Michal Hershkovitz Michaeli

Michal Hershkovitz Michaeli

Michal Hershkovitz Michaeli

Michal Hershkowitz Michaeli develops, researches and creates innovative pedagogy for teaching dance in schools. She acquired her academic education at Kibbutzim College, where she graduated M.Ed. with honors in Visual Literacy in Education, B.Ed. in Dance and Movement Education, and a teaching certificate in the field.

Her research "Screen and Stage in Play Programs, Promoting Children’s Creativity", suggested a pedagogical model for dance instruction using screens, developed together with Renana Raz. In 2018 she lectured about this model to graduate students at Rutgers University in New Jersey and in 2019 she will be delivering two additional guest lectures, one at Rutgers University in New Jersey and the other at Hunter College in New York. Michal is currently writing a research thesis in the field of visual literacy, which deals with processes of independent and social learning and teaching of viral dance movements on the web, among children aged 8-12.

Michal is the head of the Dance Department at the Karev Educational Program since 2007. In her position she develops curriculum in dance and movement, and is responsible for the work and professional development of 300 teachers in the education system. She presents lectures and holds workshops, national conferences, dance meetings and unique projects. In 2000, she created a community master plan for dance in the community of Alfei Menashe, which she managed until 2007. As part of the plan, she established a dance major program at the junior high school, in which she taught modern dance and choreography, and led dance performances with the "Panim VeGuf" dance company yearly.

Over the years Michal taught composition and modern dance in various frameworks. She also danced and studied in New York at Dance Space and at Lemon School. In 2002, she became a national dance instructor in the Dance Supervision Department of the Ministry of Education and has held that position for 6 years. Michal is currently a member of the repertoire committee of ‘Sal Tarbut’, and is a faculty member at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance since 2014.

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