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Israeli Choreographer Dances his Way to Julliard Award

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Photograph of the renovated facade of the Juilliard School building, at 65th and Broadway, New York City. Photo: Paul Masck.

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin has been chosen to receive an honorary doctorate from the prestigious Julliard School in New York. He will receive the doctorate at a ceremony in May, reported Israel Hayom.

Naharin has been the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company since 1990. In 1974 he joined the company of renowned dance choreographer Martha Graham in New York, and began studying on scholarship at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and with master teachers Maggie Black and David Howard. He later performed with Israel’s Bat-Dor Dance Company and Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe Siècle in Brussels, his official biography on the Batsheva Company official website states:

In 1980, Naharin formed the Ohad Naharin Dance Company and is considered to be one of the world’s leading choreographers today. He has already been honored with doctorates from the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Hebrew University.

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