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Watch These Japanese Students Take on Yiddish Dance

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Dancing is a joy, an act of intimacy, and an exercise in connecting mind and body — regardless of whether you’re doing it in a gym class, at a wedding, or just by yourself while listening to Billy Idol. (Been there?)

One dancer and researcher of Turkish and Jewish music is determined to teach Yiddish dance far and wide.

Dr. Walter Zev Feldman visited Japan this year with his wife, Dr. Judit Frigyesi, who is a writer, artist and professor of musicology at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University. The couple recently held a symposium — replete with a participatory demonstration — at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo on the topic of Jewish music, dance and prayer. Chitoshi Hinoue, a klezmer clarinetist, told The Forward: 

The session was meant as a reception for Dr. Feldman but by the end, everyone was dancing together. I saw people discovering the similarities between Jewish and Japanese culture through the richness and complexity of Jewish dance.

See the students in action right here:

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