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About Vas Aligiannis

Lead Dance Instructor

Passionate and experienced lead dance instructor/researcher for over 33 years, specialising in Greek Dance.

Thrace Program
Greek Church



Sydney University

Master of Teaching Degree

Accredited High School teacher with a Masters Degree in Education.

Major in History, English Literature and Minor in Drama Studies.


Greek Dance Workshops - Greece

Dance workshop ENXORO organised by Yiannis Prantzidis and Babis Moutselos
Dance workshops organised by the Xenia Dance Association in Kalamata
Gatherings & Dance workshops 1-7 organised by Kostas Mitsis in Preveza (Summer workshops)
Dance Workshops organised by BAKXOS Dance Association
Dance workshops organised by ‘KYKLOS Thessaloniki’
Dance workshops organised by Mary Markaki Seminars in Crete
Dance workshops organised by KEPEM in Athens
Dance workshops organised by ‘SERRA’ under Nikos Zournatzidis (Pontian)
Dance workshops & village visits organised by EPILLINIOS.
Summer dance workshops organised by Dora Stratou Dance Theatre, Athens.


Greek Streets

My personal research

My lifelong passion for Greek folk dance has led me on a remarkable journey of exploration and discovery throughout Greece. With over twenty five visits to this captivating country, I have immersed myself in its diverse regions, delving into the rich tapestry of its folk dance traditions. Through a meticulous blend of research and firsthand experience, my methodology encompasses a multifaceted approach aimed at uncovering the cultural nuances and significance of Greek folk dance.


In essence, my research into Greek folk dance is a labor of love, fuelled by a deep-seated admiration for the beauty and resilience of this cherished tradition. Through my interdisciplinary approach and immersive experiences, I strive to illuminate the cultural significance of folk dance in Greece and contribute to its preservation for future generations to embrace and enjoy.




My research methodology is characterised by its comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature, drawing upon elements of musicology, anthropology, and ethnography. Each trip to Greece involves meticulous planning, as I meticulously research areas and regions of interest, seeking out villages and local communities where folk dance traditions thrive. Upon arrival, I engage in immersive experiences, participating in festivals, workshops, and cultural events that celebrate Greek heritage.



Exploration of Villages and Locals

In my quest to understand Greek folk dance, I actively seek out opportunities to connect with villagers and locals who embody these traditions. By immersing myself in their communities, I gain firsthand knowledge of the customs, rituals, and social dynamics that underpin folk dance practices. I document these experiences through video recordings, photographs, and field notes, capturing the essence of daily life and cultural expression.



Recording Interviews

A crucial aspect of my research involves the recording of interviews with key figures in the field of Greek folk dance. From local dancers and instructors to cultural experts and historians, these interviews serve as invaluable sources of insight into the origins, practices, and evolution of folk dance in Greece. Through these conversations, I aim to preserve oral histories and capture the diverse perspectives that shape this cherished cultural tradition. I also participate in one on one lessons of dance and learn these steps from firsthand.



Engagement with Cultural Organisations

Throughout my research journey, I have forged meaningful connections with key organisations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Greek folk dance. From the Lykeion Ellinidon to KEPEM (Center for Research on Greek Dance), Dora Stratou Greek Dance Theater and the Domna Samiou Foundation, I have collaborated with esteemed institutions that share my passion for safeguarding Greece's cultural heritage. Through these partnerships, I have access to resources, expertise, and networks that enrich my research endeavours. I have also made some amazing connections with people involved in Greek dance e.g. Alkis Raftis, Lefteris Drandakis and Kostas Mitsis.


Regions Researched Specifically

Arkadia / Messinia, in the Peloponnese.
Naousa and the Boules Dromena in Macedonia.
Syrrako, Tzoumerka Region, in Epirus.
Konitsa and the Mastorohoria Region, in Epirus.
Roumlouki Imathias, in Macedonia.
Kalymnos/Leros, in the Dodecanese Islands.
Palia Roumata Village, outside Chania, in Crete



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