Yiddish Dance Action Network
In 2007, a group of
people, interested in Yiddish dance met in New York for a Yiddish Dance
Research Symposium: “Defining Yiddish
Dance: Secular, Sacred, Borrowed
and Transformed” presented by the Center for Traditional Music and Dance
and New York University’s Department of Performance Studies. As a
result of this meeting, the Yiddish Dance Action Network was
Initially, the group communicated within a Wiki, but as time went on,
the communication method changed to group emails. In December of
2014, the Wiki was disbanded due to lack of use. This page
summarizes the items that were included in the wiki. For further
information, contact Helen Winkler
Purpose of the Yiddish Dance Action Network Wiki:
The Wiki was created by Ari Davidow, to allow Network members to share information on field research, documentation as well as help promote Yiddish Dance worldwide.
Minutes (courtesy of Judith Brin Ingber) of the initial meeting of the of the
Yiddish Dance Action Network on December 10, 2007 can be provided upon request
to group members.
Contact Helen Winkler
Ari Davidow's write-up of the Yiddish Research
Symposium is online .
Ari has also posted pictures of that event on flickr.com. If you have pictures to add, upload them and use the tag "yiddance2007
Similarly, If group members would like copies of
the internal discussions that took place within the Yiddishdance Action Network
Wiki, please contact Helen Winkler
Here is the edited Press Release that you can distribute to different groups/publications/websites. (Helen Winkler)
The press release can be particularly useful to ask that people send in old home video with footage of Yiddish Dance.
zamPress Release final.rtf
Hebrew press release.doc
Here is a zamler announcement in Yiddish and English regarding the sher, translated by Seymour Shenkman
sher announcement zamler.rtf
Additional Documents and Links
Itzik Gottesman wrote this report about the Yiddish Dance Research Symposium in the Yiddish Forverts, of December 21, 2007:
Also from the Forward:
"To Dance or Not to Dance" an article about
Interview with MT,
MT's Hora compiled by Helen Winkler
Encyclopedia contains a section about
including sections about Traditional Dance, written by Zev Feldman and
Theatrical Dance by Judith Brin Ingber.
More Yiddish Dance