Deborah Strauss (violin, accordion, vocals, dance) is one of the finest of the contemporary klezmer instrumentalists and a well-known Yiddish dance instructor. She frequently appears as a featured dance instructor through the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's groundbreaking Yiddish Dance Project and has taught dance at festivals and workshops worldwide. Deborah also appears as an instrumentalist on numerous recordings and was a long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band and the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble. She is currently performing internationally as part of the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and is a much-loved teacher of Yiddish music and dance to students of all ages. She studied violin at Rutgers University and ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago.