St. Demetrious Greek Dance Troupe

St. Demetrious Greek Dance Troupe
Cleveland Cultural Gardens Gala
Embassy Suites, Independence
October 28, 2022

The Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation (CCGF) hosted a Gala event Friday October 28, 2022. Members of the St. Demetrious Dance Troupe performed.

St. Demetrious Dance Troupe

St. Demetrious Dance Troupe

The goal of the dance troupe is "to preserve the rich musical and dance heritage of all the regions of Greece and the Greek diaspora by teaching our dancers the pride of performing, while also acting as ambassadors to the Greater Cleveland community."

CCGF President Dr. Wael Khoury introduced the dancers. The troupe first performed a dance from Island of Naxos in the Aegean.

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Next was a traditional dance from the Greek island of Kalymnos called Mihanikos, the dance of the mechanic. The dance depicts the crippling effects of decompression sickness caused by sponge diving, which was the main source of income on Kalymnos during the last half of the 19th century. This is shown by the leading dancer who (on the slow part of the music) seemingly has to struggle to stand and walk, and uses a stick in doing so.

St. Demetrious Dance Troupe dancing the mechanic

St. Demetrious Dance Troupe about to dance Mihanikos
Note the cane

They next performed a traditional dance from the Greek island of Icaria which derives its name from Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek mythology, who was believed to have fallen into the sea nearby while attempting to fly.

St Demetrious Greek Dance Troupe

Next was a traditional Greek men's dance from the Epiros region.

St. Demetrious Greek Dance Troupe leader

After describing the men's costumes, the popular and traditional Kalamatiano Greek dance was performed as a grand finale.

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