NZ Israeli Dance
Machol Pacifica is New Zealand's National Israeli Dance collective. Various Israeli Dance Groups are active throughout New Zealand. Dance groups can be found in Auckland, Tauranga, Whakatane, Whanganui, Kapiti, and Wellington in the North Island and Nelson and Christchurch in the South Island. Dancers vary widely in age, from primary school to senior citizens.
These groups come together for an annual three day dance camp which offers dance workshops, enjoyable evening dance sessions, and the opportunity to study Israeli folkdance, folklore and culture, all in a fun, social atmosphere. 'Camp' has also grown to include regional events.
The first camp, held in 1989 was organised by Stan Morris and Raymond Matson (Hamilton Israeli Dance Group). Moshe Telem, a well-known Israeli choreographer was invited to attend and he has returned to teach at several subsequent Machol Pacifica dance camps.
His charismatic style and successful formula of teaching both his own dances and those of other contemporary Israeli choreographers was extremely popular. Guest choreographers and/or tutors from overseas have become an established tradition at Machol Pacifica.
Machol Pacifica classes and dance camps are held in a school hall or university gymnasium, some with on-site accommodation.
To find an Israeli Dance Group near you visit
Machol Pacifica website: