Monday, June 6, 2011

Tikkun Leil Breaking

Tomorrow night at the JCC on the Upper West Side of Manhattan (76th and Amsterdam), I will be teaching an intro to breaking class at 1:45 a.m. for the Stay the Night/Tikkun Leil Shavuot Program.

You might be wondering -- what does breaking have to do with Shavuot, Torah and Judaism? Nothing. I can make jokes about how breaking, since it is performed in a cypher, can be called "The Other Circle Dance." (Cue the groaning.) But really that's quite a stretch. Simply defined, "Breaking a form of African American competitive dance that developed in New York in the 1970's, and is also sometimes known as 'breakdancing.'" (This skeletal explanation was provided by one of the preeminent scholars of hip hop.) Jew's got nothing to do with it.

The reason I'm teaching this class (which will be the first breaking session I've ever led so I'm all kinds of nervous) is because I was asked to. Thankfully the fine folks at the JCC didn't ask me to contrive a way to connect it Judaism cause my head would've exploded from the effort.

Though the dance doesn't have any obvious Jewish connections, I still hope you guys can stay awake long enough to come out. Have some cheesecake (free at the JCC) but make sure you eat it at least an hour before dancing. You don't want to break with a stomach full of cheesecake. Trust me.

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