A Klez Act - Klezmer, Contra and Square Dance

Web Name: A Klez Act - Klezmer, Contra and Square Dance

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Klez Act

Story and Dance for a New Jewish Tradition
HomeKlezmer DanceContra DanceSquare DanceFamily StorytellingOld Country StoriesWho is Jacob Bloom?What people sayDance PhotosSongs by JacobDances by Jacobsongs to orderDances to orderMummer's PlayPrint This SiteE-mail Jacob BloomContact A Klez Act
A Klez Act web site
Text by Jacob Bloom
Web site design, editing, code by Rachael Stark
Photography, image editing by Chris Cirker
A Klez Act web site
Rachael Stark © 1999
Music and dance for everyone
Jacob Bloom of A Klez Act leads Klezmer dancing, New Englanddancing, Contra dancing and Square dancing. He also tells stories andwrites songs. Jacob will come to your school, synagogue, church, library,wedding, community group, party, or anywhere you need great music, stories,or dance. Contact Jacob Bloom and A Klez Act at jacob@aklezact.com. Available on this site are descriptions of some of the Contra dances and Morris dances written by Jacob Bloom, a description of a Klezmer dance that Jacob collected in 1968, songs Jacob has written, a script for a Mummer's Play, as well as descriptions of the programs Jacob performs. Please browse through the site and let us know what you think. We'd like to hear from you!What is Klezmer dancing?Klezmer music is a musical tradition which dates back several centuries inEastern and Central Europe. Jewish immigrants brought it to this country,where it was influenced by jazz, and influenced the styles of jazzmusicians such as Benny Goodman. After nearly disappearing, Klezmer musicwas rediscovered by a new generation of musicians in the 1970's and is nowbeing enjoyed by people of many ages, religions, and ethnic backgrounds.Dance was a vibrant and important part of this tradition. Many Klezmertunes were written specifically for group dances such as the Freylach andBulgar, couple dances such as the Korobushka, and a square dance called theSher. Jacob is very excited by the opportunity to bring this world ofmusic and dance to the 21st Century American public.What is Contra dancing?New England Country Dancing, also known as contra and square dancing, hasbeen danced in New England town halls and grange halls without a breaksince the seventeenth century. Since the 1960's it has enjoyed a revival,and is now done around the world.Who is Jacob Bloom?Jacob started contra dancing in 1974, and has been calling since 1977. Hehas combined his knowledge of Klezmer dance, which he learned as ateenager and at Klezmer music conventions, with skills developed as aleader of traditional New England dance. He has called evenings of contradancing set to Klezmer music, as well as evenings of Klezmer and Israelidance.Dance for beginnersJacob's two decades of dancing, choreography and dance calling lethim choose dances that work for all participants. He has created andmodified dances in both the New England and Klezmer traditions towards thatpurpose, and is particularly adept at helping groups of beginners enjoythemselves while dancing.Writing and performing danceJacob has also been a Morris and sword dancer for over two decades, and hastaught these English Ritual dance forms to adults and children. Jacob hastoured in Europe with the English ritual dance team The Black Jokers, andthe New England dance performance group The Green Mountain Volunteers.Dances Jacob has composed have been included in the books Zesty Contras,published by the New England Folk Festival Association, and Gems, publishedby the Country Dance and Song Society of America.Contact Jacob Bloom & A Klez ActWe provide dance calling, storytelling and musicfor your group or event.We take commissions for dances, music and songs forweddings and other special occasions. E-mail Jacob Bloom and A Klez Act at jacob@aklezact.com.
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