Steven Lee Weintraub (USA; dance)

Born on Governors Island and Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, Steven Lee Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others. He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops around the world, including KlezKamp, KlezKanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris, London and Weimar, to name a few.

Much of his career has been creating and performing Jewish dance; he has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shulamite Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Israeli folkdance group Parparim , is assistant director of the annual Israeli Folk Dance Festival in NYC, performed as
half of the duo dance company Paller Rubenstein and Weintraub, and has choreographed a number of musicals in New York, Atlanta and Chicago as well a work in progress "A Kholem" and numerous short choreographed sketches at KlezKamp and KlezKanada, in preparation for a full length Yiddish dance project. Steven now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Photo: David Kaufman