IFC HISTORY & ARCHIVE
What does IFC stand for?
International Folkdance Camp, Moshe Eskayo's surprisingly unpretentious name for his folkdance camps in the New York's tri-state area.
When did they start?
The first one was in 1972. Those first camps were 10 days! Thanks to Guy Haskell, we've posted his collection of memorabilia. The restarted IFCs ("IFC Reunions") began in 2005. We are thrilled to be continuing Moshe's IFC camp, with him as our mentor, to honor Moshe's contributions to the folk dance world.
The Shoemaker, Moshe's hilarious hit skit, was a perennial favorite at Moshe's dance camps – always confounding new teachers who'd never seen it. Some videos of the acts are on YouTube:
Tell me about Moshe
Moshe Eskayo was born in 1931 in Jerusalem, and came to the US in 1961. His career, spanning a remarkable six decades, is sparkled with some of the most finely crafted choreographies in Israeli dancing. Some of his first dances were Ha'ir Be'afor, Al Gemali, Ma Avarech and the ever-popular Sapari. Other favorites still actively done are Dror Yikra, Shir Hachatuna, Bakramim, Ilu Tzipurim, Ramot, Debka Gid and Liya.
Moshe was always interested in the rhythms and modes of international music (eg, the 7/8 rhythms of Re'ach Tapuach), as well as neighboring countries in the Middle East – he was one of the first choreographers to embrace Arabic music in his choreographies (ie, Yalal Hawa, Holech Uva and Tagidi).
Moshe is unique in naming so many dances after people around him: his family (Tfilat Michal, Debka Irit, Debka Li'el, Chanita, Liya) and close friends (Rikud Eileen, Debka Allon, Debka Simonne, Debka Ariel, Liat Li Liat, Debka Chayim, Debka Larden) and even "storied" body parts (Debka Gid: ask someone!).
He was also unique in running dance camps for both the Israeli and International dance communities. The Israeli camps were Hora Shalom, Hora Keff and Sababa, and the International camps were simply called IFC. No other Israeli choreographer had his feet, so to speak, in both the International and Israeli worlds.
Sadot Israeli Dancers was one of two Israeli folkdance troupes Moshe directed, the other being Eilat, which was the senior group. Sadot performed (at least) from 1969 to 1974.
The only picture Guy had is an out-of-focus photo shoot for publicity:
Back: Mike Rosenbaum, Guy Haskell, Fred Pearson, Danny Ross,
Front: Debbie Glass, Debbie Cohen, Miriam Miron, Susie Siegel, Ronnie Katzenstein, Allison (Goldstien?)
Sadot performed on The Mike Douglas Show on May 24, 1971 – music performed by Moshe Eskayo and Shlomo Shai. Click either picture to watch the segment: