For this year's 15th IkariaDance & Language project in August (23-31)... a video dedicated to all those of you who have helped us all these years to grow and become the IkariaDance parea! We hope to be able to continue this cultural tourism project for many more years! Thank you Eirini Steirou for the wonderful work done and all your support. And a huge 'efharisto' to all friends dancers and dance teachers that help us each year to realize our dream: to dance and share life together in Ikaria!
Special thanks to….
… the musicians Kaiti Koullia, Dimitris Spanos, Christina Koutsiafti and Stavros Nikolaidis for all their support … and Sokratis Sinopoulos for the use of the music composition “Thrace”.
…Christos Theologos from ETEPO association (Ergastiri Tehnis ke Politismou) and our friends - dancers, who volunteer for the Project: Vassilis Sklapanis, Maria Labropoulou, Nikos Kouvaris, Stelios Yannousopoulos, Valia Papagianni, Nikos Politis, Efi Zouroulidou, Elina Tsopanidi, Emmanuela Kavvada, Vangelis Fratzis, Christodoulos Likourinou, Andreas Agouropoulos, Vasia Papageorgiou, Panagiotis Pangratis, Vassilis Alexopoulos, Maria Spanou, Pari Papageorgiou, Nikos Kontinakis as well as the dance teachers Anna Georgiou, Yorgos Elenis and Vangelis Tsarouchas.
…the friends and dance teachers Efthimios Evangelou from the association “Choros” in Samos, Ioannis Plagiotakis and Nikos Koufakis from the association “Chorospito” in Crete.
... all the other dance teachers that have helped us in our Project: special thanks to Elli Kazakou, Nikos Zournatzidis, Vasilis Dimitropoulos, Giorgos Ziogas, Apostolis Mariolas, Lefteris Kornarakis, Anna Georgiou and Giorgos Elenis, Yannis Megalakakis, Giorgos Gabierakis and their assistants.
…the language teachers Roxani Antoniadou, Layla Luffman, Avgi Pavlou and Eva Christodoulou for their help in the Greek Language Project which embraces the IkariaDance Project. (http://www.ikariagreeklanguage.gr/) And Nikos Graikos at Phonie Graphie for all his help for the language workshop.
… our friends in Cavos Bay Hotel (Despoina, Dimitris, Antigoni and Marina) and Ikaria Holidays (Dimitris Melis) agency for all their organizational support and all our wonderful friends in Ikaria who share this journey with us: Eirini Mavrogeorgi, Filippos Karimalis, Anta Karoutsou, Eirini Karoutsou, Eirini Tsapaliari, Vangelitsa Tsapaliari, Eleni Tsioli, Ursula Kastanias, Despoina Tsagka, Evgenia Tsantiri, Giorgis Georgopoulos, Popi Karnava, Toula Tsianti, Sotiris Koutsos, Brigilda Mourtai and their families. And the beloved musicians Lefteris Poulis, Yannis Loukos, Alexander Spietzing, Maria Pandelaki, Epaminondas Valsamis, Giorgos Stroupas and their bands...
... the friends of many dance associations all around the world that help us spread out the word for our work: special thanks to Yannakis Benetto from Hiphaistia association for all the work he has done for the video of the dances taught during the seminars of the first years and all the support from his association.
To Annick Van Steerteghem for all her support!
And to Caroline Simmonds, Martin Maier, Carmen Reimat and Larissa Rolley for the great encouragement in our first steps in 2004!
... our friend Kyriaki Iatropouli for the idea and Eirini Steirou for the implementation!
Our heartfelt thanks to Kostas Mousoutzanis for all his support. And to all our families who are there for us. And to Elena Passou for her friendship, her ideas and her help.
This video is dedicated to all friends who have participated in IkariaDance & Language Project and…
…to the memory of those who are no longer with us: Margot Beck, Abraham Yurman, Irini Benetto and our dearest friend Nicoletta Battistella who believed and supported this Project from the very beginning.
In our hearts they still dance with us every year…