(1911 - 1975)
Sarah Levy-Tanai was born in Jerusalem to Yemenite parents. Orphaned at a young age, she grew up in institutions and trained to be a kindergarten teacher. Her work with children extended to performing in children's theater and composing children's verse. She also composed well-known songs, including Kol Dodi (My Loves Voice) and El Ginot Egoz (To the Nut Tree Groves).
In 1949, Levy-Tanai founded the Inbal Dance Troupe
which was primarily Yemenite in choreography and
in style. Inbal was highly successful as a performing
group, and attracted the attention of many choreographers,
including Jerome Robbins. Levy-Tanai received many
prizes for her work with Inbal, as well as the Israel
Prize in 1973 for her contribution to dance in Israel.
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