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Ofra Hoffman was born and grew up in Israel. From an early age she was passionate about the arts of the stage, and in particular: Theatre and dance.
She began her theatre studies at the Art high school in Jerusalem, this was followed by classical voice training.
During her studies she was introduced to the art of Corporeal Mime, created by the great Master Etienne Decroux.  In 1991 she left Israel to follow her passion.
She traveled to Paris, France where she studied between 1992-95 the art of Corporeal Mime from the last disciples of Etienne Decroux, Mss. Corinne Soum and Mr. Steven Wasson, at their school:  L'ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique De Paris.  She continued her vocal studies with Mr. George Roiron. She also followed theatre and body movement workshops. (To name few: Mr.Thomas Lebhart, Mr. Ivan Baccioci and others.)
Her first encounter with the art of Bharatanatyam was in Paris, she began her first steps with Shalini  (disciple of M.K.Saroja and of Vidhya) and then with Malavika (disciple of Guru K.G. Ellapa Mudaliar and of Kalaimamani VS Muthuswami Pillai).
In order to continue her studies, Ofra traveled to, Chennai, INDIA, and began sharing her life between three cities, in three different continents- Chennai, Paris, and Tel Aviv.  During her stay in Chennai in 2005 she was introduced to one who will become her guru- Kalaimamani Kuttalam M.Selvam.
After several visits for intense studies with him she receives in 2010 an ICCR  (Indian Council for cultural Relations) scholarship and moved to Chennai.
At the present time Ofra is studying dance with her guru , Abhinaya (the narrative aspect of the dance)  from Mrs .Bragha Bessel, and carnatic vocal music from Mrs. Anuja Rajasimhan. She also trains in Nattuvangam under her Guru.
(The art of conducting a classical Indian dance recital. The studies of nattuvangam develops the understanding of the rhythm and tempo and are very important for a deep understanding of the choreographic structure.)
In 2011 Ofra presented her Arangetram ,(The Arangetram is a ceremony that symbolize the passage from the state of a student to a stat of a dancer. Hence this ceremony is an important stage for the dancer and the Guru.
Along with her studies, Ofra performs in Israel and abroad and continue her researchers in the field of creation. She performs works inspired by the Indian dance, as well as traditional programs. She takes the challenge to stimulate interest and curiosity about Bharatanatyam, an unknown art in Israel, in the hearts of her audience. This challenge brings her to cooperate with artist of different fields- musicians, actors, and visual artists.
From the press:
...Ofra  Hoffman hypnotizes us with her grace and her perfect theatre acting. In her performance she combines traditional choreographies and original creations. The devotion is very present in her dance…...
Chantal Ostorovitch, Jerusalem post, 2.1.2007,  Israel

La danse indienne provient de plusieurs origines : les anciens manuscrits, la tradition orale, la poésie tamoule et telugu, les statues dans les temples et les rites.

Parallèlement à ces racines traditionnelles, la danse continue son parcours et s'imprègne de contes populaires, du langage de la rue, des gestes quotidiens ; elle respire l'air du jour, de notre ère.

Jamais l'art ne se fige : la statue du temple ou le mouvement de la danse sont aussi vivants et vibrants qu'il y a des milliers d'années.

The Indian dance derives from several origins: the ancient manuscripts, the oral tradition, the Tamoul and Telugu poetry, the statues in the temples, the temple rituals.

Parallel to its traditional roots, the dance traces it's way, influenced by folk tales, daily gestures, modern expressions. Thus the dance breathes and lives the era of our time.

Never does the dance freeze, or stay immovable just as the temple statues seem to be in constant motion, so is the motion of the dance. It is as vibrating and lively as it has been from thousands of years.