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Ya'akov Eden, a professional dancer and choreographer in both Israel and the United States, has taught for years at Ball State University and has served as a specialist in Israeli folk dance and culture at numerous folk dance camps and workshops.
Born in Israel, Ya'akov started dancing at the age of 11 with the Youth Movement in Israel. Later, he performed with the National Troupe of the Kibutzim from 1957 to 1959. He also danced with a semi-professional group, The Students of Haifa. He taught dancing in the northwestern district, Sulam-Tsor, and directed the Sulam-Tsor Troupe. In the years prior to 1965, he was a youth counselor and dance instructor. In 1965, he staged the chroeography for the National Convention of the Youth Movement in Israel.
In 1970, after graduating with a BA degree, he moved to New York and danced professionaly for a while with the Tel-Aviv Review and the Eilat Dancers. Then, in 1971, Ya'akov became an instructor of folk dance at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and became a staff member at the Kentucky Dance Institute. He began directing the university's Banevolks Folk Dance Repertory, a name stemming from an amalgamation of foreign derivitives of the word "folk." The troupe had their first on-stage performance in February of 1971. While at Ball State, Ya'akov obtained his MA deree.
For a short while beginning in 1977, Ya'akov took over the Blue Star Israeli Folk Dance Workshop in Hendersonville, North Carolina, from from noted Israeli dance expert Fred Berk. Ya'akov has choreographed Israeli dance suites for various groups and is a very popular teacher at folk dance camps and workshops across the North American continent, including Holiday Camp and Stockton Folk Dance Camp in California.
At one time, Ya'akov and his wife Judy owned and operated "The Garden of Eden Dance Studio" in downtown Muncie that specialized in Ballroom and Country Western dancing.
Among Ya'akov's articles and publications is
Dances Ya'akov has taught include Ad or Haboker, Adama Admati, Ahava Atika, Ahavat Chaya'i, Ahavat Hadassah, Ahavat Po'aley Habinyan, Al Sadenu, Am Sgula, Anava'i, An'im Zmirot, Armenian Misirlou, At Adama, Ayelet Ahavim, Ayuma Behar Hamor, Ba'ah Menuchah, Ba'pardess Leyad Hoshoket, Barekh Aleinu, Bat Teiman, Bein N'Har Prat, Belev Echad, Bet Avi, Bisdot Bet-Lechem, Bisabasi, Boi Tama, Chalom Niflah, Debka David, Debka Hashalom, Debka Kafrit, Debka Lahat, Debka L'Emek, Debka Oud, Debka Rafiach, Debka Shachar, Debka Ud, Dror Yikra, Egley Tal, El Ginat Egoz, El Ha'ayin, El Haderech, El Midbsary, Eliyahu Hanavi, Erev Shel Shoshanim (Yarus), Erev Tov, Gozi-Li, Gvanim, Hach Basela, Hagashashim, Hagavi'a, Hagva'ot Hakhulot, Haleluyah, Hanigun, Harimon, Hava Nagila, Hineh Lanu Nigun Yesh, Hora Am Echad, Hora Chadashah (Hadasah), Hora Chaderah (Haderah), Hora Chassidit, Hora Chemed, Hora Habik'a, Hora Simchat He'amel, Hora Yerushalayim, Im Nin'alu, Karoun, Kisme Sha'ul, Klayzmer, Kol Hanshama, Koryim Lanu Lalechet, Kumu Vena'aleh, Lamnatseach, Laner Velivsamim, Lashir Yalda, Likrat Kalah (Likrat Shabat), Liyerushalayim, Lo Ahavti Dai, Manginat Ha'dror, Marsh Hadayagim, Me'ever Lanahar, Mechol Giborim, Mechol Hamitpakhat, Mechol Hashabat, Mi Ha'ish, Mi Li Yiten, Mishal, Mitzva Tanz, Mi Yitneni Of, Nafshi Homa, Na'ama, Nigun Shel Yossi, Nigunim, Nitsanim Niru Ba'arets, Od Lo Ahavti Dai, Odeh Ya, Od Ishama, Orcha Bamidbar, Ozreni El Chai, Perach Bamidbar, Perach Zahav, Pizmon Ha'Aguda, Ronee Bat Tsion, Sapari, Sar Hamemunah, Shalom Levo Shabat, Sham Hareh Golan, Shav Ani Elayeech, Shechachoret, Shibolim (Chad Mecherev), Shir Et Yerushalayim, Shir Milev Bokea, Shir Same'ach, Shir Zmirot, Shiri Li Kineret, Shnei Shoshanim, Shtu Adarim, Simchat He'amel, Simchu Na, Sirdes, Sisu Et Yerushalayim, Sisu Vesim'chu, Stam Yom Shel Chol, Stav Lavan, Sulam Ya'akov, Tsion Tamati, Tsur Chassidi, Tzadik Katamar, Tzlil Zugim, Tzadik Katamar, U'vau Ha'ovdim, Uvneh Yerushalayim, Vayiven Uziyahu, Vayenikehu, Veshuv Itkhem, Yam Ushki'ah, Yarad Dodi Legano, Yedid Nefesh, Yesh et La'amal, Yevarechecha, Zborinka, Zemir Bagilboa, and Zot Yerushalayim.