Greek for a day…

IMG_2832Dana and I had so much fun last year at the Greek Funstival (St. Sophia Church, San Antonio) that we had to return again this year. NOBODY could ever guess that we were not 100% Greek…

Opa!

Opa!

I remeber Daddy Bub's Greek fisherman's hat...

I remember Daddy Bub's Greek fisherman's hat...

Before we left, Leicalady researched Greek dance steps and even studied her notes on the way there. Actually I got sick of hearing “one step to the right, cross with your left, swing to the right, three steps to the right,cross with the left, step back – repeat”. It made me dizzy.

Practice makes perfect...

Practice makes perfect...

Step to the right...

Step to the right...

Cross with your left...

Cross with your left...

We arrived and the festivities were well on their way…IMG_2833Leicalady needed one moreĀ  little accent…IMG_9320The tradition of music in Greece goes back thousands of years. It is part of a national heritage treasured by the Greek people like a precious heirloom from ancient Greece, since this divine gift was entrusted to them by Apollo and the patron Muse, Terpsichore, presided over their dances.
To this very day, music is an inseparable part of Greek life. In his dances and songs, the Greek gives vent to his dramatic expression to glorify his joys, to wallow in his sorrows, and above all, to record his inspirations, the history, and the lore of his people, and to store up legends and folktales.
Greek folk music is a superb combination of elements of ancient Greek music, a theoretical basis of scales and rhythm forms, some oriental influence, perhaps as a result of the expeditions of Alexander the Great, fused together under some mannered conditions from Byzantine life and the post-Byzantium ages. It is definitely, with very few exceptions, entirely free of any of the characteristics found in Western music.

The dancers and their costumes were wonderful…

All the kids were such good sports...

All the kids were such good sports...

This would not look good on me...

This would not look good on me...

Boys will be boys...

Boys will be boys...

Just about ready...

Just about ready...

The folk dances of Greece are accompanied by music played on traditional instruments and sometimes also with a song. The dances, for the most part, fall into two classifications: the very lively Pidiktos and the more restrained Syrtos. The Pidiktos is a jumping and leaping dance, the Syrtos, a smooth flowing, dragging dance. Another category is the mixed dances where they alternate from Syrtos to Pidiktos and back again. The most common trait, however, is that they begin slow and quaint and then build to the leaping and jumping dances…

They were oerfect...

They were perfect...

The little ones watched and learned...

The little ones watched and learned...

They made it look so easy...

They made it look so easy...

After seeing the dancers Dana decided she needed some professional instruction so she enlisted the help of one of the locals. He was thrilled to offer his help…

"Forget your notes and just follow me"

"Forget your notes and just follow me"

Soon others were joining in...

Soon others were joining in...

OPA!

OPA!

She stole my hat!

She stole my hat!

It was really a fun day! I am sure we will return next year and dance the night away…

St. Sophia...San Antonio

St. Sophia...San Antonio

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~ by leicaman on October 18, 2009.

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