Posted by: Joseph J. Skarzenski | July 25, 2009

Wrapping up the first school week

Receiving a background on Greek folk dance from Dora Stratou, International Dance Council, and IOFA Greece president, Alkis C. Raftis

Receiving a background on Greek folk dance from Dora Stratou, International Dance Council, and IOFA Greece president, Alkis C. Raftis

Students eagerly went to class today to conclude their first week of school in Athens. Following class we all returned to our apartments to prepare for a very entertaining night.

The Journey to Greece Program for 2009 has been very fortunate to receive additional assistance from the National Hellenic Society to provide additional program support for our students. This year, The NHS’s new partnership with the AHEPA Journey to Greece means more rewarding programs for our students.

The first benefit to our students has been the addition of a ” NHS Dora Stratou Night.” Our students were provided with a private seminar from the President of Dora Stratou, Mr.Alkis Raftis. In additon, students were shown some of the antique costume collection, that dates back up to 150 years. The seminar was followed by a private dance lesson for all of the JTG students.  Finally, after the lesson, our students attended the performance of the Dora Stratou Dancers.  The evening was topped off with a traditional Taverna Night at the famous plaka restuarant, “Stamatopoulos.” A special evening with such a rewarding experience.

Following a long fun-filled night, we returned home to get some sleep. Tomorrow morning we leave for a day cruise, where we will be visiting the Saronic islands Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.

Again, thank you for your patience with the delay in posts the last two days. Internet service at the university and its apartments has been a little problematic, so please bare with any future lag.

To view photos from today’s events which include our Dora Stratou visit and dinner out, click the link below:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39885149@N06/sets/72157621813836326/show/

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