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A Hanukkah Dance Party! w/ Charm City Klezmer & Klezcentricity

A Hanukkah Dance Party! w/ Charm City Klezmer & Klezcentricity

Event Type: music/performance, Jewish Interest, dance party

Sat Dec 8 8pm
$16, $11 CA & JCC mbrs. General Public tickets › Members tickets ›

Overview

Overview A Hanukkah Dance Party! w/ Charm City Klezmer & Klezcentricity

Traditional and not-so-traditional klezmer music makes for a fab party! Baltimore faves Charm City Klezmer, led by husband-wife team Michael Raitzyk (amazing jazz guitar!) and vocalist/keyboardist Judith Geller can play it like they did in the shtetl or funk it up to a James Brown level. Special guest Rebekah Rose Raitzyk-Geller, age eight, will be joining her parents' band on violin. David Julian Gray, one of the groundbreakers in the Klezmer revival, opens with his DC trio Klezcentricity. Ever heard Chuck Berry go klezmer? JUST ADDED: nationally renowned Traditional Jewish Dance Master Steven Lee Weintraub will lead dances all night! Wear your dancing shoes! 8pm. $16, $11 CA & JCC mbrs. JCC members please present your card at the door or order advance by phone or at CA box office.

Check out how accomplished Dance Master Weintraub is!

Steven Lee Weintraub is a Traditional Jewish Dance Master, a rare breed of dancer, teacher, choreographer and dance leader specializing in traditional Eastern European Jewish dance. Henry Sapoznik (Yiddish Radio Project, Klezkamp) calls him “The best Yiddish dance teacher around.”

Steve has studied with Alvin Ailey and choreographed for the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theater. He recreates "Shtetl Weddings," has a one-man, storytelling show on Jewish cultural history, and comes all the way from Chicago to lead the dancing at our Klezmer Party!

Come EARLY for easier parking & have a fab dinner at Clementine at Creative Alliance! Kitchen open: Thu 5-10pm, Fri & Sat 5-11pm, bar till midnight. Sun brunch 10am-3pm. Reservations at 410-276-1651 ext. 202 or cristin@bmoreclementine.com.

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Steven Lee Weintraub, Traditional Jewish Dance Master, came up from Atlanta and now lives in Chicago. A choreographer, performer and teacher, Steve is one of only three dancers specializing in traditional Eastern European Jewish dance. Henry Sapoznik (Yiddish Radio Project, Klezkamp) calls him "the best Yiddish dance teacher around". Steve moved to Chicago this year (2003) and joined the staff of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band as a performer and dance leader.

Steve received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shula Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He choreographed a production for the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theater, and has choreographed and performed dances based on Jewish themes including the annual Workman's Circle Third Seder in New York. In Atlanta, he choreographed Kuni Leml for the Jewish Theater of the South and Something's Afoot for Georgia Ensemble Theater. 

He has been on the faculty of KlezKamp for the past 5 years and has taught at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. He has also given Yiddish dance workshops in Winnipeg, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. Steve also lectures on the history of Jewish dance, recreates "Shtetl Weddings," and leads dancing at real weddings. He also presents Jewish Folktales and Dances, a one-man show of storytelling; A History of Dance in Jewish Culture, a lecture series covering Jewish history from the Bible to the present.

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