is a teacher, choreographer, and performer of Jewish dance, particularly Yiddish dance, the dance to klezmer music.
Born on Governor's Island and Bar Mitzvahed in the Bronx, Steven Lee
Weintraub received his dance training in Manhattan with Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins, among others.
Much of his career has been creating and performing Jewish dance; he has worked with choreographers Felix Fibich and Shula Kivel, and has performed the work of Fred Berk. He also choreographed a production for the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theater, and created a company of Bottle Dancers. He was a principal dancer and choreographer with the Israeli folkdance group Parparim and was assistant director of the annual Israel Folk Dance Festival. He currently works as dance leader and performer with Maxwell St. Klezmer Band in Chicago, and r collaborated with Kapelye on a cd of music especially for dancing, HOPKELE.
He is in international demand as a teacher of traditional Yiddish dance at festivals and workshops including Klezkamp, Klezkanada, and festivals in Krakow, Furth, Paris and London to name a few. Steven delights in introducing people to the figures, steps and stylings of the dances that belong to Klezmer music. He has often been called the “Pied Piper of Yiddish Dance”; his years of experience leading and researching Yiddish dance allow him to quickly weave dancers and music together in astonishing ways. Young and old, from all backgrounds, find it easy to share in the joy of Yiddish dancing.