Batsheva Company dancer Rachel Osborne and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance's Amit Marciano were awarded the 2009 Yair Shapira Prize for dance excellence last week. Osborne (Australia, 1980) joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2000, graduating to the main company in 2002. She has just been appointed Batsheva Dance's rehearsal director. Marciano, 25, joined the junior company in 2003 and graduated to the main company the following year. The prize is named for Yair Shapira, a dancer with both Kibbutz Contemporary Dance and Batsheva, who fell in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.