Workshops

WORKSHOPS:
Friday, October 6:  7:00-9:00pm
Saturday, October 7:  9:03am-12:00 noon; 1:00pm-3:30pm
OUR INSTRUCTORS:

Dean Avdalas-

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).



Joe Graziosi-

Material:  Epiros

Joe Kaloyanides Graziosi, of Greek and Italian ancestry, grew up in the Boston area and graduated with a degree in History from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. With a mania for Greek music and dance from an early age, Joe has done extensive research on regional dance in Greece and among Greek communities in the U.S. He has taught throughout the world for community groups and at major folk dance camps, including the Balkan Music and Dance Workshops since 1982. He was a co-founder of New York's Greek American Folklore Society (GAFS) along with its director, Paul Ginis, where he taught throughout the decade of the 80s. Joe has taught and introduced people to Greek dance in Taiwan, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and England and has taught regularly in Japan since 1990, and returned there again in 2017. Joe has also given talks on traditional Greek music and dance for the ethnomusicology departments at UCLA and UCSB. He has served as judge and advisor for the west coast Greek Orthodox (San Francisco Metropolis) Folk Dance Festival (FDF) since 1984, and judge and advisor for the Atlanta Metropolis’ Hellenic Dance Festival (HDF) for numerous years. He is, along with Ahmet Luleci, co-founder of the annual World Music & Dance Camp, now in Iroquois Springs, NY.