The ancient Greeks believed that dancing was invented by the Gods. The Gods offered this skill to only a few mortals who then taught dancing to their fellow men. Dancing in ancient Greece was held in high esteem. Along with reading and writing, dance was an important part of the educational regimen.
The ancient dances were characterized by dances of war and dances of peace and consisted of dances of theater, religion and worship, marital, and mourning. There are many similarities among ancient Greek dances and the dances of today; the way hands are held, the way the body is kept straight, the dancing formations followed by the dancers, the handkerchiefs and other objects the dancers carry while dancing.
Greek folk dancing is steeped in history and culture. The dancing tradition most likely originated in Crete around 1500 BC. Traditional dances are passed down from generation to generation because dancing embodies culture and is entertaining. Today dancing is included in many Greek celebrations, such as weddings, parties, and church celebrations such as our "Weekend in Greece" Festival. Greek dances are preserved because of people's love for dancing, regional customs, music, costumes, and efforts of local cultural organizations.
Saint Katherine's Dance Groups
Saint Katherine has five dance groups divided by age.
Ta Pethakia - pre-kindergarten and kindergarten aged children
Ta Asteria - 1st through 3rd grade aged children
Thavma - 4th and 5th grade aged children
Oli Mazi - 6th and 7th grade aged children
Glendi - high school aged children