‘Keeping our culture alive’: Unley High School in SA hosts annual Greek Dance

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The Unley High School Greek Dance in South Australia saw over 160 people of both Greek and non-Greek backgrounds enjoy Hellenic culture, through food, song and dance.

The annual event, organised by the school’s Greek Parents Committee (GPC) with the help of students, took place on Saturday, September 10 at the Chian Association of South Australia hall in Rosewater.

The Greek Dance is a 30-year-old staple celebration of the school, taking place for well over 30 years. Due to COVID-19 cancellations, it was the first time in three years the event had gone ahead.

Attendees were treated to a series of dance performances by the students, a bouzouki performance by student Matthew Tripodi and live Greek music by band Music 3000 featuring Polyxeni.

During the official speeches, the school Principal, Greg Rolton, thanked the GPC for their ongoing commitment to supporting Greek culture and Unley High.

“The work you do in supporting the school is so important to each generation of students as they transition through our school,” he said.

“These celebrations are a positive constant in the lives of all our students and confirms that cultures are not different but just a special part of the make-up of Australian life.”

Speaking with The Greek Herald, GPC Chairperson, Ourania Ntafillis, said the night was a great success and was enjoyed by all who attended, whether Greek or not.

“The live band ‘Music 3000’ created an electric atmosphere and the Greek BBQ buffet prepared by the Chian Association was delicious,” she said.

“In true Greek spirit, the kefi was lively as the festivities carried on throughout the night. All were entertained by year 10 student Matthew Tripodi playing bouzouki while a group of 15 students performed traditional dances.”

Matthew said it was a “night to remember.”

“It’s extremely important to continue doing events like this because it brings everyone together and they are always fun. It’s also important to keep playing Laika and Rembetika because music genres like these are a dying art and getting as many people involved as possible will keep it alive,” the student added.

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