Journey To Greece Through Dance

EAST BRUNSWICK – The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey will celebrate Greek Independence Day on Sunday, March 21, at East Brunswick Vocational School, 112 Rues Lane, with a performance of traditional Greek folk dance from 3 – 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission.

Advance tickets for this event are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. For reservations, contact Eleni Banis, 1-908-281-5992 or Tickets the day of the event are $30 for adults; $20 for children 12 and under.

Proceeds from this event will assist the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey in continuing its mission of researching and presenting the numerous regional folk dances of Greece, and perpetuating Greek heritage in American. All donations are tax deductible.

Journey to Greece Through Dance delivers some of Greece’s most meaningful folk dances as the event celebrates Greek Independence Day.  On March 25, 1821, the people of Greece rebelled against the Ottoman Empire and 400 years of Turkish rule, becoming the first country to break away from the tyranny of this empire.

Part one of the performance focuses on the dances of Macedonia in northern Greece. Hailing from the birthplace of Alexander the Great, these dances are proud, much like the people found in this region, and are executed with precision and poise. Dances like Kyra Maria, Kageleftos, Trita Pota, and Nizamikos, which are featured in the program are rarely seen outside of the region.

Part two features dances from all over Greece, its islands, and Cyprus. Dances like Gaitanaki (Thessaly); Tsamikos (Epiros/Pan-Hellenic); Maleviziotikos (Crete); Kritikos (Rhodes); Stamna (Cyprus) and Letsina (Pontos) offer a lively look at traditional Greek life and the spirit of the Hellenic people.

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