At 8pm on the 28th of August, at the Aghia Irini Palm Beach Taverna an exciting event is being planned for all Greek people and Grecophiles on the island who support the important work of the Aegean Wildlife Hospital. To include: a Greek buffet (prepared to their usual high standards by Annemarie and Nikos at the Palm Beach Taverna), live Greek music, Greek dancing lessons by the "Master" himself, an art auction of "Cycladic Moments" and, of course, the very nicest company for a really enjoyable and fun evening.
The master of masters of Greek dancing, Vassilis Giakoumis, will teach everybody the three "musts" - the Hasapikos, Ballos and Zeibetikos as well as instruction in how to remember the most important steps. Since the legendary 1964 Michael Cacoyannis film of Nikos Kazantzakis' "Zorba the Greek", Vassilis is in great demand both as a solo dancer, but especially as teacher.
The man who made Anthony Quinn - given honourary Greek Citizenship for his role as Zorba - into a dancer will certainly be able to do the same for you!
Being such a unique teacher, Vassilis is invited to workshops all over the world. In summertime, he works on Mytilini, Samos, Crete and most of the Cycladic Islands, as well as for TV and films and with professionals at various universities.
It's a magical moment, as you stand there, believing that you'll never manage to look like Alexis Zorbas - and then - suddenly - you can dance. So if you've been longing for years to learn Greek dancing - this is your unique chance to do it. And through dance you can understand much more about the culture of Paros and the way of life of the Parian people.
As well as all the dancing, fun and delicious food, there will also be an exciting art auction. Peter Seibt has donated three original oil paintings out of his "Cycladic Moments" collection to the Wildlife Hospital. His work is in private collections in Japan as well as in the United States and Europe. Here is the opportunity to go home with one of his outstanding pieces at an affordable price (although not too affordable, we hope, for the sake of the Wildlife Hospital!)
So please do try to attend this unique event and tell as many others about it as you can. To reserve your seat, buffet and dancing lessons, call the Palm Beach Taverna on tel. 91424.
Tickets are available for 7,500 drs, to include everything (dancing lessons, art auction, buffet and drinks). Of this 5,000 per ticket will be donated to the Hospital.
Remember that our Wildlife Hospital on Paros is one of only two in the whole of Greece. It is not financed by the state or any other institution and so needs our support.