GCM Dance Group - Lost Vocal Traditions

Saturday 24 - 6:20-6:50pm - Main Stage (Time subject to change)

The Greek Community of Melbourne Dance Group has been teaching authentic greek dance and culture for 20+ years and enjoys the reputation of being one of the longest running and successful dance schools in Victoria. Pupils are trained in the traditional folk style dancing, which maintains the Greek culture for past, current and future generations of Australian Greeks. The Greek Community of Melbourne Dance Group incorporates dances from Euboea, Gagavouz Thrace, Naxos, Cappadochia, Vlach, Sarakatsan, Drama, Konitsa, Messinia, Karagounika, Northern Thrace, Serres, Grevena & Voio Kozani, Roumlouki, Goumenissa Kilkis, Levos & Chios, Ikaria, Eptanissa, Dodecanese & Xiromero.

Today most people assume that singers sing traditional songs, but there is a category of songs that is rapidly disappearing. Songs that accompany dances without musical accompaniment. With these dances they don’t hold hands like in regular songs but hold :Thilikota” or “stavrota “ in this way being much closer to each other and better able to hear each other sing and keep in time. In general, the pace of these songs was slow and not energetic so as the dancers could sing and dance.

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