LAPSON (Weinberg), DVORA (1907–1996). U.S. choreographer; an innovator who used Jewish folklore material in theatrical form. Lapson was première danseuse and choreographer of the Hebrew opera Pioneers by Jacob *Weinberg (1934) and also directed dances for Jewish Art Theater, New York. Her own repertoire included dances on biblical themes, ḥasidic ritual, and modern Jewish life. She directed pageants in New York high schools for the Jewish Culture Council and was the author of New Palestine Dances (1948) and Dances of the Jewish People (1954).
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