Position: Peridance Founder, Artistic Director
Affiliation with organization: 1983 – Present
Years active at YAGP: 2017 – Present
Igal Perry was born in Israel, and began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving in the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne’s Dancers as Ballet Master and choreographer. He also headed the ballet department at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival before launching the Peridance Capezio Dance Center, which has become one of New York City’s most prominent dance institutions. Mr. Perry has also founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works. He continues to travel extensively throughout the world as a Master Teacher and choreographer.