Joyfully teaching and leading Yiddish dance at festivals and events internationally, Avia instills her workshops with a sense of tradition while exploring contemporary approaches to the style. An active part of the international Jewish artistic community, has also worked with Jewish festivals and cultural organizations around the world, including KlezKanada, The International Klezmer Festival in Fürth, The Ashkenaz Festival, Yiddish Summer Weimar, and The Jewish Community in St. Petersburg, Russia. Growing up in the folk arts scene of British Columbia, Canada, Avia completed her BA Honours in Drama at the University of Alberta, and her MA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England. She is the Creative Producer of the Kootenay Storytelling Festival.
Music will be led by Deborah Strauss, the wonderful violinist.