My name is Tzaphira (Allison) Stern
I'm a dance activist, movement teacher, and academic researcher. Founder of "Dance for a Change," an independent dance-activism initiative, promoting dance and well-being for Israeli and Palestinian women in Jerusalem. I'm a graduate of the School of Visual Theater (2001) and have a master’s degree in dance (2019) from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. I completed my thesis at the Program in Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a fellowship at the Leifer Center for Gender Studies. Licensed in Therapeutic Movement from the Wingate Academic College.
Photo: Bosmat Ibi
Dance for a Change
Dance for a Change is a dance activism initiative using dance and movement to foster well-being for women and bridge between communities in East and West Jerusalem
"Dance for a Change" is a social business dance-activism initiative. Our activities meet the needs of women in the community in a post-pandemic reality. We foster movement, self-care, and personal and interpersonal gatherings for older women, Palestinian women, and women needing therapeutic dance. These activities provide access to professional & artistic knowledge from the field of dance, with somatic therapeutic approaches - for women's empowerment in a cross-cultural focus. Part of the activity's goal is to bring women from different backgrounds together in joint dance activities, recognizing the importance of community support for individual and political well-being.