Ο Χρήστος, η Νατάσα, ο Αρίσταρχος, η Μαριάννα και τα υπόλοιπα μέλη της ομάδας 2πR σας προσκαλούν στα μαθήματα ελληνικών παραδοσιακών χορών που θα λαμβάνουν χώρα στην Ελληνική Κοινότητα του Άμστερνταμ. Read More
The purpose of the group is to spread Greek Traditional Dances and Customs to as many people as possible. That includes dance seminars and events, cultural nights, discussions and trips.
We are gathering every Sunday at 19.00.
Currently at De Wittenkade 111.
Plato explains the perfect circle, and how it is different from any drawing, words, definition or explanation.
The group is not restricted only to the duration of the classes. We often meet outside the class and strong connections have been formed among our members.
Through dancing we are able to express ourselves, forget our problems and enjoy life.
This is who we are.
2πR Greek Traditional Dances Amsterdam is a growing group of enthusiastic dancers of all levels and we would like to invite you to our weekly lessons! We teach a big variety of dances from all over Greece. You will learn to dance different styles and always receive your lessons with a smile. No experience necessary!
Each class begins with everyone (instructors and students) on the circle introducing themselves. Since in almost every class we welcome new students, its a nice opportunity to break the ice.
Next step is to learn the basic routine of each dance. This includes step counting, weight balance, fancy variations and of course the special details of each region/dance that makes them unique.
When the students become familiar with the steps, music comes in, in order to get the rhythm. In parallel, the instructors can show special variations/moves, so that the students can see a more advanced application of the dances.
At the end of each dance, additional information is provided about the lyrics or the history behind each dance and the students are able to ask any questions that they have.
Born and raised in Athens, Greece, having family origins from Stiri, Viotia, nearby Delphi region. Till the age of 25, I have lived in Greece with an interim year in Finland.
My first dance lessons, among other activities, began at the age of 8 and at my primary school. As a dance student I have participated in various dance seminars, groups and shows all around Greece which were organized by the best dance teachers, in that field. The memory I will always carry with me is my dancing participation at the closing ceremony of Athens 2004 Olympic Games. As a dance teacher, I have had the chance to transmit my knowledge, for 10 years now, to numerous students, in seminars and dance groups, in all three countries I’ve lived in. My main inspiration originates from three persons, my Teacher Giorgos Velissaropoulos, my father Thanasis Pastras and my grandfather Christos Pastras. They taught me how to “dance” my thoughts and feelings… Latest initiative is the 2πR – Greek Dances Amsterdam.
So I assume that I am dancing quite many years since I remember myself even in the kindergarten participating in traditional dances..there is evidence of course.. in albums haha. And finally let's talk seriously now.. the last 10 years I am dancing in dancing groups almost all kind of tradional dances from various regions of Greece. Of course the fact that my mother originates from Crete and I admired her while dancing played a key role in focusing on dances from this area. Whenever I dance I distress a lot it s kind of psychotherapy..I am crazy of course. Specially when I dance cretan dances I feel a lot of passion like sth drives me crazy above the limit.
Born in Ioannina and raised in Arta. My father (with origins from Athamanio and Agia Paraskevi of Arta, Epirus) met my mother (from Choristi of Drama-aka Tsataltza and Sfelinos of Serres, Macedonia) at the greek traditional dancing lessons of the University of Athens. Some years later, I was sent to the dance classes of a local club in Arta (Makrigiannis) when I was 7 y.o. and I am still trying to match my mother's eagerness and resilience in dancing.
I enjoy dances from all over Greece but particularly from Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace, Kreta as well as folk dances and dances from Asia minor. The latter I consider a heritage from my grandpa from Macedonia and from which I was named after.
I have been dancing for the last 24 years. My area of expertise is Pontos. Initially I was ‘pushed’ to this by my family when I was 4 years old because of our roots. In the end I loved it as I found out that I could express myself and take out all the tension I was gathering through the day. So I kept dancing…
My dancing addiction counts more than 23 years! I equally like all the greek traditional dances, nonetheless I cannot hide my particular love for the pontian & kappadokian dances. Dance is about-dancing-together, so I consider the dancing process a means of establishing life-term friendships, sharing wine, retsines, beers and souvlakia.
My name is Andreas and I fell into the Magic Potion when he was a Little Boy, just like Obelix. From that time on, I can't stop running, make people smile and organize events with live music and a lot of food.
I was born in Nea Smurni and that's why I support Panionios, the best and the most historic Greek club. I was a hooligan from a really young age, as you can see in the photo. In Amsterdam I work as pododontiatros (foot-dentist). I joined 2πR group because I am crazy and I like to see beautiful people.
Lived most of my life between Athens and Kythira. I had my first dancing steps at the Kytherian Brotherhood of Athens at the age of 6. Then moved to Kythira, where with the help of my gym instructor Vasilis Dafopoulos, I learned and loved a variety of dances from all over Greece.
Born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. I have lived in London, U.K for 11 years and then moved to Amsterdam. I have been inspired by my father with his passion for the Cyprus dances. I have been dancing Cypriot dances for the last 20 years. When I moved away from Cyprus I couldn’t make most of my traditional dancing passion. Luckily since I moved to Amsterdam I bridge this gap with 2PR. Now I am learning and enjoying different regional dances with a great team of people. Apart from dancing I contribute to 2PR with some artistic and graphic design help.
I come from Kalamata and this was where I had my first dancing lessons. I enjoy dancing especially when it comes to cretan dances. I was really happy to find 2pr in Amsterdam, meet great people and eventually continue my lessons.
What our friends are saying.
Op 4 september 1959 ben ik begonnen in Amsterdam met volksdansen internationaal waaronder 4 Griekse dansen. Na verschillende dansgroepen en 30 jaar optreden en les geven vond ik Joegoslavisch en Grieks het leukst waarvan Kreta mijn voorkeur heeft. Door de vele vakanties in Griekenland heb ik mijn dansen kunnen ‘verfijnen’. Dansen was en is nog een groot stuk van mijn leven.
In 1983 ben ik gestart met volksdansen internationaal met voorkeur dansen uit de balkan. Doordat ik veel in Griekenland was heb ik veel bijgeleerd en vooral op Kreta welke dansen mijn voorkeur hebben mede door de lyra muziek. Ook Pontiaka en Epirotika vind ik erg leuk. Tijdens het dansen heb ik ook mijn man Giorgos leren kennen waardoor wij vrijwel alles samen doen en het nog een belangrijk deel in ons leven is.
Lang geleden kocht ik op Kreta een bandje waar de pentozalis en malevisiotis opstonden. Ik werd verliefd op die muziek en had nooit gedacht dat ik erop zou leren dansen. Ongeveer 8jaar geleden kwam ik terug op Kreta en danste mee op een toeristenfeest, en werd er helemaal gelukkig van. Teruggekomen ben ik gaan zoeken om les te krijgen en kwam terecht bij de GGa waar Ton en ik bij Jur Andringa begonnen zijn. Ik vond het helemaal geweldig en deed ook workshops om uit te vinden wat ik het leukste vond. En wat bleek? de pentozalis en malevisiotis waren favorieten! Het grootste geluk was om in Griekenland te gaan dansen. Samen met de Grieken. Ik vond ook een favoriet onder de Kretenzer lyraspelers, Nikos Zoidakis. Heerlijke muziek vinden we het allebei en hebben zijn feesten al vaak bezocht waardoor we bekenden van hem zijn geworden. Maar ook leerden we andere artiesten waarderen om op Kreta te dansen. Na les gehad te hebben van Yannis Megalakakis heb ik nu les bij Christos Pastras en het voelt helemaal geweldig en ja, vooral het Kretens!
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During our classes, we teach dances from several greek regions and various greek cultural groups. Traditional dances and songs are considered integral part of every aspect of social life in Greece. Thus, in our group you will have the opportunity to learn dances related to entertainment, marriage, love, mourning, migration, harvest, carnival and other social and religious rituals.
In the map below, you can see a pin for each one of the dances that have been taught and their place of origin. When you click on them, you can see a representative video of each dance. Also, if you click on the top left button, a list of these dances will appear, divided into regions. Enjoy!
Our classes take place every Wednesday at De Wittenkade 111:
We teach different regions every week.
In order to cover the cost of running these classes, a small contribution is required:
|per lesson||10 €|
|annual subscription||100 €|
The annual subscription includes subscription to the
Greek Community Amsterdam.
There is 50% discount for students and 2nd family members
You can click here to download the registration form.
Check out our moments.
Here you can see some of our special moments.
(top) Vlad, Yannis, Teo, Nikos, Aris, Kleo, Konstantinos, Mary, Chara, Dimitra, Elmina
(middle) Katerina, Kelly, Natasa, Melina, Iason, Aaron, Zoe
(bottom) Nikos, Ergin, Manos, Christos, Dimitra, Yiota, Renia, Panagiota, Christina, Elli
Participants: Gousianas, Natasa, Klearchos, Panagiota, Christos, Katerina, Anna-Maria, Yannis, Yiota, Konstantinos, Silia, Manos, Vasiliki
During our participation in the ancient greek tragedy "Oedipus Rex"
Christos, Konstantinos, Klearchos, Aristarchos, Yannis, Ergin, Andreas (Iason)
One of our pentozali seminars
One Cretan Night we organized in cooperation with the Greek Community Amsterdam
At Greek Community Amsterdam
One of our outdoors lessons, combined with a sunny weather and barbeque
2πR @ Diemen
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