David "Sam" Edery, the son of a pioneer family in Israel, was raised on dancing and Israeli folklore. He began his performing career at the age of 11 at festivals in jerusalem. At the age of 17, he joined the internationally acclaimed Hora Dance Group, and by 1971 had formed his own groups that were elected to represent Israel at the International Dance Festivals throughout Europe for several years.
Sam graduated from the Ulpan in Jerusalem and the Rubin Dance and Music Academy special study program focusing on Israeli and ethnic choreography, stage management, and costume design. In 1975, he was the co-founder of the Folk Dancing Teachers' Union in Israel.
For several years, Sam performed with the Hora Dance Group, the Hebrew University Dance Troupe, the Ensemble Folkore of Israel, and the Karmon Dancers. He participated in dance festivals and theatrical productions in more than 20 countries around the world and was a staff member at the Jerusalem Institute for Folk Dance Instructors. He also taught folk dancing at McGill University in Canada.
Sam was the first Israeli folk dance choreographer to be invited by private and official organizations to lead seminars, workshops, and dance groups in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and New Zealand. In 1985, he was honored by several groups in the Far East for distinguished contribution as a dance instructor.
Sam has taught at the 3rd Annual Interenational Folkdance Camp on Santa Catalina and at a Palm Springs Folkdance Weekend.
Sam resides in Los Angeles, California, where he continues his folk dance research and cataloging, teaching, and choreography.
Dances Sam has taught include Achoti Kala, Al Knafe Hakesef, Amalel Shir, An'eim Zmirot, Anavai, Ashrei Ha'ish, Atzei Ha'tzaftzafot, Aviv, Ay Didi Dy, Balada LaMa'ayan, Behar Hagilbo'a, Bila Yanas, Bo'ou Nashir LeEretz Yafa, Chag Hagez, Chatan Vekhala (Chatuna), Debka Gilboa, Debka Ha'chamor, Debka Ha'emek, Debka Harimon, Debka Haro'im, Debka Katsir, Derech Eretz Ha-Shaked, Eich Af Hazman, El Elohey Shamayim, El HaChofesh, El Haderech, Eretz Eretz, Eretz Israel Yafa, Eshkolit, Gevanim, Ha'emek Hu Chalom, Hachinanit, Halleluya Betziltzeley Shama, Halleluya Lashalom, Harikud Shebalev, Hora Gesher, Hora So'eret, Hora Tschok, Kalanit, Keshehatal Notzetz, Kirya, Kismei Shaul, Kotel Hamizrach, Kulanu Ba'mitz'ad, Laila Zoher, Lakotzrim Heydad, Layla Ba'arava, Li Nagni Kineret, Mei Hanchalim, Migdalor, Neve Midbar, Rikud Le Yovel, Rikud Neurim, Saeni Imcha Be'machol, Sar Hamemuneh, Shabbat Menucha, Shav El Admati, Sheleg al Tira, Shir res Negbi, Shir Sameach, Shiru Shir La'ahava, Shki'a, Shvil Chadash, Sigal, Simchat Neurim, Sisu Et Yerushalayim, Te Ve'orez, Tfilati, Tikvah, Vaynikehu, and Zohi Artzi.