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My name is Tzaphira (Allison) Stern

I founded Dance for a Change, an independent initiative that promotes social change through dance. Formerly a human rights activist, I now follow this intention as a dance teacher and somatic movement therapist.

Being a city in strife, Jerusalem can gain more healing and hope through the embodied language of dance. I focus on somatic and creative dance to promote the well-being of women of different Jerusalem identities and communities.

I take inspiration from Ann Halprin (RIP), who combined various dance practices to make dances that matter: Choreography, movement therapy, teaching community dance, activism, and research writing. 

I am a Ph.D. student in the Hebrew University Program in Cultural Studies. I am a graduate of the School of Visual Theater (2001) and have a bachelor's (2016) and master's degree (2019) from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. I am also certified in Therapeutic Movement from Wingate Academic College (2021). 

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Photo: Bosmat Ibi

Photo: Noam Tabib

How can you connect with my activity?

Creative dance classes for women over 60 >

Individual somatic movement therapy >

My lecture about dance activism >

The movement dialog project >
Research publications (Hebrew) > 

I invite you to explore my site and reach out with any questions or comments

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