Meet Us Outside Of Class!
Meet your hosts, Erika Saradidis-Kalmar and Ippokratis Saradidis and a big welcome to you from Brussels. We hope you will enjoy this site and let us know if you have any comments or feedback.
We will regularly update the events we will attend. Should you be also there, feel free to come and talk to us…
The next events we will attend:
20th March 2016 – Brussels, Belgium – Mini Seminar Chasapiko & Zeibekiko with Erika Saradidis-Kalmar (Terpsichori’s own seminar)
25-27th March 2016 – Aridea, Greece – Dance Seminar organized by Petros Selkos and the “I Almopes”
28-29th May 2016 – Brussels, Belgium – Terpsichori’s own seminar (more info will follow soon!)
Who Are We?
Our dance circle was created by Erika Saradidis-Kalmar and Ippokratis Saradidis in the quest to transfer our wisdom gained in traditional Greek dances to a wide audience.
Have you known that there are over 1,100 traditional dances in Greece? It’s fascinating, especially for the size of the country!
And it’s not just about this high number of dances – but the huge variation we can experience in the different regions of Greece. Music and dance are changing from village to village…
Due to the folklorisation of Greek dances – to be seen in Greek tavernas and big holiday hotels – unfortunately most of these traditional dances are not exposed to the public.
They widely believe that Greek dances is about Syrtaki, Zorba, Chasaposerviko, Zeibekiko and Tsifteteli – because this is what most tourists see from performances of local dancers.
And the “lucky” ones who see some local dances, often get a distorted or modernized version of the dance in order to impress laic people. Just think of Crete where you can see all those fabulous performances with jumps, and hits and turns and almost a competition of who jumps higher in the air. Can you imagine that old villagers in their 60s and 70s are that fit to dance like this?
That’s the sad reality…
Meanwhile, the REAL dances start to get forgotten (there are so many that we know only from the telling of 1-2 older villagers) or changed – and older generations often miss to transfer these music and dance heritage to the uninterested younger ones.
It is this reality that made us create our dance circle with our motto being: AUTHENTICITY!
Authenticity is our highest value – therefore when you join our dance classes or seminars, you will only see real dances and as they were / are danced in villages.
Our mission is to get to know with you the real facet of Greece and so that you learn all those gems that you can otherwise hardly find elsewhere.
Our philosophy is that a dance is more than just the steps – it all came alive influenced by the geography, social status, musical instruments, costumes, religion, customs etc. of that specific village!
Why are there many couple dances in the islands?
Why is the right arm underneath our right neighbour’s left arm with the crossed handhold?
Why did the Sarakatsans and Vlachs dance with slow and quiet steps?
Why does music in Rhodes, Kos or Karpathos resemble to Cretan music?
Plenty of questions – and plenty of answers…
During our dance classes, we encourage participants to notice the characteristics of the different dance regions and be able to recognize them when hearing a piece of music. And with the repetition of dances our aim is to make people remember some important details about the dance (why, where and when it is danced).
Our dance classes are lead by me, Erika Saradidis-Kalmar:
- I have over 22 years of Greek dance experience
- I’m a researcher of traditional Greek dances and author
- I attend numerous dance seminars with renowned teachers to further develop my skills
And if you’re passionate for dancing (even if you have no experience yet in Greek dances), learning and laughing, I would like to have you as member of our group!
Who Is Terpsichori?
Terpsichori or Terpsichora in its ancient name (meaning “she who appreciates dance”) was one of the nine muses in the Greek mythology, patron of lyric poetry and dance. In some accounts she was the mother of the half-bird, half-woman Sirens, whose father was the sea god Achelous or the river god Phorcys.
As we too appreciate Dance, and what more, dances from the birthplace of Terpsichori, hence the choice of name…