Mission: Avodah Dance is a New York City based non-profit 501(c) (3) modern dance company that has at the core of its mission the idea of a Jewish and universal value, Tikkun Olam, which means to “repair the world.” Using dance as a tool for social change, Avodah Dance brings the art of dance to diverse populations with the goal of uplifting individuals and building community. Avodah Dance offers residencies, workshops, and performances in women’s...
What is MOVEMENT AND TEXT STUDY? Avodah engages ancient texts from a current perspective by integrating these texts into movement exercises. Each Movement and Text study session (also known as Dance Midrash) includes a focus on a specific text, group and individual movement explorations that help to illuminate the text, and improvisation to further one’s understanding and personal experience of the text. With our many years of experience leading movement...
Why support Avodah Dance? When supporting Avodah Dance, you support the power of art to exist in places where it is considered uncommon. We recognize that although we can make change on a small scale or individual level, we consider our efforts as “one drop in the bucket”; part of a larger global effort that supports creative freedom and expression. Helping us to continue these efforts is advocating for meaningful artistic experiences, human...
Dance in prison: One of our most profound collaborations has been with women in prison. Since 2002, Avodah has led annual week-long residencies and workshops in women’s correctional institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, and New York. During the residencies, Avodah staff teaches basic modern dance technique, choreography and improvisation, while offering an outlet for creative expression through class processes and performances. During these residencies,...
Artistic Director: Julie Gayer Kris Outreach and Development Assistant: Meredith-Lyn Avey Musician: Newman Taylor Baker Dancers: Sarah Zitnay Meredith-Lyn Avey Leah Ives Melissa Brading Collaborators: Regina Ress, storyteller Jon Can Coskunes, costumes Cory Antiel, video Magdalen Pierrakos, costumes, set and stage design Alon Nechustan, music Lindsay Lee, dancer Leah Thorn, poet/spoken word artist Michael George,...
Dance is not limited to a certain style or technique.Dance is the birthright of all human beings. If you can breathe, you can dance!
Artistic Director: Julie Gayer Kris
Outreach and Development Assistant: Meredith-Lyn Avey
Musician: Newman Taylor Baker
Regina Ress, storyteller
Jon Can Coskunes, costumes
Cory Antiel, video
Magdalen Pierrakos, costumes, set and stage design
Alon Nechustan, music
Lindsay Lee, dancer
Leah Thorn, poet/spoken word artist
Michael George, photographerLearn More
Avodah Dance will be conducting their 3rd annual residency at Bedford Hills Correctional Institute for Women this coming summer. Look out for our newsletter and future updates about performances that will include the collaborative work we made with the women at Bedford Hills. Please sign up for our newsletter (if you have not already) to receive updates on our work!Learn More