Squares and circles and lines, oh my! Join Yiddish dance leader ne plus ultra Steven Weintraub for a pre-Purim hoedown Barn-dance style, to the foot-stomping tune of klezmer melodies led by the Amy Zakar Fidl Kapelye (Amy Zakar, Aaron Alexander, Lily Henley, Duncan Wickel, violins; Ljova, viola; Lauren Brody, accordion; and Reuben Radding, bass.) Folk dance enthusiasts and beginners are welcome, and all klezmer fans encouraged to attend!
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.