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With an impressive sold-out dance concert held on Sunday, November 5, 2021 at the Parks Theatre in Angle Park, the Greek Lyceum of South Australia marked the 200th Anniversary from the beginning of the Greek Revolution. 

The concert titled ‘Footsteps Through Time: A Celebration of Greek History and Independence through dance’ was supported by the state government and showcased ancient, traditional and contemporary Greek dances and choreography performed by the organisation’s students aged from 3 to 21 years old.

In her opening speech, Greek Lyceum of SA Chairperson, Theodora Ekonomopoulos said that the organisation’s vision is to keep strengthening and fostering the young generation’s connection to the Greek community and culture.

“We want to see our organisation grow and the students who are part of it to remain engaged and learn more about dance and culture. This is what makes us proud,” Ms Ekonomopoulos told The Greek Herald.

From L to R: Greek Lyceum of SA dance students George, Poli, Isabella and Patrick

Standing behind the scenes, beside their teachers Alexandra and Marie, dancers Isabella, Poli, George and Patrick said they feel proud for being able to bring history and independence on the stage and help keep the tradition alive. 

“Being a part of the culture is great and knowing what your ancestors have been through and what they achieved and being able to show it through dance is amazing,” said George who has been part of the Greek Lyceum dance group for nearly 10 years.

“I can’t speak Greek but I started dancing and it really helped me connect with my own culture. It’s fun and a good way to make friends,” added Isabella. 

The organisation currently has 40 students in three different dance groups (junior, intermediate and senior). 

“Anyone who is interested in learning about the Greek culture and dance is more than welcome to be part of the Greek Lyceum,” said Ms Ekonomopoulos.

*Photos: The Greek Herald/Argyro Vourdoumpa

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