“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” ~ Voltaire

In order to celebrate EMIS’s official Opening Ceremony, I (with the help of others) choreographed a dance which we’ll perform, pictures will be coming up soon!

This dance is a collaboration of four different traditional dances- the African Azonto, the Arabic Dabka, the Israeli Hora and the Russian Kalinka. I chose to include all four dances into one since I truly believe that dance is a way to unite people together, with no importance of who they are and where they come from. It is said that dance is the connection between body and soul, but if truth be told, it has the potential to be so much more. I genuinely felt that this week while rehearsing the dance.

All in all we are about 15 participants (or should I say- “dancers”), and it is amazing to watch as we break stereotypical borders and boundaries and have Europeans performing an African dance, Palestinians dancing traditional Jewish dance moves, Israelis dancing Dabka and rolling their tongues as cheers of joy and pride!

Enduring this experience has certainly made me feel proud to be a part of this new school, proud to be in this country and even more delighted to be a contributor in this new generation of change. Together, we expressed our emotions and longings for peace in an approach which in my opinion is stronger than words.

This dance, I feel, will truly draw EMIS’ path towards change. We need to remember that words can only do so much, afterwards comes taking initiative and moving forward- one step at a time.

written by Ophyr Hanan

edited by Alisa Rasch