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Yoav Kaddar

Professor of Dance

Area Coordinator of Dance


PhD – State University of New York

MFA – University of Washington

BFA – The Julliard School


Dr. Yoav Kaddar is a professor of dance at WVU. He is the current director of the WVU Dance Program, the founder and director of the WVU Summer Dance Academy, and the president and founding member of the WV Dance Education Organization. 

He has performed nationally and internationally as guest artist and has been a member of such modern dance companies as the Jose Limon Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers and Jacob’s Pillow’s Men Dancers. He has also danced with numerous independent NYC choreographers and has choreographed for dance and theater.

His teaching, professional movement coaching and choreography consist of both national and international appointments. Among others these include the Limon Dance Institute in NYC, The National School of Dance in Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Novosibirsk Opera Ballet in Novosibirsk, Russia; The Juilliard Drama Division; Shadowland Theatre, NY; New Paltz Summer Repertory Theatre; Fisher Center for The Performing Arts, Bard College, NY; The Signature Theatre, NYC; The Rubin High School for Music and Dance in Jerusalem Israel; The International Latin American Dance Festival in Maracaibo, Venezuela; Stamford City Ballet, CT; and at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. His work has been performed nationally and at such venues as the Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington DC and in Ottawa Canada. His tribute piece Standing Tall has been restaged and performed nationally at dance festivals, universities and private dance studios. The work is also in the permanent archives at the National 9/11 Museum in New York City.

Dr. Kaddar is the recipient of the Martha Hill Award for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Dance from the Juilliard School, and is a Fulbright Scholar. He recently was awarded the WVU Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor – Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been invited to serve on the New York Foundation of the Arts Choreography Panel, the National Society of Arts and Letters dance competition and the Pennsylvania Dance Masters scholarship auditions. He serves on the board of directors of NDEO and has previously served on the board of directors of ACDA. Dr. Kaddar serves on the WVU Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee and was appointed several times to serve on the US Student Fulbright National Screening Committee.