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Yiddish Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY, Feb 17, 2008

Come dance away the cold days of winter & delight to a klezmer concert on President’s Day weekend in beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY at the annual Dance Flurry! www.danceflurry.org/festival. Flurry events include:

  • Yiddish Dance lead by Avia Moore with music by di bostoner klezmer on Sunday, February 17th from 11:30 A.M.-12:45 P.M. as well as dances and dance workshops in Contra, Swing, Latin, Zydeco, Waltzes, Texas Two-Step, Salsa, etc.
  • a klezmer music concert on Sunday by di bostoner klezmer on Sunday, February 17th from 3:30 to 4:30 We will charm you with original compositions, tangos, waltzes, and good old danceable bulgars & freylekhs … as well as a host of other concerts, music workshops, and open jamming
  • Classes—including a wind styles class co-taught by Brian Bender and Dena Ressler with three other musicians on Sunday from 10-11 A.M. and an accordion styles workshop the same day co-taught by Barry Shapiro with six! others from 1:30-2:45 P.M.

Tickets: Buy discounted full-festival tickets on-line (save $15) before 1/28 or just for one day (at-door tickets never sell out; no reservations are required)

Sunday: the day of the Yiddish music and dance happens—runs from 9 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Cost is $25 students and seniors, $30 other adults, and $3 kids.

Dance leader Avia Moore has danced and taught alongside many of the world's foremost Yiddish dance teachers/leaders. Avia studied Yiddish dance with Michael Alpert and Zev Feldman—pioneering figures of the klezmer revival and leading researchers of Yiddish dance—and now co-teaches with them at KlezKanada. Avia is the founder and artistic director of Burnt Wine, a theatre company dedicated to exploring cultural themes in a postmodern setting. A graduate of the Drama Honors program at the University of Alberta, Avia will be an MA student at Dartington College of Arts (Devon, England) in 2008. She can currently be found in Montreal working as the Administrative Director for KlezKanada.

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Brian Bender, trombonist, keyboardist, melodica player and composer. Brian has performed klezmer music at Carnegie Hall, the Presidential Inauguration of Bill Clinton, and in Israel, Alaska and Egypt. A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, he was a popular instructor at KlezKamp for many years, and is a much-sought-after performer. He heads his own jazz ensemble and plays regularly with world music, Celtic, contradance and Dixieland bands.

Dena Ressler, co-founder, clarinetist, and bandleader, Dena has taught at KlezKamp, at the summer Klezmer Institute at the New England Conservatory of Music and a klezmer history seminar at the Conference for Rurual Jews in New England. She has had fun playing with klezmer luminaries like Michael Alpert, Frank London, Deborah Strauss, and David Licht.

sitting in with us is Barry Shapiro, accordionist, pianist. Barry was a founding member of the world-famous Klezmer Conservatory Band, and of the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra. A graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, Barry has performed with Theodore Bikel, and Isachor Maron (author of "Tzena").

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