Judith Brin Ingber

Judith Brin Ingber has concentrated her life work on Jewish dance as a practitioner and research/writer on the subject, co-founding the dance and music troupe, Voices of Sepharad, in 1987 and working for the Batsheva/Bat Dor Dance Society and Inbal Dance Theater in Israel from 1972 to 1977. She co-founded the Israel Dance Annual Magazine and edited the dance issue of Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review 2000. Her articles appear in encyclopedias and journals, including Dance Perspectives and The International Dance Encyclopedia. She has taught on the Theater Arts and Dance faculty at University of Minnesota and was a Faber Fellow at Princeton University.

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Sulamif Messerer

Sulamif Messerer was an influential ballerina who taught a generation of dancers globally. After swimming in the 1928 Soviet Olympiada, she became a prima ballerina in the Bolshoi Ballet Company. She had a long dance career and then became a renowned teacher in Russia, Japan, New York, and London.

Modern Dance Performance in the United States

Jewish immigrants to the New World brought with them their ritual and celebratory Jewish dances, but these traditional forms of Jewish dance waned in the United States. Working-class and poor Jewish immigrants parents sought out culture and education in the arts for their children, often as a vehicle for assimilation. Jewish women were particularly attracted to the field of modern dance.

Yardena Cohen

Incorporating biblical themes and Sephardic music into her dances, Yardena Cohen helped create a uniquely Israeli artistic culture. Cohen opened her Haifa dance studio in 1933 and maintained it for some seventy years, stressing creative dance. She continued to teach well into her nineties and in 2010 was awarded the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

Yehudit Arnon

After surviving the Holocaust and immigrating to Palestine, Yehudit Arnon played an influential role in shaping modern dance in Israel. In 1948 Arnon and her husband helped to smuggle more than 100 orphaned children to Palestine and settled in Kibbutz Ga'aton, where she founded the  Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. 

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Judith Brin Ingber." (Viewed on May 14, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/ingber-judith>.

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