A founder of Jerusalem Dance Theater.
Tamara Mielnik was born and raised in Brussels(Belgium), is a daughter of Holocaust survivors who died in the 1960s and left her and her brother alone. Mrs. Miriam Lonsky-Katz who was an educator and Theater Woman, as well as one of the founders of the Belgian Yiddish Theater in the 1930s, adopted her and there Tamara began her stage career as a singer and actress.
She studied dance with Martha Graham and her soloist, and she believes Israeli dance today is an abstract gibberish that sanctifies the mirror and prefers it over the content to be original.
In 1984, she founded the Jerusalem Dance Theater.
After Lonsky's death, Tamara brought up a dance performance centered on the teachings and legacy of Janusz Korczak, who was a role model for Ms. Lonski. "When I Grow Up to Be Small" (2006). This production was performed at an international festival in France whit a great success and was renewed in 2016
After receiving great fan fair in the offseason for her lifelong contributions to the dance community in Jerusalem and beyond she brings her vast knowledge, experience, and artistic brilliance to the JDT studio.
Artistic Director, Ballet Master & Choreographer
Eyal Nahum is the new artistic director and choreographer of the Jerusalem Dance Theater.
He has danced with leading companies in Israel and abroad including the Israeli Ballet, Bat Dor, and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company.
Nahum graduated with distinction from the Open University with a B.A in psychology and holds an M.A degree with high distinction from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem.
He has accomplished a teacher training program of the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow with the participation of the Russian American association in New York.
Nahum has performed in various festivals and workshops in Israel and around the world.
He is highly appreciated for his work in dance pedagogy and artistry as well.
Zvika Monsongo, born in Israel, CEO of the Jerusalem Dance Theater.
He began his dance studies at the age of 12, studied at the Jerusalem Arts High School and after his military service began his first degree in dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, danced with an ensemble of the high academy.
At the beginning of his career, Zvika taught various dance styles in dance schools throughout Jerusalem and in Israel and directed the young dance company "Musa" in Pisgat Zeev in Jerusalem.
In 2012, Zvika completed his master's degree in dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He founded the ballet youth groups at the Jerusalem Dance Theater.
Since Zvika entered the Jerusalem Dance Theater, he has produced and directed the dance performances of the professional company and the school. Last year he produced the Gala performance for company's 30 years of activity.