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Information: Kyriakos Moisidis, teacher of Greek dance.
Kyriakos Moisidis was born in 1968 in Prohoma, Thessaloniki. He has been studying traditional dances since 1975 and teaching since 1989.
In 1983 he formed a dancing team and in 1985 he taught dances to the smaller children of the team. In 1986, his study of the traditional dances of Greece became more intense. He became a member of the dancing team that drew their material from various parts of Greece, such as Crete. This dance team gave many presentations in Greece and abroad.
He studied Business Administration at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, graduating in 1991. In 1991, he served in the military in Sparta and in Nicosia (Cyprus). In both of these cities, he taught Pontic dances. In Nicosia he organized a dance team in his battalion and formed Eldyk. This group participated in events and feasts in Cyprus and was on public television in Cyprus. He took Physical Education and Athletics with a major in traditional Greek dance at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki.
In 1992, he was released from the army and from then until 1997 he worked as an importer of electric appliances, being responsible for marketing in Northern Greece. In 1997 he abandoned marketing to dedicate his time to the research of traditional dance. The Association of Native of the Pont (Goymenissas), the Association of Pont's Inhabitants (Chalkidiki), the Club Naoussa (Eyxeinos), the Cultural Association of New Agionerioy (Misti), the Cultural Association (Xirochorioy), the Cultural Association (Kryonerioy), and the Association of Natives of the Pont and Friends (Oraiokastroy) are a few of the institutions that have asked him to teach dances in their dancing departments.
In 1999, he graduated from the Department of Science of Physics Education and Sports of the Aristotelian University in Thessaloniki.
In the summer of 2000, he organized his first ten-day seminar of Greek dances with individuals participating from many countries. Each year since, he has successfully put on this seminar.
In 2003, he received his degree with speciality in traditional dance. Simultaneously, he taught seminars in Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, and of course in Greece.
In September 2005, with fifty other people, he founded the Centre of Study of Traditional Dances. During the same period, he taught traditional dances at the Department of Music and Arts of the University Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
Kyriakos tries to increase his knowledge by attending many seminars taking courses. His big passion, of course, remains the primary research in which he has invested a lot of time. He possesses an important file of music, videos, and books that are related to traditional dance.
Kyriakos teaches many seminars both in Greece and abroad. He resides in Thessaloniki, and speaks both English and German.
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