Avirah is UMD's Israeli Dance Company!

We perform (virtually and in-person) on campus, in the Maryland and DC area, and at Israeli Dance Festivals across the east coast. Avirah's repertoire includes traditional Israeli folkdance and original choreographies in a variety of styles. Our goal is to promote a positive and safe environment where dancers strive for performance excellence. Check out our Health and Safety page for more info on how we're operating in COVID-19.

Stay tuned here and on our social media for announcements about our upcoming virtual performances at our Fourth Annual Showcase and the Israeli Dance Festival, DC! This year has brought Avirah some never-done-before opportunities and we can't wait to share them with you.

Wanna see what we do? Check out our Videos or Youtube channel!

(Picture from last year, before COVID. All in-person events and activities are now with masks and socially distanced)

Avirah DANCERS 2020-2021

**Not all pictured above**

Aliza Mintz, Deborah Brown, Molly Goldstein, Elaine Berger, Aara Kuehl, Moshe Ackman, Paulina Leder, Matthew Kaminow


Watch us premiere our newest choreography, Miriam Hanevia, with the song's writer and composer!


  • Performance on McKeldin Mall for Yom Ha'atzmaut, April 12th at 3:30pm

  • Avirah's Fourth Annual Showcase (virtual), May 2nd at 4pm EDT!

  • Performance at virtual Israeli Dance Festival DC, June 16th