The 2012-2013 World Music & Dance Series presents...
Greek Dance Day
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Greek Dance Workshops 1 pm & 3 pm
Dance Party 7:30 pm
at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
With support from Your Name In Lights Sponsors Bart & Kate Carpenter.
Presented in collaboration with Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
In collaboration with Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, SFMS is pleased to present an afternoon and evening of Greek dancing, featuring dance master/folklorist Dr. Christos Papakostas and Karpouzi Trio, led by master musician Spyros Koliavasilis. Christos and Spyros have been working for the past six months on the repertoire — this is an event not to be missed! Material includes dances of Asia Minor, the Greek islands, and various regions of the Greek mainland. Christos will select material based on the ability of the dance group.
In Greece, a karpouzi is a sugar baby melon — sweet and tasting of summer. In the DC area, Karpouzi is a group of friends who play music on traditional instruments from the Greek mainland and islands. Multi-instrumentalist Spyros Koliavasilis has joined forces with santouri player Margaret Loomis and laouto player Len Newman (known to SFMS dancers as a member of Lyuti Chushki). Sweet!
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
1000 Yverdon Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
1:00pm — Greek Dance Basicsis designed for teens, relatively new dancers, and anyone with an interest in Greek dance. Primarily pan-Hellenic dance material found at any Greek dance event.
3:00pm — Greek Dancing, Round 2will provide more complex material, demonstrating contrasts in style and rhythms from multiple regions of Greece, including Thrace, Greek Macedonia, and the Aegean Islands.
Tickets for Each Workshop:
$16 General Admission
$12 SFMS Members
$10 Students— to age 22
$30 for both workshops
- Admission is at the door. No advance registration required.
- No partner needed. Wear soft-soled shoes and loose clothing suitable for dancing.
- For more information, call Bart at 717-234-3844
or email bart.carpenter (at) sfmsfolk.org
Dance Party with Karpouzi Trio
7:30pm —Put theory into practice, as Christos teams with D.C.-based Karpouzi Trio!
Tickets for Dance Party:
$10 General Admission
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About the Instructor
Dr. Christos Papakostas is a scholar, master dance teacher and expert percussionist from Thessaly, Greece. For the past 20 years, he has served as a folklorist, choreographer, dance instructor, and percussion instructor for multiple performing groups. He has undergraduate degrees in physical education and sport science with specialty in Greek traditional dance; he received his PhD with Distinction from the Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology at the University of Thessaly. He served as artistic director of multiple youth performing groups in Macedonia, Thessaly and Thrace.
He is in the U.S. to serve as judge at this year's Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival (FDF), sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, and as a dance instructor at the 43rd annual Laguna Folkdancers Festival. SFMS is sharing travel expenses with these two organizations.
About the musicians
Karpouzi Trio is three musicians from Washington, D.C., with an abiding interest in traditional Hellenic music:
Spyros Koliavasilis (oud, bouzouki , saz, kemane, laouto) plays 18 instruments and has a true passion for Hellenic music. With a special interest in the Asia Minor area, he has researched and continues to research music, composers and singers of the past. He loves everything original and is passionate about keeping traditions alive for coming generations. He studied with Great Masters of Eastern music and played in many concerts and many workshops in Greece and around the world with musicians such as Nikos Saragoudas, Chronis Aidonidis, and Domna Samiou. He was awarded a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Tulsa, the only traditional instrument musician to receive such a degree, due to his extended music career and special knowledge and research in traditional Greek-Eastern instruments.
Spyros teaches music at the Greek School of St. Theodore Greek Orthodox Church in Lanham, MD, and elsewhere in metropolitan Washington, D.C. His studio is a place of local interest, not only because of his many workshops, year round, but also because he restores and exhibits old instruments of great beauty, value and variety. In addition to Karpouzi Trio, he plays with the traditional Greek ensemble, Mortes, and a Greek fusion band, Mediterranean Colors.
Margaret Loomis (santouri) first heard the magical sound of a santouri in 1983 at the annual Balkan Music and Dance Camp organized by the Eastern European Folklife Center. She began teaching herself to play from Greek recordings, with annual lessons at the camp from master player John Roussos. She started playing with Karpouzi in 1989, and also enjoys occasional forays into Romanian music, inspired by the noted (late) Romanian fiddler, Harrisburg-based George Caba.
Len Newman (laouto) has been involved in traditional music and dance for more than 40 years and is well known to SFMS members as the tambura player in the Bulgarian ensemble, Lyuti Chushki, a frequent dance band on our program; and as tambura player in the zvorno ensemble Luk na Glavata. In addition to laouto and tambura, he plays other string instruments of the lower Balkans.