Machol Houston to Host International Dancer for Israeli Dance Workshop


Members of Machol Houston participate in weekly Israeli folk dances at Beth Yeshurun.

Machol Houston, a group of budding enthusiasts and their teacher (per Zoom), Marcelo Marianoff, meet weekly at the Beth Yeshurun ​​Synagogue to learn Israeli folk dances. The group meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. No prior experience is necessary for this fun, lively, aerobic dance.

Norma Szub founded Machol Houston, which began meeting at her home in September 2021.

“Our goal is to conserve and preserve Jewish culture and traditions through dance and music, to expose more of the Houston community to Jewish culture, and more specifically, to learn and practice Israeli folk dance – machol,” Szub said.

As the class size grew, Machol Houston moved into a space at Congregation Brith Shalom. COVID prompted the group to return to Szub’s home. Since March of this year, they have moved to a bigger space in Beth Yeshurun.

Marianoff is an Israeli dance teacher and workshop leader from Argentina. He is also a stage choreographer and teaches worldwide at festivals, camps and workshops. He brings his drive, knowledge, energy and experience to Machol Houston.

Marianoff will be in Houston leading a Harkada [Israeli dance] workshop on Sunday, August 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Beth Yeshurun. Registration is required by July 31. Contact Szub, 281-236-7663 or [email protected]

Szub is also looking for contributions to help defray the cost of bringing Marianoff to Houston.


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