Dance Groups - 2018 Festival


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-im Yeladim

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Jennie Berger

Hora-im Yeladim provides children and parents, who currently or have previously performed in the DC area, with the opportunity to dance together. Making their debut at the 2018 Festival, these seven families celebrate the bond that dancing can create between parents, children and siblings.

Milton 5th and 6th Grade Dance Chug

Artistic Directors and Choreographers: Jennie Berger and Sherry Fox

Since 2006, the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital has developed an  Israeli dance curriculum across the grades. The goals of the program includes exposure to various aspects of Israeli culture and Jewish heritage. Today the fifth and sixth graders represent the 270 dancers at JPDS-NC with pride and joy.

Hora Arayot

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Lisah Bernstein

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS) has been happy to expand its lower school Israeli dance curriculum this year. The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders performing chose to devote extra time over the course of the year learning.


​Artistic Director and Choreographer: Marnina Cowan

Kesem (Magic) is the  DC area Israeli Dance Troupe for 7th and 8th graders. Kesem was created to transition middle schoolers into Yesodot.  Members of the group meet locally once a week to learn new dances and to share their growing love of Israeli Folk Dancing.


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. 


​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.


Artistic Director and Choreographer: Missy Mandell

Temple Shalom is excited to have its first ever performing group in the the DC Israeli Dance Festival! 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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