No one thought it was possible, but in just 10 weeks, four-time-world champion ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine brought together two communities that had lived uneasily side-by-side for years. How did he do it? By teaching 150 11-year-old Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance together and to see each other as human beings and not the “other.” Through ballroom dance, he showed the children and their parents how to #DanceNotWar.
>> Watch our trailer: bit.ly/dijtrailer
How to See Our Film
Following wonderful critical reviews and many audience awards during our theatrical release, Dancing in Jaffa is now available on DVD, VOD, and iTunes (bit.ly/JAFFAitunes). You can also request a screening at your local theater by visitingbit.ly/dijgathrfilms and then telling your family and friends about it.
How to Learn the Art of Respect
Pierre Dulaine speaks at TEDxHollywood about how ballroom dance changed his life and how it can change yours.
>> Watch his TED Talk, “May I Have This Dance, Please?”
How to Join Our Movement
Help us end the cycle of hatred and violence, teaching the next generation of children to #DanceNotWar.
Here’s what you can do:
1. Share the Dancing in Jaffa trailer on Facebook (bit.ly/dijtrailer) and add a note about why you care about this movement.
2. Tweet about our movement. Sample tweet: "You can't be angry or sad while dancing" @DancingInJaffa kids dance out the hate #DanceNotWar bit.ly/dijtrailer
3. Retweet us if that’s easier! http://bit.ly/dij4ft2
4. Snap a selfie holding our sign and share it on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #DanceNotWar when you post. http://bit.ly/dijsign
5. Watch our film on DVD, VOD and iTunes (bit.ly/JAFFAitunes) or via Gathr.us(http://bit.ly/dijgathrfilms)
6. Bring Pierre’s program, Dancing Classrooms, to your school.
Now, more than ever, as conflict rages around the world, Pierre’s program is crucial. Picture it being taught in every school, in every city, in every country. Imagine how the future might unfold if the art of movement and dance triumphed over the politics of history and geography.
If we change the children, we can change the future. One step at a time.