The Cretan Dance Experience - OPA!
From costumes and music to extinct dances, the vision for this program focuses on advancing the history, symbolism, and fundamentals of Cretan folk dance.
- Local and international instructors with established credentials and expertise in Cretan folkdance
- An intensive 3-5 day workshop for dance instructors
- Learn the logistics and fundamentals of teaching authentic Cretan folkdances to your students.
- Become skilled in the subtle nuances and symbolism in the dances of Eastern, Middle and Western Crete.
- Become proficient in extinct dances and help keep Crete’s folkdance culture alive for future generations.
- Workshop culminates with a party (Glendi), and dance performances celebrating the joy and rich cultural heritage of Cretan folk dance.
Children, Teen & Adults Dance Education
- Three Groups: Ages 4-12, 13-19, and Adult Classes
- This three-day program teaches the four basic Cretan folk dances and regional variations.
- Students learn team building, fundamentals, structure, how to transition basic steps into advanced variations.
- Learn about costumes and their regional symbolism
Costume Pageant & Glendi
- An exquisite pageant of local dancers in traditional Cretan costumes performing dances from their region, set to narration and traditional Cretan music.