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Chana Gitel "Ann" Litvin survived the Nazi's reign of terror in which her family was decimated. She now gives educational programs at high schools, churches, temples, and civic groups on the terrors of the Nazi regime. "Ann" comes from "Anushka," which is what her high school and college dance buddies contrived and called her.
Ann, a native of New York City, did undergraduate and graduate work in Electrical Engineering at City University of New York where she was one of the only women enrolled in any of her technical classes. Later, recruited to Southern California by the burgeoning aerospace industry, she was responsible for designing test equipment and creating test manuals for Minuteman and Apollo space exploration systems.
The photo at left is of Ann and Madame Tamara Elganova at final rehearsal of Orange County Ballet's "KAMARINSKAYA" performance in 1975. Mme. Elganova danced professionally throughout Europe and the United States with the famed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Later, she moved permanently back to the United States, and founded the Orange County Ballet Company, housed in Tustin, California. Litvin served as International Folk and Character Dance Specialist for Elganova and Orange County Ballet Company for many years.
Ann has taught Israeli, Balkan, and international dancing for more than forty years. She was the one who first introduced over forty of Rivka Sturman's dances to San Diego and Orange Counties in the very late 1950s and early 1960s. As a teen in New York City in the 1950s, she was one of the few demonstrators for Fred Berk, the father of Israeli dance in the United States.
She was Rivka Sturman's solo dance notator in Southern California and dance partner / demonstrator on Rivka's awesome three- to four-month U.S., Canada, and Mexico world tour in the 1960s (photo at right). There were 18 workshops on the three-nation tour (a lucky number for the Jewish people).
In the late 70's, Ann turned her professional focus to developing methodologies to effectively prepare people for state and national standardized exams. Her courses have been offered all over Southern California, and reflect a winning blend of her unique and effective teaching style along with her genuine interest in and respect for each student who attends. It is her philosophy that a person's view of self is as important to test taking success as the academic component of study itself.
Ann has personally taught more than 400 short and long test prep courses in Southern California and has served many thousands of students seeking entry into college, graduate schools, and teaching programs.
Ann has a daughter, Shayna.
Dances Ann has taught include Ahavat Hadassah, Atsay Hatsafsafot, Bat Harim, B'er Besade, Dayagim, Debka Dayagim, Debka Gilboa, Debka Hashalom, Debka Halel, Debka Le'Adama, Dodi Li, Dodi Tsach, Dzangurica (Skudrinka), Eh Hatal, El Harahat, Eten Bamidbar, Erev Ba, Ez Vakeves, Harmonica, Hashual, Hava Netze B'Machol, Hineh Ma Tov, Hopa Hey, Hora Chassidit, Hora Eilat, Hora Medura, Iti Milvanon, Keshoshana, Ki' Tin' Am, Kuma Echa, Kol Dodi, Kuma Echa, Le'or Chiyuchech, Machar, Mayim, Mechol Ovadya, Shiboley Pas, Syn-Co-Pe, Teh Ve Orez, Uri Zion, V'David, Vaynikehu, Zemer Atik, Zemer Bagilbo'a, and Zemer Lach.
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