The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
Shlomo and Dina Bachar
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Information: Shlomo and Dina Bachar, teachers of Israeli dance.
Shlomo Bachar, born in Jerusalem and a fifth-generation Sabra, became involved in dance and drama at an early age. While in the Israeli army, he was in charge of an entertainment group that performed at the front lines. Shlomo became an actor and choreographer for the National Theater of Israel, Habimah. He attended a pantomime school in Tel Aviv, and later toured the United States, Europe, and Israel with Shai K. Ophir as pantomimist for the William Morris Agency.
After he came to the United States in the 1950s, he became the director-choreographer of the Hadarim Israeli Dance and Song Theater, which began performances in 1962. His Hadarim dance club featured weekly classes and open dancing in Los Angeles from 1969 through 1974. He also co-owned the Cafe Shalom dance club on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles through the 1980s. From the late 1970s through the early 1990s, Shlomo co-founded various dance camps on the east and west coasts, including Hora Shalom in Los Angeles and New York, and Dalia in New York.
In 2001, Shlomo joined other choreographers at the "50th Anniversary Gala Celebration of the Israel Folk Dance Festival, and the Israeli Folk Dance Movement in America" held at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.
He choreographed the Dibuk for the Pasadena Playhouse in California, and appeared in television and movies. He has choreographed nearly 400 dances.
Shlomo has been on the faculty of Stephen S. Wise Temple, Maarev Temple, Burbank Temple, Valley Beth Shalom, University of California, and Ambassador College. Twice a year he tours universities in New York and Florida.
Shlomo and his wife Dina have produced several fine recordings of Israeli dance music on the Hadarim label which are available from your local folk dance recording outlet.
Dances Shlomo has taught include Adon Haslichot, Ahavat Hadassah, Ahavat Hadassah II, Al Kol Eleh (Al Hadvash), Anachnu Nisharim Ba'aretz, Ani Li, Ani Vehasavta (Savta Banegev), Ani Zechariya (Zachariya Ben Ezra), Arbayim, At Yafa, Avivim, Avraham Avinu (Avraham Avinu), BaLayla Bachatsot, Bat Chen, Bat Yiftach, Be'ikvotayich, Belev Echad, Bein Nehar Prat, Buchara Hafaya, Chalomot, Cheil Parashim, Chiyuchim Baboker, Churshat Ha'ecalyptus, Daber Elay Bifrachim, Debka Ayil, Debka Gur, Debka Leyakir, Debka Magen, Debka Oz, Debka Pshuta, Debka Ra'am, Debka Tzlil, Debka Yaffo, Dror Yikra, Eich Pitom, Ein Adir, Ein Gedi, El Haor, Elef Neshikot, Eleh Chamda Libi, Eretz Ahuva, Eretz Eretz (Eretz), Erev Erev (Zug O Peret), Erev Shel Shoshanim (Yarus), Eshal Elohai, Hadarim, Ha'yafah Ba'nashim, Hafinjan, Hakol Beseder, Haktana Hismika (Tzipor Hayofi), HaLayla Bachatzot, Halel Haleluya, Halelu, Haleluyah II, Haleluya III, Harabbi Hameraked, Hashachar, Hashkediot, Ha'ud Sheli, Hayafa Banashim, Hayai, Hinach Yaffa, Hineh Lo Yanum, Hineh Ma Tov, Hitahavti Bezemer, Hora Cheffer, Hora Chemed, Hora Hadera, Hora Klila, Hora Medura, Hora Or, Hora Shalhevet, If I Had a Hammer, Ima, Israel Israel, Israeli Disco, Issmechu Hashamayim, Karen Or, Karen Shachar (Karen Ya'ar), Kesem Al Yam Kinneret, Ki Eshmera, Ki Rav Lehoshi'a, Kissufim, Kisvahti, Kol Mishehu, Kol Rina, Kolot Hashomron, Korim Lanu Lalechet, Kvar Acherey Chatzot, Lach Hashir, Lalechet Shevi Acharayich, Lama Lidog Hayom, Lama Lo Ra'iti, Lama Zeh Tivki, Lamenatze'ach, Lashir Itach, Layla Tov, Lean Noshevet Haruach, Lecha Dodi, Lecha Haleluya (Haleluya), Lemenatze'ach, Lo Amarta Li Davar, Ma Notzetz, Malibu, Malkat Haksamim, Mama Lo Raiti, Marlen, Mazalot, Misgav, Mishal, Muzika (Musica Nisheret), Naomi (Ani Cholem Al Naomi), Nigun Nigunim, Nostalgia, Numi Numi, Od Nagia, Odcha Ki Anitana, Odot Chava, Orka Yafati, Osher, Pizmon Haohavim, Rachel, Rakefet, Ranenu, Rikud Chassidi, Ronu Tzadimim, Rosh Haayin, Ru'ach Tsfonit, Sha'arey Dimah, Shabazi, Shalom Shabazi, Shalvat Ha'emek, Sham Hareh Golan, Shecharchoret, Shechunat Shabazi, Shiboleth Basadeh, Shir Aviv, Shir Hagalil, Shir Ha'shirim, Shir Ha'shirim Besha'ashuim, Shir Mismor, Shiru Le'adonay, Sisu V'Simchu, Sod Hamazalot (Mazalot), Sulam Ya'akov, Tamar, Tamid Ola Hamangina, Tashkif, Tel Aviv, T'fila, Tni Li Yad, Tnu Yadayim, Tza'adat Hasimcha, Tzadik Katamar, Tzama Tzama, Tzipor Nodedet, Tzur Mishelo, Veshuv Itchem, Yashkef Elohim, Yesh Li Gan, Yevarechecha, Yira Ami, Yisemchu Hasamayim, Zemer Chatanim, Zichronot, and Zorba.
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