Greek Dance

Among the Greeks, both ancient and modern, every aspect of life is expressed through dance. They have dances of sorrow and joy, dances to celebrate life, and dances of death.

This workshop offers a choice of two dances. The Syrto, (pronounced seer-toe), is a line dance for as many as will. It expresses the joy of life and is danced by both men and women together, a rarity, as Greece is still a highly segregated society.

The second dance offered is the Misirlou (pronounced miss-er-loo), a women’s dance of sorrow and death. It was danced off the cliffs into the sea when their cities fell to the enemy, and the women did not wish to be taken as slaves. This dance expressed sorrow for the loss of both their men and their city.

Tames has had a passion for dance most of her life. She has trained and performed in a variety of dance styles all over the West Coast. Throughout her performing career, she danced with the Oregon State Ballet, Newcastle English Country Dancers, the Veil of Isis Dancers (Middle Eastern with an emphasis on modern Egyptian), Elliott Bay Morris Dancers, and the Ballard Locks Long Sword Team. She is an avid contra dancer and enjoys waltzing and swing dancing with her husband.

Tames studied theater and history at Willamette University in Oregon, and theater at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and Dell Arte School in California. More recently, she has been a speaker for the Washington State Commission for the Humanities in their Inquiring Minds series.