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Judith Brin Ingber papers

Identifier: PA119

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains personal, professional and legal correspondence, including handwritten and typed letters, memoranda, note cards, newsletters, contracts, clippings and flyers. It also includes materials related to Ingber’s published works -- with a large percentage related to the Fred Berk biography and others pertaining to articles on dance and Jewish history, and other works -- including drafts, notes, revisions, correspondence, legal and financial documents, order forms and promotional materials.

Records from her teaching career contain materials from the dance program at the University of Minnesota and include course materials on dance history, criticism and journalism such as syllabi, course readings, student works, concert programs, source materials, photographic slides and correspondence. Notes, correspondence, programs, readings and clippings from a workshop she taught in Poland are also included, as are her choreography teaching notebook and also news clippings of her teaching dance to kindergarten children.

Ingber volunteered with and served on the board of several organizations, including the Minnesota Independent Choreographers’ Alliance, the Society of Dance History Scholars, the Congress on Research and Dance, Ballet Arts Minnesota, the Minnesota Regional Arts Council (MRAC), and The Center for Arts Criticism. Materials include board meeting agendas and minutes, notes, budgets and financial summaries, correspondence, newsletters, and promotional pieces.

The collection contains documentation of Judith Brin Ingber's performance career, including materials realted to the Voices of Sepharad troupe and her collaboration with Mary Easter Moore ("And the Walls Came Tumblin' Down"). The collection also numerous audiovisual materials documenting her performances, teaching, interviews and choreography in various formats, including U-matic, VHS, 5 inch tape reel, Mini-DV and DVD, as well as an external hard drive containing digital copies of some of the video recordings. Audio cassettes and CDs containing music for performances are also included.


  • 1945 -

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright is retained by the copyright holders.

Biographical Note

Judith Brin Ingber is a dancer, choreographer, author and educator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She grew up in Minneapolis, where she trained under Lorand and Anna Andahazy, two former members of the de Basil Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo, whom had started a school in St. Paul, with a branch in Minneapolis. She trained with them from the time she was seven until the age of seventeen when she left Minneapolis. Ingber first performed with Ballet Borealis in a production of Scheherazade on the Northrop stage at the University of Minnesota.

Ingber moved to New York to study dance, earning a bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College, where she trained under the famed dance teacher Bessie Schönberg. She also studied at the Martha Graham Studio and the Merce Cunningham Studio. She taught dance to children at Downtown Community School, and she worked as the editorial assistant at Dance Magazine from 1967-1969.

She lived in Israel from 1972-1977, where she taught apprentices of two modern dance companies at the Batsheva Bat Dor Dance Society and choreographed for the Batsheva Dance Company. She was also assistant to Sara Levi-Tanai, the famed director and founder of Inbal Dance Theatre from 1974-1977. While she lived in Israel she researched and wrote her first works on dance in Israel, Dance Perspectives #74, “Shorashim: The Roots of Israeli Folk Dance." She also co-founded the first Israeli dance magazine, Israel Dance Annual.

When she returned to Minneapolis, Ingber was the first director of the dance program of the University of Minnesota's Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, where she taught dance history for twenty years. In 1971, she initiated and performed in the inaugural Choreographers’ Evening (then called Young Choreographers' Evening) at the Walker Art Center. In 1986, she co-founded Voices of Sepharad, a Sephardic music and dance troupe. She is also the author of numerous published works on Jewish history and dance, including a biography of European/American dancer and choreographer Fred Berk, and the editor of the anthology “Seeing Israeli and Jewish Dance."

Ingber is based in Minneapolis and continues to teach, write, perform and choreograph.


33 Linear Feet (27 boxes)


Collection contains correspondence, research, writing, performance records, and teaching materials.


The collection is organized into nine series:

  1. Administrative
  2. Correspondence
  3. Lectures and Conferences
  4. Performance
  5. Publications
  6. Teaching Materials
  7. Volunteer and Professional Affiliations
  8. Audio/Visual
  9. Born-Digital Files

Physical Location



The collection was donated to the Performing Arts Archives by Judith Brin Ingber between 2013-2014.

Related Material

Interviews with and conducted by Judith Brin Ingber can be viewed in the Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Projectin the University of Minnesota Libraries digital UMedia Archive collection. Physical recordings and transcripts from the oral histories are housed in the Minnesota Dance Pioneers Oral History Project Collection (PA117). Other materials about Judith Brin Ingber can also be found in the Dance Library of Israel, and in the Batsheva Dance Company Archives.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Mark Buenaflor and Carley Ruemmele, 2014, with generous support from Creative Heritage Initiative donors.

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