So much of Yiddish Dance (dancing to klezmer music) is associated with large groups of people in holding hand in circles and other formations. With social distancing being the prudent thing to do, now is an excellent opportunity to focus on personal style and the many ways of solo dancing to klezmer music, which is also very traditional. Using an etudes approach, we will learn to recognize the various klezmer rhythms and rthe movement vocabulary appropriate to each. We will also get to practice some moves that are associated with group dances, like the sher (a kind of square dance).
Steve is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance, the dance to klezmer music.
Born on Governor’s Island, Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, and living now in Philadelphia, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris and London to name a few. Steven delights in introducing people to the figures, steps and stylings of the dances that belong to Klezmer music. He has often been called the “Pied Piper of Yiddish Dance”; his years of experience leading and researching Yiddish dance allow him to quickly weave dancers and music together in astonishing ways. Young and old, from all backgrounds, find it easy to share in the joy of Yiddish dancing.