Ruth Eshel, an authority on the development of Israeli dance, is the author of Dancing With the Dream: The Development of Artistic Dance in Israel 1920–1964. Her doctoral thesis at Tel Aviv University was on Movement Theater in Israel 1976–1991. A pioneer of fringe dance in Israel, she choreographed and danced in solo performances of experimental dance between 1977 and 1986. She edited the Hebrew quarterly Dance in Israel from 1993 to 1998 and since 2000 has been editor of the quarterly Dance Now. Since 1991 she has served as dance critic for the daily Ha’aretz newspaper. She is artistic director and choreographer of Eskesta Dance Theater, which draws its inspiration from the culture of Ethiopian Jewry, and she has published many articles on the community’s dance. She is a lecturer at Haifa University.