Corinne Chochem

Corinne Chochem helped popularize Israeli folk dance as a choreographer, dance teacher, and the driving force behind albums of folk-dancing music. Chochem immigrated to the US with her family in 1920 and taught Hebrew and dance at a Montessori school in Newark, New Jersey. In 1930 she travelled to Israel, where she worked on a kibbutz and researched folk dance. On her return to the US, she studied under some of the foremost dance teachers before creating the Rikud Ami dance troupe. Chochem published two books, Palestine Dances in 1941 and Jewish Holiday Dances in 1948, and was the first in America to record albums of music for Israeli folk dancing, including notes with each recording on how to execute the dances. She taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary, the University of California, and Cornell. In 1953 she settled in Los Angeles and focused on teaching dance to children. After the death of her husband in 1967, she turned to painting, exhibiting her work in Los Angeles and New York.


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Front cover matter of "Corinne Chochem's Collection of Palestine Dances and Songs."

From Ernst Toch Papers, UCLA Library Special Collections, Performing Arts.

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