Yiddish Dance: A Lost Art

Klezmer has enjoyed a significant revival in the past few decades, but for a variety of reasons, the Yiddish dance tradition has been largely ignored.

An upcoming symposium, Defining Yiddish Dance: Secular, Sacred, Borrowed and Transformed, seeks to draw attention to this nearly forgotten art. The event includes a series of lectures on the history and genres of Yiddish dance, and a dance party with live klezmer music and leading dancers from around North America.

The symposium is presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance and by New York University’s department of performance studies. Events are held at various locations. Call for further information.

Yiddish Dance Symposium at New York University; Dec. 9-10; lectures: $10, $5 for students; dance party: $10; registration required. (212-571-1555, ext. 36)

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