Oren Ashkenazi, originally from Haifa (Israel), holds a degree of art education and event management from the Wingate Institute in Israel. He worked for many years in Jewish communities all around the world as artistic manager of dozens of dance camps and other events and created cross cultural projects in Haifa. Close to the tradition of his father Musa Ashkenazi he created a number of Israeli Dances danced all over the world. He created dances such as Chibuk Bachashecha, Katonti, Im Yesh Gan Eden, Charasho, Iti At Yafa. Five years ago he opened with his wife OLmusic artist agency which promotes artists from the Middle East.
Oren and Lena have been a part of Polin Rokedet since the very begenning.
Michael lives in Zichron Yaakov, Israel, but was born in Haifa. He started dancing, in Haifa area, when he was 10 years old. He started to lead dance sessions in 2010. He’s been working with many different dance teachers and also editing music for dances. He made his first appearance as a dance teacher and choreographer outside of Israel at camp “Gvanim”, in August 2015. Since then he got to create several dances and teach them in Israel and outside of it. He enjoys all kinds of dances and music, but his favourite dances are the most energetic ones.
Besides being in the Dance World – he is an Electrical Engineer and works in Hi Tech. He is married to Ariela, also a dancer leading sessions, whom he got to know while dancing together.
AND – prior to Polin Rokedet, he got to see Poland twice already! (not in dancing though).
Ilai Szpiezak, half Israeli, half Argentinian, started his career as a dancer and choreographer of Israeli Dancing in 2006, rapidly moving into choreography and direction of performing troupes and artistic organisations in Argentina at the age of 16. He danced in the international Israeli Dance Company Agshama performing in different countries around South America while training as a professional Ballet Dancer and graduated from the Ulpan of Rikudei Am with Honours.
He moved to London in 2011, to take on the role of Dance Development Manager in the Israeli dancing community. Since then he has been responsible for directing, organising and managing annual classes, workshops and concerts in London and around the UK including Machol Europa and many other events in Europe.
Ilai is frequently hired as an organiser and instructor of Israeli dance seminars in different countries around the UK, Europe and America, combining his expertise in dance, education and his passion for producing. He is currently based in London and runs his 2 companies: ILAIDANCE – An event entertainment company and Szpiezak Productions – a Theatrical Producing company.
He is one of the upcoming choreographers & markidim from the new generation of Rikudei Am around the world with dances including Am Israel Chai, Le Le Le, Nigun Alma and many more… His high energy and precise teaching will keep you on the dance floor all night long!
He is looking forward to seeing you all soon!