Don Schillinger is a full-time Israeli dance instructor who leads weekly sessions for people of all skill levels. He teaches children in schools, synagogues, and camps and runs dancing for special events, Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and parties. He also travels to lead Israeli dance workshops.
Don has taught at such venues as Dance Washington, Keystone State, Tov Tours, Finally Philly, Hora Keff, Rikudia, and several JCC Camps. As a performer, Don has been seen in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
In 1997-98, Don received the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia Adult Cultural Grant. He also appeared on the WB-17's news program in June 2000 and on KDHX radio talk show in St. Louis, Missouri, in November 1996.
Among Don's articles and publications are
- "Artist's Hamsa Inspires New Israeli Folk Dance." Jewish Light, St. Louis, November 1996.
- "Dance Brings Generations Together." The Jewish Exponent, September 14 2000.
- "Dance Fever - More than Mayin in the Cherry." The Pharisee, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, November 1999.
- "How Two Men Found Community Through Israeli Dancing..." Community Voices, July 1999.
- "Taking Steps to Learn Israeli Dance Can Lead to Romance." Jewish Exponent, Philadelphia, May 1998.
- "Workshop to Focus on Israeli Dancing." Jewish Light, St. Louis, November 1995.
Dances Don has taught include Ahavat HaChayalim, Balada LaMa'ayan, Brachot Havdala, Boker, Chofshi Ume'ushar, Etz HaMishalot, Gvanim, LeSaper Lach Inyan, Shav Ani Elayich, Shir Lanu Shir, Taba, and Tfilati.