The initial day one introductions were over and any apprehension had now well and truly melted away.
With the ice broken, our visitors were feeling more relaxed in their new surroundings!
Joining in lessons with your buddy is great fun and students feel more confident integrating into normal classroom activities. Buddies help their new friends settle into South Australian school life; by showing them around the school and making lots of introductions.
So, let’s turn our attention to Greek dancing! OPA!
FACT: Greeks love to dance!
Greece is one of the few countries in which folk dancing is as popular today as it was at its inception. From the islands of Crete to Thrace, each region has their own unique folk dances, some more popular than others.
Music and dance are among the most beautiful parts of life and, throughout history, music has played a key part in almost everything that Greeks did.
Whether it’s fast, slow, or medium paced – there is nobody that can stop themselves from jumping off their seat and joining a circle of friends to the sound of Greek music!
Traditional Greek dancing has a primarily social function. It brings the community together at key points of the year, such as Easter, the grape harvest or patronal festivals; and at key points in the lives of individuals and families, such as weddings.
Folk dances were most commonly held in lieu of grand and extravagant celebrations, and were also used in wartime preparations as a means to give soldiers the confidence they needed before going out to battle.
Plato himself wrote that “The dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of the gods.”