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Traditional dance - Maria Pittaka
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Dates: July 5 - 11
Lesson timetable: 11:00 - 14:00 (total of 21 hours)

This year in the dance seminar, we will deal mostly with rhythms and tunes from the regions of Pella and Florina in central and western Macedonia. Simple as well as complex rhythms, accompanied by brass instruments (trombones, trumpets, tubas, and more) and the daoulia. Slow dances that develop into faster ones with dynamism and energy!

Later, we will move from mainland Greece to the islands and we will let ourselves get carried away by the sound of the violin, which will play us the songs of the Cyclades. Lively and joyful dances like our well-known balos.

Aiming at approaching the style of these two regions, we will dance, we will sing, and why not, we will improvise!

Happy Musical Yards!!!


Maria Pittaka comes from Kampos Ikarias. In 2005 she graduated from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science of the University of Athens with a diploma

majoring in Greek Traditional Dances. She prepared her thesis through on-site research in her place of origin on the subject: "The Ikarian dance-Structural, Morphological and Typological analysis".

      In 2002 she attended the musicological conference organized by the Festival Ikarias with the theme "The music, songs and dances of Ikaria". She also attended the conference which was organized by the cultural committee of the municipality of Argyroupoli in the context of the 10th Student meeting with the theme: "Traditional dance in education".

      From 1999 to 2011 she was a member of the Greek folk dance team of the Kallithea Municipality’s cultural organization with

Mr. Vassilis Karfis as her dance teacher. Thus, she participated in many dance and cultural events.

    From 2005 to 2011 she worked on her subject for many cultural associations and municipalities of Attica,teaching various age groups and supervising the annual music and dance performances. She also had the opportunity to organize teaching seminars at the Hellenic-German community dance club "Amalia" in Hagen, Germany. She has been living and working in Ikaria for the last ten years.

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