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Dayton Greek Festival – Part II

Dayton Greek Festival 2012

Part II

Costumed Dancers at the Dayton Greek Festival - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Costumed Dancers at the Dayton Greek Festival – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

OPA! The Dayton Greek Festival is always teeming with the sounds, the sights, and the smells of the Greek isles. The Greek Tycoons are the longstanding “house” band of the Dayton Greek Festival. They serve up the dance music for all Greek dancers at the festival.

I was able to see the youngest group and the middle school aged group on my trip to this year’s festival. They both did a fabulous job and were entertaining as always.

The dancing at the Dayton Greek Festival is not limited to the costumed dancers. After every session of costumed dancers, the “dance floor” (or more correctly the dance lot), is opened for everyone to join in the Greek dance.

The Greek Tycoons at the Dayton Greek Festival - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

The Greek Tycoons at the Dayton Greek Festival – Dayton Photographer Alex (click image to see full photo)Sablan

The Greek Tycoons - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

The Greek Tycoons – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

Dancers at the Dayton Greek Festival - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Dancers at the Dayton Greek Festival – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

The dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of the gods. – Plato

“Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk dances are as alive today as they were in ancient times. Dance has always played an important role in the life of a Greek. It is an expression of human feelings and everyday life. The Greeks danced at religious festivals, ceremonies; they danced to ensure fertility; to prepare for war and to celebrate victories; they danced at weddings; to overcome depression and to cure physical illness. Almost every dance has a story to tell. ” – Anne Leonidou

Dayton Greek Festival – Part I: The Food

Dayton Greek Festival  – Part III: The Crowd Dancing

Dayton Greek Festival Dancers - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Dayton Greek Festival Dancers – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

This Dancer is Not Amused - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

This Dancer is Not Amused – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

A Peek - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

A Peek – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

Spinning - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Spinning – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

Leap - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Leap – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

Different - Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan

Different – Dayton Photographer Alex Sablan (click image to see full photo)

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