Pictures from IFC's Revival (2018—this year)

We are thankful to Moshe (1931-2022) z"l

Moshe left an astonishingly wide array of wonderful dances for us during his 60 years of choreographing. He is missed by all. See more in "Tell me" below.

IFC Videos

Download videos and music from camps

IFC '22 music & videos (password avail to all who paid): Steve Kotansky and Alexandru David
Dance list for IFC '22
IFC '24 music & videos (password avail to all who paid): Caspar Bik   Petur Iliev  
  Music and vids for Joanie & MurrayDance list for IFC '24
Caspar and Petur foolin' round IFC '24 (GOTTA WATCH!)

Some dances taught at IFC

Debka Li'el ('18)
So Baltiskava (4 Figs) ('18)
So Baltiskava (5 Figs, shown at MFD) ('18)
Debka Keff-T   Debka Keff-D   ('22)
Tagidi ('23)
Reiach Tapuach-T   Reiach Tapuach-D ('24)   Moshe dancing Reiach Tapuach
Kudrjavchik-T ('24) Kudrjavchik-D  

IFC History

What does IFC stand for?
International Folkdance Camp, Moshe Eskayo's surprisingly unpretentious name for his folkdance camps in the New York tri-state area.

When did they start?
The first one was in 1972. Those first camps were 10 days! We've posted below Guy Haskell's memorabilia collection from the earliest days. The restarted IFCs ("IFC Reunions") began in 2005, through 2013. We are thrilled to be leading the revival of IFC, started in 2018, to honor Moshe's contributions to the folk dance world.

News of the first one!
Write-up from the 2nd issue of New York Folk Dance News about the Maine Folk Dance Camp and IFC International Camp in 1972.

IFC films

Here are some clips from the first camps (1970s)

Giggle and laugh

Israeli Dance Camps

After running International camps, Moshe started annual and semiannual Israeli folkdance camps in 1979. These were called simply Hora, then later, Hora Shalom (1981), Winter Folkdance Festival (Dec. 1985), Hora Keff (starting in Dec. 1989 as the "5th Winter Folkdance Festival – Hora Keff"), and Sababa (1998 or 1999). His final Israeli camp ("SababaKeff") was 2011.

The Shoemaker

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:

From 1993
From 2007
From 2008

Tell me about Moshe

Moshe Eskayo was born in 1931 in Jerusalem, came to the US in 1961, and returned to Israel in 2020, where he passed away in 2022. 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 Israeli choreographers to embrace Arabic music in his choreographies (i.e. Yalal Hawa, Holech Uva and Tagidi).

Moshe was 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. As noted above, 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. (He was inspired to start an International camp on the East Coast after visiting Stockton Folk Dance camp.)


Sadot Israeli Dancers was one of two Israeli folkdance troupes Moshe directed, the other being Eilat, which was the senior group. Sadot performed from 1969 to (at least) 1974.

The only picture Guy had is an out-of-focus photo shoot for publicity:

Back: Mike Rosenbaum, Guy Haskell, Fred Pearson, Danny Ross, Antonio LaGreca;
Front: Debbie Glass, Debbie Cohen, Miriam Miron, Susie Siegel, Ronnie Katzenstein, Allison (Goldstien?)

Click for a list of Sadot's performances

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:

New York World's Fair

Just 3 years after arriving in the US, Moshe became the director of the Israel pavillion at the 1964 World's Fair. He taught dances to groups of visitors. It helped people enjoy Israel's culture and promoted a positive view of Israel.

Dance Interviews

TV interview with Moshe on "Jerusalem OnLine," program #5/97 (1997): Click here
A very nice interview with Moshe about his life with dance: Click here

Video Tribute

A video tribute to Moshe's life, creativity and cleverness was assembled by Karen Kaplan. Click either picture to watch:

Tributes in honor of Moshe's 90th birthday [2021] and after he died [2022]

Video clips, montages, photo albums, reminiscences and interviews with friends (each zoom session is 90-110 mins):

Led by Maurice Perez [Part 1]
Led by Maurice Perez [Part 2]
Led by Ariane Butel

Video samples The best(?) parts from above zooms
Tributes to Moshe from teachers, choreographers, friends and dancers
Powerpoint slideshow IFC 50th and Moshe Tribute shown during IFC's 50th anniversary celebration, May 2022

Moshe's funeral 4/7/2022

Alav Ha-shalom