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Bobbi Jene is another poignant film to add to this year's must-see list of dance documentaries.

After 10 years living in Israel and dancing with Ohad Naharin's Batsheva Dance, American dancer Bobbi Jene Smith decides to leave the company –and the life she's come to know–in search of finding her own path as a dancer and choreographer.

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Iris Erez will visit Reed College in Portland. Photo by Nino Herman, courtesy of The Israel Institute

Two Israeli dance artists will visit U.S. universities this spring to conduct residencies. Former Batsheva Dance Company member Shahar Biniamini will teach Ohad Naharin's Gaga technique at UCLA, and choreographer Iris Erez will conduct contemporary technique classes at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Both will set work on students as part of their residencies. The annual Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, initiated by The Israel Institute, is designed to expose American students to contemporary Israeli arts and culture.

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Kelvin Vu in Ohad Naharin's Project Secus (2014)

Prior to joining Batsheva’s Young Ensemble, Kelvin Vu immersed himself in the ballet-based contemporary program at San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for two years. Artistic director Summer Lee Rhatigan’s advice to always dance full-out changed his daily practice.

“A lot of people would describe her as Jesus or Mufasa­—sort of this master figure in the room. She would often say, ‘Why wait to practice glory? This thing that you’re doing every day—this is the thing. It’s not a preparation for something else. This is it. Why wait to bring your best self?’”

Batsheva’s Young Ensemble performs Ohad Naharin’s Decadance at The Joyce Theater through October 4.

Photo by Gadi Dagon, courtesy of Batsheva Dance Company

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