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Gaby Aldor

Gaby Aldor, a dance critic, journalist and writer, lectures extensively about Israeli dance in Israel and abroad. She has published in France, the US and Germany, and is the writer of the entries on Israeli dance in the Larousse Dictionnaire de la Dance. She teaches in the Seminar Hakibbutzim Dance and Theater department. She is a co- founder of the Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa, where she also directs and acts.

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Yehudit Ornstein

Dancer and choreographer Yehudit Ornstein followed her mother, Israeli dance pioneer Margalit Ornstein, in expanding Israeli modern and folk dance. Known for her dance duo with her twin sister, Ornstein was a prolific choreographer and dance teacher and was among the founders of the Dancers Union.

Shoshana Ornstein

After emigrating to Palestine with her mother and twin sister at the age of ten, the Ornstein sisters formed a celebrated dancing duo. In addition to years of performing dances in the style of German “Free Dance” and influenced by her pioneer status in Erez Israel, she taught for sixty years at the Ornstein Studio in Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s most prominent schools.

Margalit Ornstein

Choreographer and dance teacher Margalit Ornstein is perceived as the “founding mother” of Israeli dance and a pioneer of modern dance in Erez Israel. In 1922, she founded the first Israeli dance school in Tel Aviv and helped create two important dance theaters in the 1920s.

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