Dance Groups - 2020 Festival

Avirah

Presidents: Jessica Morris and Adina Schwartz

Artistic Director: Hannah Weisman

Avirah is University of Maryland's Israeli Dance Troupe. Originally formed in the 1997 and revived in 2013, Avirah is now a strong performing group with diverse dance backgrounds. Avirah performs on campus, in the Greater Washington DC area, and at Israeli Dance Festivals along the East Coast. More information about Avirah can be found on their website

Hora Arayot - 5th Grade

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Lisah Bernstein

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s Lower School Israeli Dance program was created to develop a strong connection to k’lal Yisrael, the community of Israel and the Jewish people, and Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel in its students. Israeli dance is a powerful and joyful way for students to learn about Israeli culture and history and to develop community.

Kesem

​Artistic Director and Choreographer: Marnina Cowan

Kesem is the DC area Israeli dance troupe for 7th and 8th graders. Kesem was created to transition middle school students into Yesodot. Members of the group meet locally once a week to learn new dances and to share their growing love of Israeli folk dance.

Milton - Lehavot

Artistic Directors and Choreographers: Jennie Berger and Sherry Fox

The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital has developed an Israeli dance curriculum across all grades. The goals of the program include
exposure to various aspects of Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. This curriculum is in complete harmony with the school's mission and core values and is an example of the integration of the arts in Jewish education. Today the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders represent the more than 400 dancers at Milton with pride and joy.

Yesodot

​Artistic Directors: Mike Fox and Marnina Cowan

Yesodot, an Israeli dance troupe comprised of high school teenagers from the Washington, DC area, prides itself on its ability to share Jewish culture with Jews and non-Jews through the medium of folk dance. The performances help audiences understand more about the land of Israel and the diverse backgrounds of the Jewish people. The dancers perform at many religious schools, old-age homes, and local/national Jewish and multi-ethnic folk festivals in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Hora Arayot - 4th Grade

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Lisah Bernstein

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School’s Lower School Israeli Dance program was created to develop a strong connection to k’lal Yisrael, the community of Israel and the Jewish people, and Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel in its students. Israeli dance is a powerful and joyful way for students to learn about Israeli culture and history and to develop community.

Keff

​Artistic Director and Choreographer: Pepe Strauss

Keff is made up of dancers who have a wide-ranging history of
performance in Argentina, Israel and all over the United States. While some of our dancers have performed recently in the Washington and Boston Israeli Dance Festivals, for others this is the first time back on the stage after many years.

Mavrik

Director and Choreographer:

Abby Wolf

Mavrik is a women's Israeli dance troupe in Washington, DC Their style mixes traditional Israeli dance with a modern twist. In addition to the Israeli Dance Festival DC, Mavrik also performs in the Israel Folkdance Festival Boston. 

Milton - Orot

Artistic Directors and Choreographers: Marnina Cowan and Sherry Fox

The Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital has developed an Israeli dance curriculum across all grades. The goals of the program include
exposure to various aspects of Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. This curriculum is in complete harmony with the school's mission and core values and is an example of the integration of the arts in Jewish education. Today the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders represent the more than 400 dancers at Milton with pride and joy.

Zohar

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Missy Mandell

Temple Shalom is excited to have its performing group in the Israeli Dance Festival DC for its third year! The dancers in Zohar will light up the stage with their love of dancing and their smiles and are excited to share their dance with everyone!

Festival Mailing Address

Israeli Dance Festival DC

7067 Wolftree Lane

Rockville, MD 20852

 

Festival Performance Address

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy

13300 Arctic Ave.

Rockville, MD 20853

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Festival Harkada Address

B'nai Israel Congregation

6301 Montrose Rd Rockville, MD 20852

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