Orly Star Setareh started dancing at the age of 5. With over 24 years of teaching experience, instructing children and adults of all ages throughout the Los Angeles and the Valley areas, Orly instills a dance program that promotes a passion for Israel and inspires a love of learning. Her charismatic, welcoming nature immediately captivates new dancers and sparks a needed connection to our Jewish community. She infuses a fresh, young & current vibe into every teaching lesson while maintaining the importance of a healthy lifestyle and tradition.
She understands that every dancer has a special role in completing our circle. That we hold hands not only in times of celebration but in times of lifting each other up in embrace & support. As Dani Dassa would explain: “We are praying through our feet”. Orly has learned from and assisted David Dassa in running the most popular Israeli Dance session in America. She inherited his Wednesday night legacy in June of 2015. She plays a variety of old and new Israeli dances of all decades in her weekly session containing partner, circle and line dances. She believes in connecting all generations through the arts, le-dor va-dor, dancing the same steps in unity.
Orly has choreographed some of the most popular Israeli dances that are done all over the world. She introduced hip hop to the world of Israeli dance as a draw for the younger generation to participate. Inspiring and encouraging the teens is the only way to continue our culture through dance! To make it not only survive but thrive and make the dance floor a place they can return to at any age. Orly has taught at several Israeli dance camps and co-directs her own dance weekend called “Camp SheLAnu” with Jason Goldman every President’s Day Weekend at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus.
She has been the dance director at several private Jewish schools and synagogues including Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School, Ilan Ramon, Temple Israel of Hollywood, and Valley Beth Shalom. She was David Dassa’s dance assistant at Camp Alonim in the summers for 5 years then moved to create a dance program as the dance director at Gindling Hilltop Camp for 14 years and is now back at Camp Alonim as Dance Director for her fifth year. She was also the Israeli dance specialist at Milken Community Middle School for 12 years and she was rehearsal director for the Los Angeles Israeli Dance Company for ten years.
Orly is referred to as the heartbeat of the Israeli dance community. She aims to entertain with her endless warmth and talent! She leads a thrilling Dance with Orly session on Wednesday nights in Los Angeles at Adat Shalom. Her dances include Hafinali, Suddenly, Tutim, Toro, Danza, Halaila Zeh Hazman, Tizkor, Todo Es La Musica, Fata Morgana, Hinach Yafa, Baraye, At Bali Tov, Kvish HaChof, Kapara, Imperia, and more. Orly exudes an electrifying energy that is both contagious and unparalleled!