The Oxford Handbook of Jewishness and Dance
Edited by Naomi M. Jackson, Rebecca Pappas, and Toni Shapiro-Phim
Naomi M. Jackson is Associate Professor in the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She is author or co-editor of Dance, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Dignity in Motion, Right to Dance: Dancing for Rights, and Converging Movements: Modern Dance and Jewish Culture at the 92nd Street Y.
Rebecca Pappas is Assistant Professor of Dance at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and Guest Faculty in the Masters in Social Practice Art at University of Indianapolis. She choreographs dances that address the body as an archive for personal and social memory. Her work has toured nationally and internationally, and she has received residencies from Yaddo and Djerassi, and funding from the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Indiana Arts Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, The Clorox Foundation, and Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME).
Toni Shapiro-Phim is Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University. She is a cultural anthropologist and dance ethnologist whose research, writing, community work, and teaching focus on the history and cultural contexts of the arts in discrete regions of the world, particularly in relation to violence, genocide, migration and refugees, conflict transformation, and gender concerns. Her first documentary film, Because of the War, premiered in 2018.
Hadar Ahuvia is a choreographer, performer, Jewish educator, and organizer living in Brooklyn/Lenapehoking.
Ninotchka D. Bennahum is Professor of Theater and Dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Miriam Roskin Berger, a dance therapy pioneer since 1958, is a past president and charter member of the American Dance Therapy Association. She has taught at New York University since 1975.
Liora Bing-Heidecker is a dance researcher, poet, and translator. She is a former dance educator and board member of several cultural committees in Israel.
Judith Chazin-Bennahum is Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of New Mexico. She was Principal Soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company when Antony Tudor was Artistic Director and is the author of seven books on dance.
Johanna Climenko, the Director of the Center for Reichian Energetic Therapy in New York City, has been a dance therapist since 1968.
Ze'eva Cohen is a renowned Israeli/American dancer and choreographer. She is Professor Emerita from Princeton University, where she was founder and head of the dance program for forty years.
Dege Feder is a choreographer, dancer, artistic director, and musician based in Israel. She danced solo parts in Eskesta dance troupe and was among the founding dancers of Beta Dance Troupe. She has served as Beta's artistic director and choreographer since 2013.
Jill Gellerman is a dance ethnographer. Her research on Hasidic dance has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Joel Gereboff is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He has served as department chair and faculty head of Religious Studies and was the cofounder of Jewish Studies at ASU.
K. Meira Goldberg is a 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.
Laure Guilbert is a French historian and the former editor of dance books at the Paris National Opera. She is the author of Danser avec le Troisième Reich (2000, 2011).
Joanna Gewertz Harris is a dance teacher, historian, and lecturer. She holds a PhD from UC-Berkeley and is the author of Beyond Isadora: Bay Area Dancing 1915-1965.
Yehuda Hyman is a dancer, choreographer, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. He holds an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College.
Naomi Jackson is Associate Professor of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and an Affiliate of the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University.
Marsha Perlmutter Kalina, a clinical psychologist, has been a dance/movement therapist since 1974. She has a private practice on Long Island.
Marion Kant is a musicologist and dance historian. She works on how ideologies and philosophies shape dance and movement cultures, on Nazism, anti-fascist exile, modernity, and the ongoing secularization process.
Hannah Kosstrin is Associate Professor in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University and affiliate faculty with the OSU Melton Center for Jewish Studies and Slavic Center.
Eileen Levinson is Founder & Creative Director of Custom & Craft (www.customandcraf.org), a design studio using technology, art, and media to imagine new, inclusive formats engaging with community traditions and rituals.
Victoria Marks is an award-winning choreographer and Professor at UCLA.
Adam W. McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and activist. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas Christian University, and co-director of DNAWORKS.
Melissa Melpignano is Lecturer and Interim Dance Director at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Suzanne Miller is the company director of Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions, and a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in Montreal, Canada.
Avia Moore is an artist, producer, scholar, and Yiddish dance leader. She is a PhD Candidate in Theatre and Performance Studies at York University, Canada.
Efrat Nehama is an Israeli choreographer and poet, holding an MFA from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She works to strengthen the connections between Jewish thought and contemporary culture.
Gdalit Neuman is a PhD candidate in Dance Studies at York University in Toronto. She has taught ballet and pedagogy at York University and Canada's National Ballet School.
Rebecca Pappas is a choreographer and scholar whose work has toured nationally and internationally. She is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Talia Perlshtein is a dance educator and researcher. She is one of the founders and head of the Dance Department at "Orot Israel" - Academic-Religious College of Education.
Meghan Quinlan is an independent scholar with a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside.
Dina Roginsky is a faculty member in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University.
Douglas Rosenberg is the founding director of the Conney Project on Jewish Arts.
Rebecca Rossen is Associate Professor in the Performance as Public Practice Program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin.
Rachel Sagee is Senior Researcher at the Research, Evaluation and Development Authority at Levinsky College of Education, Israel.
Joshua Schmidt is a cultural anthropologist and a visiting scholar in the Department of Geography, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on community evolution and transformation in the Negev.
Hannah Schwadron is Associate Professor of Dance at Florida State University where she teaches critical dance studies and performance.
Toni Shapiro-Phim is Associate Professor of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation, and Assistant Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts at Brandeis University.
Dana Shalev holds an MA degree in Cultural Studies from Tel-Aviv University and works as the dance critic for Erev-Rav art magazine.
Alexx Shilling is a performer, choreographer, and filmmaker who teaches at Cal State Long Beach and Loyola Marymount University.
Nina S. Spiegel is Rabbi Joshua Stampfer Associate Professor of Israel Studies at Portland State University.
Philip Szporer is a Montréal-based dance writer, filmmaker, and lecturer. He co-directs Mouvement Perpétuel, an independent film-video-new media company, and teaches at Concordia University's departments of Contemporary Dance and Diversity-Sustainability.
Reuven Tabull is a writer and educator. He is head of the 'Shuva' seminar and head of the literature specialization course at "Orot Israel" - Academic-Religious College of Education, Israel.
Steven Lee Weintraub is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance to klezmer music.
Christi Jay Wells is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Arizona State University's School of Music, Dance and Theatre, and affiliate faculty with ASU's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
Jesse Zaritt is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. He is Associate Professor of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.