KLEZMER IN MONTANA
Montana Folk Festival, Butte
Klezmatics band with dance leader Steve Weintraub
Alicia Svigals, violinist, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost klezmer fiddler. Svigals has taught and toured with violinist Itzhak Perlman, who recorded her compositions; and was awarded first prize at the Safed, Israel international klezmer festival.
She will be joined at the Montana Folk Festival by dancer Steve Weintraub. Steve is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance, the dance to klezmer music. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops.
Steven delights in introducing people to the figures, steps and stylings of the dances that belong to Klezmer music. He has often been called the Pied Piper of Yiddish Dance; his years of experience leading and researching Yiddish dance allow him to weave dancers and music together in astonishing ways. Young and old, from all backgrounds, find it easy to share in the joy of Yiddish dancing.
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