.solomon@hillelontario.org

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