There are over 10,000 traditional dances that come from all regions of Greece. There are also Pan-Hellenic dances, which have been adopted throughout the Greek world. These include the syrtos, kalamatianos, pyrrhichios, hasapiko and sirtaki. Traditional Greek dancing has a primarily social function. It brings the community together at key points of the year, such as Easter, the grape harvest or patronal festivals; and at key points in the lives of individuals and families, such as weddings. For this reason, tradition frequently dictates a strict order in the arrangement of the dancers, for example, by age. Visitors tempted to join in a celebration should be careful not to violate these arrangements, in which the prestige of the individual villagers may be embodied.
Greek dances are usually performed in diaspora Greek communities, and among International Folk Dance groups.
Come to dance with us and enjoy yourselves learning traditional dances from Epirus, the Greek islands, Thrace, Macedonia, Pont, Crete and Cyprus. Our society has 3 classes (for children, adult beginners and advanced) with the prospect to develop in class for performances.
Are you going to dance with us?
Where & when:222 St Vincent St W, Birmingham, Ladywood Health and Community Center, B16 8RP, every Friday 19:00-21:00
Type of lesson: Group
Duration of the class: 2 hours every week
Monthly tuition: Yes
Tutor: Lola Spetsioti & Leonidas Tarenidis