Dance Biography

I was born February 1967 in the village of Chimadio, in the prefecture of Kilkis. My father comes from Euxine Pontus (Black Sea) and my mother from Thrace. As a child of immigrant parents l grew up with my grandparents in the village. Although growing up without my parents was hard, it allowed me to be raised in a traditional environment. My grandparents taught me the dialect of Pontus (pontiaka) which I adore and I learned how to dance the traditional dances in their authentic form, as people used to dance at fairs, weddings and private parties.

In 1977 my parents returned from Germany and we moved to Diavata, a district of Thessaloniki. In February 1980 I became a member of the newly established Society of Pontus “Alexandros Ipsilantis”. Nikos Kiriakidis was my dance teacher! I attended three-hour classes twice a week. 1986 I began to serve in the army, but that did not keep me from dancing. On the contrary, I had the chance to learn other Greek traditional dances from my colleagues.

In 1994 I married and we moved to Germany. After 5 years of adapting to the new circumstances, in February 2000 I became a teacher at the dancing association “Hellas Waldniel” (Viersen). At that time, I also taught at “Griechische Gemeinde Mönchengladbach”, Volkshochschule (adult education center) Essen and Mönchengladbach too, Frauenverein “Elektra” (Mönchengladbach), the “Griechische Gemeinde Ratingen”, the dancing groups “ZWAR” (Mönchengladbach), the dancing group “HELLENA” Tanzkreis Mönchengladbach and also the dancing groups in Düsseldorf and Forstwald (Krefeld). At the same time, I also hold seminars in diferent cities of Germany, Austria and Belgium. Since July 2008 I have been a member of the International Dance Council (CID) and received in the same year my certificate from the Dance Theatre DORA STRATOY in Athens.

Since 2016 I work exclusively as a dance teacher.

This is my dance life in a few words !!