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Felix Fibich, 96, dancer and choreographer

Felix Fibich and Judith Berg in Paris in 1949. They moved to New York and specialized in Jewish dance traditions.
Felix Fibich and Judith Berg in Paris in 1949. They moved to New York and specialized in Jewish dance traditions.New York Times

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NEW YORK — Felix Fibich, a Polish-born modern dancer, choreographer, and teacher who specialized in dances drawn from the Jewish heritage of Eastern Europe, died March 20 in Manhattan. He was 96.

The American dance historian Judith Brin Ingber, a friend, confirmed the death.

As a young actor in Poland’s Yiddish theater troupes, Mr. Fibich observed a wide range of expressive gestures and dances in Jewish communities. After moving to the United States in 1950, he and Judith Berg, his wife and first dance teacher, became known through concerts and workshops as experts in theatricalizing Jewish dance traditions.

Mr. Fibich said their repertory came out of Hasidic sources, non-Hasidic folk songs, Yiddish literature, and biblical themes.

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