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Dr. Yael (yali) Nativ


Photo by:  Liron Weissman

Dr. Yael (yali) Nativ is a dance scholar with sociological and anthropological orientations. She is a Senior Lecturer at ASA, The Academic College for Society and Arts, at Levinsky College for Education and at Masson Gross School of the Arts Online at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey. Dr. Nativ holds a diploma in Dance Education from The Kibbutzim College, a Bachelor degree in Choreography from the Sorbonne University, Paris, and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Education of the Creative Arts from San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her writing and research, she explores social and cultural issues looking at the linkage between dance, body, culture, education, gender and creativity. Her book Fractured Freedom: Body, Gender and Ideology, which she co-wrote with Dr. Hodel Ophir, was published in 2016 (in Hebrew). Currently she is engaged in an ethnographic research, looking at the experience of the body among professional Israeli ageing dancers who still perform on stage. In addition to her participation in various public dance committees in Israel, she is a co-founder and member of the Israeli Society for Dance Research and serves as the Head of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Association of Independent Choreographers.

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