Movement & Text Study

Movement & 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 classes for non-dancers, we have many tools to engage all levels of audiences and students.

What kinds of text? 

Although Movement and Text study originated from the midrashic process of studying Torah, we apply our method to study texts not only from the Jewish tradition (including the Torah, the Prophets, the Writings, and even the Talmud), but also the New Testament, other sacred texts, all types of poetry and literature.

Who may interested in studying text and movement? 

We work with many populations including Synagogues: Children’s education (Pre-school upwards), Bar/Bat mitzvah aged students, social outreach committees and teens involved in service learning programs, and Shabbat programs for the entire congregation or special services such as

  • S’lichot
  • Rabbinical,cantorial,and seminary students
  • Interfaith worship groups
  • Students: Public and private school students (elementary and secondary);
  • College students (Theater and Dance, Literature and Poetry, Religion and Philosophy, and more)