Alkis Raftis is the president of the International Dance Council at UNESCO, Paris. He is an avid dance researcher, with an emphasis in the ethnographic study of traditional Greek dance. Raftis attended the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) for the first time in 1991 when it was held in Seattle, WA.
If you’ve ever gone to a Greek Festival and wanted to join in the dancing but hesitated, Kayte Deloma, Los Angeles Travel Expert, has some tips that may make you feel more comfortable. While everyone is welcome to dance, her article on Greek Dance Etiquette, Fun with Folk Dancing advises you to follow a few basic rules to avoid stepping on any toes.
If every picture tells a story, each of these photo posters is a complete storybook. Images from a single Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) event were collected and posted on their own boards, which are stored by the Preovolos family. Many familiar faces in these individual photos, including people who are still involved with FDF. Besides being a Who’s Who of FDF for that year, the posters show what it was like off-stage at FDF. You can’t help but feel some of the excitement of those who were there.
Folk dance is not easily defined. In an article on the website of The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, European folk dances are described as typically being associated with “peasant” or “folk” communities, created in groups or alone and informally passed from generation to generation.
How do you get young people off their phones and into theatres, art galleries and dance performances? The San Francisco Ballet had an idea that worked, and it could be a blueprint for other arts organizations. In an article titled, Dancing with Millenials, How the SF Ballet Trended on Twitter, writer Muriel McDonald tells us why the Night at the Sensorium event was so successful.