Yair Vardi was born on May 1948, in Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the upper Galilee. He is a dancer and choreographer, and a member of the second generation of the Batsheva Dance Company. In 1977 he was awarded the Kinor David Prize. He danced with Ballet Rambert in London and later started his own company, English Dance Theatre, as well as a centre for dance called Dancity in Newcastle, England. After 12 years away from Israel, he returned to become the Director of the Suzanne Dellal Centre.
Yair has been awarded numerous distinctions, among them: The Tel Aviv Municipality Honor and Achievement in The Arts (2002), Shield of Honor for exceptional contribution to the exporting of Israeli Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2009), Chevallier de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the French Government (2009), EMET Prize for Science, Art and Culture, sponsored by the Prime Minister of Israel (2010).