Staff

CHOREOGRAPHERS

YARON BEN-SIMHON is back with us again joining the Camp SheLAnu 2020 staff! One of the most brilliant, charismatic and charming choreographers from Israel, Yaron has been invited to travel around the world for decades sharing his beautiful dances at countless workshops and camps. His popular dances include Machshavot Belibi, Bachur Chadash, Kama Chaser, Ani Lo Yachol, Ha’auto Sheli Hayofi Shelach, Kanire, and Hi Rak Rotza Lirkod. Yaron always looks forward to seeing all of his L.A. friends at Camp SheLAnu! We can’t wait to learn his newest hits and for him to DJ another dynamic marathon!

SHMULIK GOV-ARI will be joining Camp SheLAnu for the 1st time! It will also be his first time back in LA in 7 years! Shmulik is an icon in the Israeli dance community with favorite hits like Naale, Eilat, Lama Ma, Erev Shabbat, Kol Nederai, Lakum VeLaamod, Rokdim Yechefim, Silchi Li Yalda and more! We are so excited and fortunate to have him join our 2020 team!

 

 

ILAI SZPIEZAK will be joining the Camp SheLAnu 2020 staff as a guest choreographer. Ilai has been invited to several camps including Machol Europa, Machol Hungaria, Gvanim, Machol Miami and more. As this will be his first time on the west coast, we can’t wait to welcome him to L.A! Born in Argentina, Ilai lived in Israel and now resides in London where he is an award winning creative producer, artistic director, instructor, performer and choreographer. As a trained ballet dancer and one of the most energetic markidim of the new generation, Ilai’s creativity, precise teaching, and passion for performance will keep you on the dance floor all night long! His hits include Bereshit, Medabrim Besheket, and Gaaguai.

CAMP SHELANU DIRECTORS

With 20 years of experience teaching kids and adults, ORLY STAR aims to entertain with her endless warmth and talent! She leads “Dance with Orly” on Wednesdays and “Mostly Partners” on Monday nights in Los Angeles. Her dances include Hafinali, Suddenly, Tutim, Toro, Danza, Kvish Hachof, Ani Yodea, Tizkor, Hinach Yafa, At Bali Tov, and more. Orly exudes an electrifying energy that is both contagious and unparalleled!

 

 

By day, JASON GOLDMAN is an award-winning science journalist and wildlife reporter. Find his work in National Geographic, Scientific American, the BBC, and elsewhere. He founded and directs an annual science communication retreat called SciCommCamp and also leads small groups of travelers on science- and wildlife-focused ecotourism vacations. By night, Jason makes sure everything runs smoothly at dance sessions all over L.A. He can’t wait to bring nearly two decades of dance camp experience to Camp Shelanu!

 

 

 

BEGINNERS PROGRAM / DJs / LATE NIGHT

AARON ALPERT started dancing before he was born! In his freshman year of college, Aaron began teaching Israeli dance at UC Berkeley. In October 2012, he started his own session, Nirkoda! Aaron’s first appearance as a staff member at a dance camp was Camp Rikud in 2016, bringing his dance experience full circle. He is thrilled to be joining the amazing staff of Camp SheLAnu 2020 – for the second time!

 

 

 

HAREL ASARAF was born and raised in Los Angeles. He began teaching Israeli dancing to children at age 18. He ran LA’s popular “Mostly Couples” Israeli Dance session for several years. Harel graduated from California State University, Northridge, in June 2015, with a focus in child development.