Who we are? Why do we dance? and BailaRikud ?
Bailarikud is the combination of two words Baila "dance" in Spanish and Rikud "dance" in Hebrew term that sums up the two worlds of dance music which are dear to the association.
I discovered Israeli dance in 1983, with Cecile Bocquillon who taught me everything from dance to culture. I danced with her for almost ten years, and participate in many shows.
In 1992, I went to my first workshop with Vincent Parodi, a great teacher of Israeli Dance in France, known for his professionalism, kindness and pedagogy.
Then, I discovered International workshops with Israeli choreographers such as Shmulik Gov Ari, Meir Shem Tov and Dudu Barzilai. I never stopped learning with Israeli dance choreographers.
In 2001, I began to teach, first the beginners course and then the intermediated-advanced level.
On January 1st 2002, here I was in the plane to Tel Aviv for the first time .... 10 days of discovery, smiles, new friends and dances ... First trip of many to come ; Indeed, Israel has become my "heart" country.
Since then I have taught children's classes, in student association, weekends in Saint-Etienne, Dijon, Montreal and during summer courses.
SALSA AND LATIN DANCE
I started dancing 10 years ago. In 2010, I met Tinan Leroy, a great dancer, musician and teacher of latin dances. I have a place in my heart for his character and professionalism.
After, I started my professional Latin Dance certification with Tinan, known for his master class teaching, his unsual methods, based on improvisation, musicality and timing.
The drive, the desire of a particular pedagogy, the almost scientific thinking brought us closer and told me I made the right choice in teacher.
In 2013, Tinan gave me the opportunity to participate in the group courses in Paris, debut as a salsa teacher, and to work with him at camps.
Along with salsa, I got the CQP Animation sporting activities. I also expanding my dances areas beginning tango lessons.
In July 2014, I created my own association to link different cultures and dances, and to open courses and workshops.
Mélanie and I, decided to create the BailaRikud team and also offer teams for events, workshops and festivals.
Melanie has been, for over 4 years, co-manager of latino events. Dancing salsa, bachata and kizomba, she knows how to manage and organize the teams in the "Villages latinos". We worked in festivals including Salsa del Mar 2014, Suave 2014, Suave 2015, and Caribedanza festival in Paris.