My name is Tzaphira (Allison) Stern
I am a dance activist. Founder of "Dance for a Change," an independent dance-activism initiative that aims to promote the well-being of women in Jerusalem through dance improvisation classes and somatic movement therapy.
These practices are focused on our inner sense of movement, strengthening our ability to self-regulate, have a better mind-body connection, and use movement with more awareness and self-confidence. As a dance teacher and researcher, I believe body movement, in connection with place, is influenced by social norms and has the power to change them.
Through somatic practice, Dance also holds the potential for personal growth and mental transformation. With the intention of empowerment, I teach improvisation and somatic movement classes to marginalized communities, such as women in East Jerusalem and senior women. I also work individually with somatic movement therapy to better women's lives and foster personal transformation and well-being.
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.
I hope to share my passion for Dance and movement with you through this website. Whether you are interested in taking a class, individual somatic therapy, or learning more about my research, I invite you to explore my site and reach out with any questions or comments.