18 Aug 2009
- 1 Sep 2009
West Makedonia, Greece
10th tour-seminar of greek dance
Ten years have passed since Kyriakos Moisidis first began his traditional Greek dance conferences. This 10th Anniversary year will consequently be even more special and celebratory than the previous years. Classes by local teachers and specialists in traditional dance, costume and song will be shared during the two sessions of the seminar. The structure of this year’s seminar will be in two parts offered either separately or together.
The first ten-day long session will take place August 18-27, 2009. We will travel to Western Macedonia, encompassing the towns of Edessa, Siatista and Veroia which will serve as the residential bases where the classes will be held. From these towns we will travel to 3 – 4 surrounding villages where we will be entertained nightly with musical celebrations and participatory dancing with the local inhabitants. A wonderful opportunity to delve into regional traditions as a living and daily entity. We will partake in the traditional cuisines that will be offered by the women of the villages and watch presentations of their traditional dress. We will sing their local songs and dance the dances found in their village alongside them. We will have a singular opportunity to discover the varieties of the cultural groups that inhabit the villages close to Aridaia, Giannitsa, Florina, Kozani, Siatista Grevena, Pieria Mountains, Roumlouki, as well as the Thracian and Pontian refugee villages found in the surrounding areas. Lastly, we will also visit the local museums and the archeological sites of Vergina and Pella.
The second four-day long session will take place August 28 – September 1, 2009. The remainder of the seminar will take us to the island of Ammouliani located off the coast of Mount Athos Peninsula. Here, we will review the previous session’s dances and songs, and continue drawing on the knowledge of those who will share their life and experiences with us. This part of the seminar gives us the unique opportunity for all of us to enjoy not only what was and will be learned, but to enjoy the beaches and scenery of the island.
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