In line with club’s objective to foster Cretan culture and traditions, the Cretan Brotherhood runs a Dance School in which traditional Cretan dancing is taught to children from as young as 3 years of age up to youth and adults. It caters for all skill levels from beginners to advanced performers.
Dance classes are held on Tuesday evenings at the Cretan Brotherhood’s premises. The classes are run by a dedicated team of volunteer teachers in a family-friendly, supportive and caring environment. The emphasis is on enjoyment and engendering the Cretan camaraderie and spirit between the dance students. The more advanced students routinely and willingly spend one-on-one time with the beginners to help them fast-track their learning.
In addition to dancing, the students learn about Cretan “mantinades”, colloquial language, costume and other traditions.
The School’s dance groups are regularly invited to perform publicly in traditional Cretan costume at community festivals, commemorations, functions, schools, aged care centres and other public performances – including the Antipodes Festival and Battle of Crete commemorations. In July 2013, a selection of youth performed at the World Council of Cretan Convention in Chania, Crete. The students also participate in marches for Greek National Day and the Battle of Crete.
To participate in the Dance School, it is a requirement that students are members of the Cretan Brotherhood.