Choreographers and dancers in the fields of classical, modern and folk dance, such as the Beta Dance Troupe, Sigma Ensemble and the Haifa Contemporary Dance Workshop, received support that enabled them to continue with ongoing activities and to produce projects.

Beta Dance Troupe

Initially named Eskesta (shoulder dancing in Amharic), Beta Dance Troupe was founded at the University of Haifa in 1995 by Dr. Ruth Eshel, to provide a framework for outstanding Ethiopian dancers.

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Sigma Ensemble

Sigma Ensemble was established under the name HaDance in summer 2007, by Ramot community center in Haifa. The aim of the project was to establish a professional repertory dance troupe in Haifa, which will answer the needs of graduates of the Workshop and train dancers and choreographers, as well as be open for accepting professional dancers wishing to join its ranks.

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The Drum and the Sea - a documentary film about Yardena Cohen

Yardena Cohen Photo: Aliza Shkolnik, from the movie Yardena is 100

Haifa Arts Foundation assisted in producing the documentary The Drum and the Sea, portraying Yardena Cohen – dancer, dance teacher, and recipient of Worthy Citizen of Haifa Award. In the film, Cohen speaks about her life, her sources of inspiration, and her students – the next generation.

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Dancing Haifa / Ruti Ashkenazi

Written by Ruti Askenazy, Haifa Dancing was published to celebrate 50 years of dance troupes in Haifa. The book presents a historical overview of dance and folklore activities in Haifa, which for generations has been the national center of Israeli folk dance. 

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