December 2013 Session Student, Emily Eigler, Performs on TV Show “The X-Factor: Israel”

Hod Hasharon, Israel, Dec 29, 2013: 17-year-old from Pacific Palisades, California, fulfills dream by performing on The X Factor – Israel, while on study-abroad program at Alexander Muss High School in Israel.

Emily Eigler (front, left) from Pacific Palisades, California, performed with local Israeli dance troupe on hit TV show The X Factor on December 29, 2013. (Courtesy).

“You don’t need to know the language to understand how to dance,” says talented 17 year-old Pacific Palisades High School senior, Emily Eigler, who performed on Saturday night on the popular talent tv show, The X Factor- Israel.

Emily, a student on the 8-week study abroad program at Alexander Muss High School in Israel, has been dancing since the age of 3. While in Israel, Emily is studying and living at the school’s campus dormitory in Hod Hasharon, 20 minutes out of Tel Aviv. She is in Israel together with a group of 33 fellow 10th, 11th and 12th graders who hail from high schools all around the US, including 8 in total from the state of California.

So as not to give up 2 months of dancing while she is away from home, conveniently, she was recently offered to dance at a dance studio owned by a family friend in the city of Raanana, just outside of Hod Hasharon.  Emily made quite an impression on people at the studio and shortly after was asked to be part of a special dance group which performed on Saturday night.

The troupe performed as back-up dancers to the all-singing, all-dancing boy band, “Fusion”, on the high-ratings Israeli version of the popular music contest, made famous in the UK by Simon Cowell and his unique brand of judging. Israeli supermodel and host, Bar Refaeli, is joined on the show’s panel by singers Ivri Lider, Moshe Peretz and Rami Fortis, all household names in Israel. The show has drawn a huge 1.1 million-strong audience since debuting in Israel in October.

“I can’t believe this has happened,” says Emily, still starry-eyed from her performance, “I never imagined that when I signed up for this 8-week trip, I would end up dancing on national TV in Israel for such a cool show, and meet so many awesome people!” Emily, who doesn’t speak Hebrew, said she had no problem catching on to the dance moves and making new friends with the locals.  "I’m so thankful to have danced and to have had such an amazing experience.“