WORKSHOPS:Friday, October 6: 7:00-9:00pmSaturday, October 7: 9:03am-12:00 noon; 1:00pm-3:30pmOUR INSTRUCTORS:Aris Yortzidis-Material: Eastern and Central Macedonia
Aris Yortzidis has been Greek folk dancing since 1982. Originally from southern California, he was an active member of the dance program at his parish in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, CA. He also performed with various groups in southern California. In 1995 and until his departure from Southern California in 2000, Aris directed groups at St. George, Downey, CA; Sts. Constantine and Helen, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA; and St. Katherine, Redondo Beach, CA.
In 1996, Aris received a scholarship from the Metropolis of San Francisco Greek Orthodox Folk Dance Festival that provided him the opportunity to research the dances of Serres; the dances and traditions of his father’s village of Chrysochorafa (Gagauzika; where his father is from), Serres; the dances of the Vlachs of Serres; and the dances of Pontos in Serres, Katerini (w
here his mother is from), and Thessaloniki. He has continued his research and has obtained broad knowledge of the dances of Thrace, Macedonia, the islands, and other regions of Greece. He continues to present at s
eminars and serve as a consultant to performing groups. He also serves as a judge at several Greek folk dance events and competitions in the United S
tates (Folk Dance Festival,X Metropolis of San Francisco; Hellenic Dance Festival, Metropolis of Atlanta) He has also served as a judge at Americas Greek Dance Competition (in Chicago, IL), Parathosi (Direct Archdiocesan District in New York), and in South America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America).
Aris currently resides and works in the Washington, DC area and he is married to Anna Yortzidis, a native of Newport News, VA. They are the proud parents of Asimina, their young daughter and dancer in training. Aris and Anna are also co-founders of the Byzantio Greek Dance and Cultural Arts Program based in the Greater Metropolitan Washington, DC area (Web: byzantio.org | Twitter: @ByzantioDC | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ByzantioDC).
Material: Monastiri (Anatoliki Romilia)
Konstantine "Dean" Avdalas has been dancing and directing at FDF for 30 years. His passion and love for Greek culture has grown over this time leading him to develop exemplary skills as dancer, director, choreographer, and researcher. His main areas of research and interest include Epiros, Sarakatsan villages, and Megalo Monastiri (refugees residing in Neo Monastiri, Domokou, Thessalia). Specifically, he has presented groundbreaking work with the Albanian border villages of Northern Epiros and the customs of the Dodekaimerou in Neo Monastiri. His knowledge of Greek folk culture encompasses dances, songs, customs, and costuming. Over this time, he has been involved with FDF, he has amassed a vast collection of field research and music from all areas of Greece. He served as judge at the HDF in the Metropolis of Atlanta since 2011 and at the FDF in the Metropolis of San Francisco (2013). His greatest source of inspiration and drive for Greek dance excellence and preservation are his mother and father (may his memory be eternal).