Fred Berk

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Fred Berk (1911-1980) was long known as "Mr. Israeli Folk Dance" and "the Father of Israeli Folk Dance in America"[1].

A few of Fred's creations and when they first started, many of which continued for many years:

  • published 11 records of Israeli folk dance on the Tikva label (1962?)
  • edited the dance newsletter "Hora" (1962)
  • wrote and edited numerous books on Israeli folk dance, six of which are listed in Publications (1948)
  • founded the Jewish Dance Division at the 92nd Street Y (1951) [2]
  • created the annual Israel Folk Dance Festival in New York City held at Hunter College (1952), Carnegie Hall (1962), the Felt Forum (1970), Lincoln Center (1975)
  • started the first Israeli folk dance camp at Blue Star that was one week long, later expanded to two week-long sessions (1961)

There is a collection of over 270 letters, writings, books, etc in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center [3]

Fred and Katia Delakova became the first American dancers to perform in Eilat in 1949[4].


External Links

Fred Berk The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH).
Victory Dances, The Life of Fred Berk by Judith Brin Ingber