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Miriam Lidster, born in 1918. She was nationally known as an authority on folk dance. With her husband Charles Michael "Chuck" Lidster, she was one of the first teachers to present the dances of Israel at folk dance camps in the United States.
From 1942 on, she taught dance at Stanford University, where she conducted yearly International Folk Dance Seminars, directed the Stanford International Dancers, and supported the Stanford Folk Dance Club. In addition to folk and modern dance, she taught dance history, dance appreciation, and teaching techniques.
She taught at the Stockton Folk Dance Camp, concentrating on the fine points of body control.
Dr. Lidster studied dance in Hungary and Jugoslavia and taught in Japan, Israel, and England. She was on the Dance Research Committee of the Folk Dance Federation of California.
Among Dr. Lidster's publications and articles is
Dr. Lidster died in 1996.
Some of the dances that Dr. Lidster taught in the United States include Alekoki, Ana Halach Dodech, Ani Ledodi, Black Nag, Bo Dodi, Dargason (Sedany), Debka Druz, Dundai, Erev Shel Shoshanim, Et Dodim Kala, Ez Vachevez, Hanoded, Harimon, Harmonica, Hava Netse Ba'mahol, Hineh Ma Tov, Hiney Lo Yanum, Hora, Hora Agadati, Hora for the Omer Ceremony, If All the World Were Paper, Im Hoopalnu, Ken Yovdu, Kol Dodi, Lech Lamidbar, Black Nag, Malu Asamenu Bar, Ma Navu, Nancy's Fancy, Oranges and Lemons, Picking Up Sticks, Pljeskavac, Rufty Tufty, Sherele, Shibolet Bassadeh, Sovevuni, Srbijanka, Ta'am Haman, The Maid Peeped Out At the Window, Vayiven Uziyahu, Vehiti Fu, Vulpiţa, Zaječarka, and Zemer Atik.