Klez Act

Story and Dance for a New Jewish Tradition
Klezmer Dance
Contra Dance
Square Dance
Family Storytelling
Old Country Stories
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Dances by Jacob
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Who is Jacob Bloom?
Contra dance
Jacob started contra dancing in 1974, and has been calling since 1977. He has combined his knowledge of Klezmer dance, which he learned as a teenager and at Klezmer music conventions, with skills developed as a leader of traditional New England dance. He has called evenings of contra dancing set to Klezmer music, as well as evenings of Klezmer and Israeli dance.
Dance for beginners
Jacob's two decades of dancing, choreography and dance calling let him choose dances that work for all participants. He has created and modified dances in both the New England and Klezmer traditions towards that purpose, and is particularly adept at helping groups of beginners enjoy themselves while dancing.
Writing and performing dances
Jacob has also been a Morris and sword dancer for over two decades, and has taught these English Ritual dance forms to adults and children. Jacob has toured in Europe with the English ritual dance team The Black Jokers, and the 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, published by the Country Dance and Song Society of America.
Contact Jacob Bloom & A Klez Act
We provide dance calling, storytelling and music for your group or event. We take commissions for dances, music and songs for weddings and other special occasions. E-mail Jacob Bloom and A Klez Act at jacob@aklezact.com.
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