Mateh Asher Regional Council is situated in the Western Galilee and is appropriately named after the Biblical tribe of Asher which settled this very geographic region in ancient times. The Council was established in 1982 upon the consolidation of three regional councils: Ga’aton Regional Council, Ne’eman Regional Council, and Sulam Tzur Regional Council of Akko. Today, Mateh Asher Regional Council covers an area of 220,000 inhabitants and includes 32 villages which comprise of kibbutzim, moshavim (agricultural villages), Arab villages and one co-op village.
The dance studio is located in Kibbutz Ga’aton and as of today is received approximately 300 students for dance study annually. These students are either part of extended programs in the periphery, study at the Ga’aton Studio which includes a dance department in cooperation with the local Manor-Kabri School, or they are part of the advanced dance and dance workshops programs.
The Dance Workshop in Kibbutz Ga’aton
Einav Levy & Yaniv Abraham, Artistic Directors
The Dance Workshop in Kibbutz Ga’aton was founded in 1977 by Mrs. Yehudith Arnon with the aim of training graduate students to become dancers in the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Yehudith, a Holocaust survivor, is a winner of ISPA Prize for 1997 and Israel Prize for 1998. On 1996 Einav Levy, a KCDC former dancer and rehearsal director, took the coordination of The Danceworkshop Gaaton alongside Yehudith. On 2006 Einav became the director and on 2011 Yaniv Avraham, a Bat-Sheva former dancer and Danceworkshop Gaaton graduate, joined Einav Levy and together they directing artistically and professionally The Danceworkshop Ga’aton. Together they bring freshness and new approaches to the well known intensive dance program of The Danceworkshop Gaaton. The Danceworkshop Ga’aton is located in Kibbutz Ga’aton near the KCDC. The Danceworkshop Gaaton graduates are now dancers, choreographers, and teachers, In Israel and abroad.
AIM OF THE STUDIES
The Danceworkshop Gaaton aims to graduate students to become professional dancers 0n a two years program. The intensive study program trains the students in various areas, each based on his or her individual ability, skills, and preferences. The students progress on an individual basis according to each student’s personal level of motivation and ability to persevere.
The study program includes Ballet Technique, Modern Dance Technique, Ga-Ga, Repertoire, Composition, Physical Awareness, Pilates. The Danceworkshop Gaaton offers fertile soil for work and creative activity. Each year, well-known choreographers, as well as young creators, are invited to work with the students and, thus, the students are exposed to the various approaches which exist in the world of contemporary dance. During their studies, the students are exposed to the public, both in the studio performances and on stage.
The year opens on September and ends on June, divided to 3 trimesters. 10 months of full work, with a week or two weeks off after ending each semester, and 2 months of summer vacation at the end of the year. Days of study: Sunday through Thursday 9 am to 4 pm each day. At the evening studios are free for individual work and creating.
Audition takes place in Kibbutz Ga’aton on April each year. The students audition for their Ballet and Modern Techniques, repertoire, creativity and a conversation with the directors concludes the audition. Students from the age of 18 with dance background, who have a strong desire for dance and the will to work intensively, are accepted.
The students rent rooms in Kibbutz Ga’aton. Studying and living in the same place allows the students to dedicate themselves and be fully engaged in the intensive demanding dance program.