Celebrating Jewishness and Dance

public event

March 6 

Join us in celebrating the publication of The Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and DanceThis groundbreaking new book from Oxford University Press documents and celebrates the significant impact of Jewish identity on the dance world. Focusing on North America, Europe, and Israel in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Handbook highlights the sometimes surprising, often hidden and overlooked Jewish resonances within a range of styles from modern and postmodern dance to folk dance and flamenco. 

During this session you will hear from the editors and several contributors to the Handbook as they explore the powerful convergence of dance with Jewish culture and identity from diverse perspectives. 



in order of program appearance

Naomi M. Jackson
Professor of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (School of Music Dance and Theatre), and a faculty affiliate of ASU Jewish Studies.

Liz Lerman
Award-winning choreographer, writer, educator, and speaker, Institute Professor at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, and faculty affiliate of ASU Jewish Studies.

Rebecca Pappas
Choreographer and scholar whose work has toured nationally and internationally. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Adam W. McKinney
Dancer, choreographer, educator, and activist. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University, and co-director of DNAWORKS.

Joel Gereboff
Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He has served as department chair and faculty head of Religious Studies, is a faculty affiliate and co­founder of ASU Jewish Studies.

Jill Gellerman
Dance ethnographer. Her research on Hasidic dance has been sup­ported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.

Toni Shapiro-Phim
Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University.

K. Meira Goldberg
Flamenco dancer, choreographer and scholar. She teaches at Fashion Institute of Technology, and is Scholar-in-Residence at the Foundation for Iberian Music, CUNY Graduate Center.

Ze’eva Cohen
Renowned Israeli/American dancer and choreographer. She is Professor Emerita at Princeton University, where she was founder and head of the dance program for forty years.

Hannah Schwadron
Associate Professor of Dance at Florida State University where she teaches critical dance studies and performance.

Victoria Marks
Award-winning choreographer and professor at UCLA.


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