Born and raised in Israel, ZVI GOTHEINER began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after formed his first performance group. He first came to New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, and went on to dance with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY, and the Bat-Sheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance in 1989.
In addition to directing and choreographing for his own company, Mr. Gotheiner is much in demand as a guest choreographer for both professional and student companies, and is a frequent adjudicator for the National College Dance Festival.
His daily ballet technique class at City Center Studios in New York is one of the city’s most popular.