Dan Ronen, for over fifty years a leading activist in Israel’s folk dance movement as a dancer, instructor, researcher, organizer and lecturer, was born and educated in Israel. He holds a B.A. in education and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an M.A. and Ph.D. in education from New York University. In addition to his professional work as a pedagogical adviser to several institutes of education and director of the department of culture and arts at the Ministry of Education, he has served as a board member and chairman of numerous bodies active in the arts, education and folklore, both in Israel and abroad. From 1951 on, he was one of the organizers of the national folk dance festivals at Kibbutz Daliyyah.