COMELA 2022 Lykeion Ellinidon Dance Performance

The Lykeion ton Hellenidon (Lyceum Club of Greek Women) was founded in 1911 by Callirrhoe Siganou-Parren, a pioneer of the feminist movement in Greece and the country’s first woman journalist. It is a volunteer organization, which, in the 100 years of its existence, has played an active and important role in the preservation and presentation of Greek cultural traditions and folk customs. Not less important has been the Club’s social contribution, especially in the domain of adult education for women and the defence of women’s rights.

Today it maintains its dynamic presence in Greek society thanks to the voluntary service of its many dedicated members in Athens, in its 50 Branches all over Greece and in its 16 Bureaus abroad. The latter are particularly appreciated by the Greeks of the Diaspora, who see in the Lykeion a living link with the land of their origin and a “treasurer” of their ethnic traditions and cultural heritage.

The Lyceum’s spacious and pleasant premises in the centre of Athens and in the suburbs welcome, each year, more than 2,500 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 18, who are given the opportunity to become acquainted with and participate in the national dance tradition as it is preserved in the Greek countryside.

Although it is best known for its activities in the field of Greek folk dancing, the Lykeion also offers other courses combining learning and recreation, such as choral singing, eurhythmics and instruction in the playing of traditional Greek folk instruments.

Ιn its endeavour to preserve and disseminate Greek traditional music, the Lyceum has produced several long-playing records, cassettes and compact disks, which, besides constituting valuable documentary material, have proved to be a very useful aid in the teaching of Greek folk dances. Ιn 1991, the Lyceum Club of Greek Women initiated a series of seminars for teachers of Greek folk dancing, as well as a programme of courses in the conservation of traditional costumes, funded by the Ε.U.; while, in 2003, the Ministry of Education entrusted it with the task of carrying out a pilot project entitled “Greek Folk Dancing in Schools”.

Explore a sampling of the rich dance traditions of Greece. Dressed in elaborate regional attire, the troupe will share their dances, and Irene Savas, Bring your questions and join in and try a few dance steps at The SOAS GLOCAL COMELA 2022 Conference.