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Vimata: A Greek Dance Workshop
8:30am – 9am: Registration
9am – 11:30am: Session 1
11:30am – 12:30pm: Lunch
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Session 2
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Extended Session
9pm – 1am: Glendi with live music
This dance workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced-level dancers. Guest instructors Stefanos Sakkas and Katerina Stefanou, visiting from Ioannina, Greece, will teach a range of dances from various regions of Greece. Our repertoire of popular regional dances of mainland Greece will include “Gaida” of Macedonia, “Lotzia” of Pentálophos, and “Tsestos” of Eastern Roumilia, Thrace. An additional highlight will be a variety of less often seen dances from the Peloponnese, including Argolida, Messinia and Corinth. Finally, dances from the islands of Serifos, Naxos, Kalymnos and Kerkyra will round out this exciting workshop!
The event is part of ArtWeek – a unique annual celebration of arts, culture and creativity. Curious people of all ages will get creative at hundreds of unique events across the state. Get the full festival schedule at artweekma.org.
Pre-registration and advance payment is required: the $35 registration fee includes the all-day workshop, lunch, and an evening glendi (Greek-style dance party.) To pre-register, please use the Paypal button below or mail payment to Boston Lykeion Ellinidon, P.O. Box 653, Northborough, MA 01532.
To cancel, please e-mail [email protected] by April 25th. No refunds will be granted after April 25th.
If you are traveling from out of town and would like recommendations for lodging, please e-mail [email protected].
Stefanos Sakkas was born and raised in the city of Ioannina. He began in 1974 as a dancer with the Lykeion ton Ellinidon of Ioannina and is recognized as one of the most important dance masters of his generation. He has been on the staff of many clubs as a long-standing teacher. The clubs with whom he has collaborated are the Lyceum of Greek Women (Lykeion ton Ellinidon/LtE), P.S Kalarrytes, Pindos, PS. Katsikas, the Dodoni dance organization, P.S. Terovo School of Technology, the P.S. Mihalitsi and others. He has taken part in various folklore festivals both abroad (including England, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Estonia, Czech Republic, Egypt, China, Israel, Italy, Turkey, and France) as well as within Greece. He is a man who transmits his knowledge with unlimited artistry and love for Greek traditional dance.
Katerina Stefanou has been involved in traditional dance from the age of 4. She studied at the Department of Physical Education and Sports in Thessaloniki specializing in traditional dances. She was active in various dance groups in Thessaloniki (P. S. Dionysos, P. Adamoma) during her studies there. She is a graduate of the postgraduate program of folklore specializing in folk culture. She is involved with P.S. Kalarrytes “Pindos”, P. S. Matsouki and the P.S. Dramanton as a dance master. She participated in seminars focusing on the tradition, customs and customs of all regions. She has participated in various folklore festivals abroad (including France, Spain, China, Turkey, and the Netherlands) as well as within Greece. She is a woman with love and faith in tradition. She lives and works in Ioannina as a choreographer teaching Greek tradition and folk culture.
Vasilis Kostas (laouto, vocals)
Beth Bahia Cohen (violin)
Panos Aivazides (qanun, vocals)
George Lernis (percussion)
Andrea Charls (vocals)