Summer Fun: Upcoming Dance Practice Schedule

We hope everyone is having a great summer! Due to upcoming vacations, please note that we’ve made some changes to our practice calendar. Open practices on Saturday, July 29th and Saturday, August 12th will be canceled. All other practices will proceed as scheduled. Join us at the Greek-American Political Club (288 Green St., Cambridge, MA) … Continued

Spring/Summer Dance List

The BLE Dance Troupe is already working on our spring/summer 2017 repertoire. Some of the dances we are researching and thinking about performing are: Márena Tikféskino Divarátikos Bállos, Kephaloniá

BLE Featured During ArtWeek Boston

For the third season in a row, the BLE will participate in ArtWeek Boston with an event co-hosted by The Hellenic Arts Society in Worcester, MA this coming May 6th. Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 150 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences … Continued

6th Annual Maliotis Greek Dance Workshop

It is with great pleasure that the BLE was again involved in this annual event, this year spread out over two days for the first time. Our very own Michael and Irene Savas taught a class on Island dances. The workshop, as always, was a perfect opportunity to attend basic and master dance classes as … Continued

Karnavali 2017: Kalymnian Style

What a party! Huge thanks to everyone who joined the BLE at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Somerville for Karnavali on Saturday – especially our sponsors and benefactors, our musicians and dancers, and our members and volunteers. Featuring traditional dances from the island of Kalymnos and music by Revma and special … Continued

Karnavali on Kalymnos

Poised on the eastern edge of the Aegean in the Dodecanese, Kalymnos is a place where the traditional and the modern exist in harmony. This is an island with a long history. According to Homer, Kalymnos sent thirty ships to Troy as part of the Achaean fleet. But it does not live in the past … Continued

Traditional Dances of Kalymnos

Kalymnos, like many of the Aegean islands, looks to the sea more than to the land.  The two most popular dances, Sousta and Issos, reflect this maritime orientation – the dancers bob up and down like boats tied up in the harbor, moving their feet like the tides as the line of dance goes in … Continued

BLE President Irene Savas’s Vasilopita Recipe

Koftopita (Voreio Ipirotiki/Politsanitiki Vasilopita from the region of Northern Epirus) 1 lb #2 bulgur wheat 1 c milk 1 8 oz container cottage cheese 1 ½ lbs feta, crumbled 4 eggs, beaten 1 stick (¼ lb) butter, melted Put wheat in big saucepan. Fill with water and soak overnight. Drain. Add ¾ c fresh water … Continued

Karnavali 2016

Each year, the BLE marks the Greek pre-Lenten carnival season with a lively event, Karnavali. The celebration of Carnival began in ancient times, likely as part of the worship of Dionysos, the god of wine and festivity. In the Greek Orthodox Christian tradition, carnival (apókries/απόκριες) is a three-week period of preparation for Lent. Apókries – … Continued

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