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At the WSO
Once Upon a Dance!
Feb 17, 2017 – Feb 19, 2017

A twirl through Manitoba's history in dance. Five of the province's leading dance companies (including the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble) show off a few of the cultures woven together on this land. Lively music plus virtuosic performances add up to a very special show that could only be made in Manitoba! Use Promo code "DANCE" and get 25% off !
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The Chai Folk Ensemble has been widely acclaimed as North America's oldest and largest Israeli folk dance ensemble. Founded in 1964 by the late Sarah Sommer, Chai has built an international reputation for the unique blend of international dance, music and song that gives it its name...Hebrew for "alive".

A truly all-encompassing Jewish cultural experience, Chai is made up of more than 40 dancers, singers and musicians. It is the only Israeli folk ensemble in North America to perform exclusively to live musical accompaniment.


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Through the universal languages of music and dance, the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble reminds audiences around the world what a joy and privilege it is to be alive. Designed by Hilary Druxman to commemorate Chai’s 50th anniversary, this handcrafted sterling silver wearable art honours the past while propelling us into the future with renewed energy. Net proceeds will help Chai continue to share Jewish culture and history, find our commonality and embrace our passion and humanity.

Celebrate Chai. Celebrate Life.

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Chai: 50 Years Alive!
Produced by Lank Beach Productions

How to be in the Chai Folk Ensemble!

Chai is always on the lookout for talented dancers, singers and musicians who would like to become part of the Chai family. Chai provides an opportunity for young people to experience this unique group who proudly represent Israel, Winnipeg and Canada, both here and around the world.

Performers must be 16 years of age or older. Auditions are usually held twice a year but give us a call if you or someone you know, is interested - 204-477-7497.

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