About the Unison Dance Academy
The Unison Dance Academy has been recognized as a leading dance academy in Israel and throughout the world. Its international teaching staff provides a comprehensive framework for the training of Israel’s best young dance students.
Unison’s high standards, aspiration for excellence, team spirit, family atmosphere, and emphasis on the development of students as human beings and dancers alike, has garnered a series of national and international awards for the Academy in the very brief time since its establishment.
Unison received national and international acclaim
the Unison Dance Academy returned with several great achievements from the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix finals in NYC (2019): 1st place in the ensemble category, participatig in the Y.A.G.P international gala performance which was held at the Lincoln center in NYC.
it also won 1st place in contemporary dance category, 2nd place in the ensemble category (semifinals in Barcelona 2018),'outstanding teacher award', 1st place in the contemporary dance category and 2nd place in the ensemble category (International BBB competition, Montana 2019).
These follow the footsteps of Unison's benchmark achievements in 2017:
- 1st place,YAGP semifinals in Paris.
- 3rd place, YAGP finals in New York.
tradition and standard reserved for the world’s leading dance academies. Other honors have included:
The YAGP 2016
“Outstanding Teacher Award”
Mia Arbatova Ballet Competition (2015) and participation in the annual Galas since then
Numerous student scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation
International scholarships for summer courses abroad at the Paris Opera Ballet, the Bolshoi Academy, and other top dance schools in New York, Germany, Cannes and Marcie.
Artistic and professional training
The goal of the Academy is to train Israeli dance students at international standards and to have them excel on that stage. Vocational training is based on the integration of tradition and professionalism alongside innovation and creativity, and includes classical ballet lessons, strengthening, acrobatics, pilates, modern dance, and repertoire.
Unison students perform worldwide, showcasing dances by leading Israeli choreographers Ohad Naharin, Inbal Pinto, Avshalom Pollack, Itzik Galili, Rami Be'er and Dafna Davidovich. They also perform works by young choreographers, including Croatian artists Ivica Bago and Ronald Savkovich.
The Unison family
Since its founding in 2011, Unison has managed to bring together a group of professional dance teachers who share a vision of excellence in dance training combined with values and a strong sense of community. Our teamwork nurtures connections between the Unison dancers and enables mutual development and support.
Excellence in dance
Excellence in life
Through intensive dance training, students acquire tools for success in life and develop life skills such as perseverance, creativity, and appreciation for the arts.
Moran Barak is the founder, general manager and artistic director of the Unison Dance Academy in Even Yehuda, Israel. Ms. Barak founded Unison in 2011 and in only a few short years has developed it into a world-class school of dance.
At Unison, Ms. Barak is raising a new generation of dancers with a pursuit of excellence and firm commitment to their professional development. Her dance academy not only develops skills and opens doors to the world of professional dance, it also molds beauty, culture and aesthetics into the lives of its young dancers. As a result, Ms. Barak and her students have received international awards and recognition, including the Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Teacher Award in 2016, 1st place at the 2018 YAGP Paris semifinals, and 3rd place at the 2018 YAGP finals competition in New York.
“Excellence is a process with no quick results. There are constant challenges and your success will depend on your ability to work hard, persevere, believe, and love what you do.” – Moran Barak
Ms. Barak also provides numerous opportunities throughout the year for her students to perform with leading Israeli dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company, the Israel Ballet, and the Kibbutz Dance Company. Her dance delegations to Europe and the United States provide her students with exposure to the world dance scene and opportunities to perform original and innovative works by leading Israeli choreographers on the international stage. Many of her former students now dance with leading companies both in Israel and abroad.
In addition to her work at Unison, Ms. Barak provided dance pedagogy and trained the leads for the Israeli production of the musical Billy Elliott. She also initiated and produced “Marshmallow,” an intergenerational dance event at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv. She holds a B.A. in dance education and a teaching certificate from Kibbutzim College, and an M.A. from the Jerusalem Academy of Dance.