People of Akropoditi Dance & Performing Arts Centre

ANGELIKI SIGOUROU

Artistic Direction and Administration

Born in Athens, in 1973. She holds a degree from the department of French Language and Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, a master’s degree in Linguistics of the Southeastern Mediterranean from the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean, and a PhD in Arabic Dialectology from the Department of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean. She studied the Arabic language in Greece, Egypt, and Jordan. She also studied acting at the “ARCHI” Drama School in Athens. She has attended various theatre and dance classes and seminars in Greece and abroad.
In 2004, she founded the Akropoditi Dancetheatre in Hermoupolis, Syros. Since then, she has directed and choreographed all the performances of Akropoditi. In January 2013, she founded Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre in Hermoupolis, Syros.
She has published two poetic compilations and her poems have been translated to English, French, German, Turkish and Arabic. She has translated and published literature and poetry works from French and Arabic.
She lives in Syros, where she has taken over the artistic direction of Akropoditi Dance & Performing Arts Centre. She is a member of the artistic board for the administration and the management of the International Dance & Performing Arts Festival Akropoditi DanceFest.
She also works as a choreographer and as a translator.

ARIADNI PHYSCHOGIOPOULOU

Artistic Direction and Administration

Born in Patras, in 1985. She studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has completed postgraduate studies at ILS College (Poona, India) on the subject of “Legal and Human Rights in Mental Health” and she is a member of the Greek Observatory for the Rights in Mental Health and the Greek Network for supporting people who decide to quit psychiatric drugs.
She graduated from the Greek State School of Dance in 2012 and worked as a teacher of classical and contemporary dance at various dance schools in Chalkidiki. She has also worked as a facilitator in camps for disabled people, children’s camps, a clinical guidance centre for children, and she has been engaged in creative home-based work for children with autism.
Since 2012 she has been a member of the Akropoditi Dance Theatre. As a dancer-performer, she has participated in all the performances of the Akropoditi Dancetheatre since 2012. She also worked with the choreographer Anmar Taha and his company, Iraqi Bodies.
She lives in Syros. Since January 2013 she has been teaching at the Akropoditi Dance & Performing Arts Centre, while at the same time being responsible for the artistic management of the Centre. She is a member of the artistic board for the administration and the management of the International Dance & Performing Arts Festival Akropoditi DanceFest.
In 2019, she coordinated the action “Madness: Living in”, a body-centred mental health action that was presented in Syros and Naxos.
She was one of the choreographers at the performance “Once upon a port…”

THALASSINI NOMIKOU

Thalassini was born in Athens in 1989 and has been involved in dance since a very young age. In 2011 she graduated from the “Niki Kontaxaki” Higher Professional Dance School, and she continued her studies for a year in New York, at the “Peridance Capezio Center”, where, in addition to her studies in classical ballet, she attended the “Intensive Professional Program” on modern dance technique “José Limón”.
She attends classes and workshops on classical ballet, contemporary and modern dance, improvisation, contact-partnering, yoga, Pilates, stretching, creative dance for children, dance for people with disabilities, dance therapy etc. in Greece and abroad.
She has performed in classical repertoire such as “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, “Nutcracker” and more.
She has been working with children since 2009. She has worked as an animator in creative childcare activities, as an entertainer at children’s events, and as a yoga teacher for children.
She has been a member of the Akropoditi Dancetheatre since 2013 and so far she has participated in the performance «Medusa».
He has been living in Syros since October 2013. She teaches classical and contemporary dance to children and adults at the Akropoditi Dance Centre.

MANDY PAPANDREOU

Born in Athens, in 1966. She graduated from the University of Athens, faculty Physical Education and she is a certificated teacher of Music and Dance education (Carl Orff system- Moraitis School Athens).
She has worked in private nursery schools, cultural and sports clubs, teaching children and adults music and dance, physical education, swimming and Greek traditional dances.
Since 1996 she has been working in Primary and Secondary Education schools as a physical education teacher, while implementing cultural projects and projects on Creative Movement-Modern Dance and Greek Traditional Dance.
Since 2002 she lives in Syros where she works as a physical educator in public secondary schools. In addition, she also works as a teacher of Creative Dance and Swimming in children and adults and as a personal trainer, implementing fitness programs in and out of the water.
She teaches «Orthosomiki» and Creative Dance at the Akropoditi Dance Centre.
She has attended courses in flauto dolce (Blockfloete), Greek traditional percussion, classical dance, flamengo, Jazz and Contemporary dance. She has also attended seminars in Rhythmic, mimetic, theatre movement and improvisation as well as seminars in different contemporary dance techniques and performance art (release, contact improvisation, partnering, acrobatics in dance, Creative dance, Butoh, Flying low and Passing through, Dance in water, Axis Syllabus.
She is member of the Akropoditi Dancetheatre since 2005. In the performance “Once upon a port…” apart from being a performer, she also participated as a choreographer ( 8ο Akropoditi Dancefest, Syros, 9 & 19 July 20121).

NABIL EL BARRAGE

Nabil el Barrage was born in Athens, Greece in 1982.  He made his first contact with sports at the age of five, including gymnastics and basketball. For many years he played football on a semi-professional level.
In 2009 he followed his passion for dance. Classical ballet, contemporary, improvisation and Japanese butoh technique are the dancing fields where he has been trained. Since 2010 he is a member of Akropoditi dancetheater team. He has participated in a variety of workshops and seminars in Aerial Yoga, Acro Yoga, Shiatsu massage, Tibetan Medicine, Vipassana meditation, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Capoeira, Non – Violence Communication and acting.
Apart from dancing in 2009 he was introduced into Yoga and the holistic therapy world. After years of practice in 2013 he got certified as a yoga teacher, from Anna Zorzou in YogaWorks system and stayed next to senior instructor Timo Himenez for three years. Teaching still intrigued him therefore in 2018 he completed the 1st level of training program Yoga for kids at Flower Kids Yoga. He constantly studies, attends courses and seminars around yoga.
He is grateful that traditional Thai massage enriched his life and that he had the opportunity to get trained under Sunshine House’s guidance.
Since 2013, he lives and works in Syros island as a Yoga instructor, Thai massage therapist and football coach while teaching and offering seminars all over Greece.

Ariadni Kitsou

She was born in Athens in 1993. She studied in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Education at the University of Patras. She graduated from the Greek National School of Dance in 2016 and since then she has worked as a classical and contemporary dance teacher at various dance schools in Athens.
She has also worked as an animator in creative activities for children, as well as a teacher in children’s camps and a yoga teacher for children.
Since 2014 she has collaborated with the Hellenic Dance Company under various performances presented at the Concert Hall, the Athens Epidaurus Festival, and has participated in performances at the Benaki Museum and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.
She lives in Syros. She works as a kindergarten teacher and since 2021 is a member of the Akropoditi group and teaches classical and contemporary dance at the Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre.

Konstantina Thanasouli

She was born in Naoussa in 1995. She is a graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering, AUTh. She also graduated from the Higher Professional Dance School of the Municipality of Thessaloniki in 2022. She has worked as a ballet and contemporary dance teacher in Naoussa and Thessaloniki. From 2020 onwards, she explores the combination of contemporary and traditional dance through teaching. She was a member of the company “L.Reducta dance project” from 2014 to 2019, taking part in various performances, at the Dimitria festival and at the festival of Greek choreographers in Thessaloniki. She directed and choreographed the TreeβιαL and No.39-41 video dance projects which have been screened at international festivals. She is the youngest member of the Akropoditi team joining it in 2022.

Xeni Kottaki

She was born in Rhodes in 1993 and grew up in Thessaloniki. She is a graduate from the Department of Products & Systems Design Engineering of the University of Aegean and in 2022 she also obtained her diploma from the Professional Dance School of the Municipality of Thessaloniki.
She has collaborated as a performer with various choreographers such as Angeliki Sigourou, Anmar Taha, Stella Mastorosteriou, Alexandros Anastasiadis ‘Greco’, Calero Durán Clara, Rósa Ómarsdóttir etc. in various performances and video dance projects in Greece and abroad. She has attended seminars and courses on contemporary dance techniques, choreography, improvisation, physical and dance theatre, singing, Axis Syllabus, Skinner Releasing Technique and continues to do so.
She is particularly interested in choreography and in June ‘23 she presented at Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre the progress of her choreographic research on attention and intention entitled “I would prefer not to.”
She currently lives in Syros, teaching contemporary dance and classical ballet to children at Akropoditi Dance and Performing Arts Centre and she is a member of Akropoditi Dancetheatre Company, having performed in the productions ‘Punishment’ (2017) and ‘glossa [γlósa]’ (2018).

Niki Stergiou

Niki Stergiou has born and raised in Athens. She studied at the Higher School of Dance “Niki Kontaxaki” attending ballet and contemporary dance classes.
In 2010, she meets Contact Improvisation, and she starts studying and practicing this dance form that has change her life. At the same time, she also studied somatics, authentic movement, instant composition, and improvisation. She attended a series of Axis Syllabus workshops with Frey Faust, Francesca Pedulla, Antoine Ragot. She has taken part in Contact Improvisation workshops and courses in Greece and abroad with Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Ray Chung, Martin Keogh Angela Doniy, Benno Voorham, Yaniv Mintzer and others great teachers and has participated in many Contact Improvisation festivals in Germany, Ukraine, Italy, Spain, and Greece.
In 2012, she took part to the performance “Mind the walls” (Brighton Fringe Festival, UK) and the performance “Present bodies in Contact” (co-creation of the choreographers Ch. Klissiouni and T. Nikolopoulou). Since then, she started performing in formal and informal contexts dedicated to Contact Improvisation and Instant Composition and she had a permanent collaboration with the choreographer Teti Nikolopoulou and her dancing group “Enniamorfo”.
Since 2014 she started offering classes and workshops of Contact Improvisation and organizing jams and workshops with teachers from abroad. In September 2015 she participated in the 1st Meeting of Greek Teachers of Contact Improvisation. The summer of 2022, she was trained and certified in ContaKids method by the founder, Itay Iatuv, in Belgrade (Serbia). She lives in Syros Island and is a mother of two children.

Christina Rokou

Born in 1968 in Athens, she studied internal design and advertising and dealt with the making of handcrafted gifts. After years of practice, she decided to pursue a professional career in Yoga. In 2012, she completed the teaching program in Hatha Yoga, the fundamental and primary form of yoga, at Yoga Studio, Maroussi, with the Master of Yoga Olga Alexiou and in 2013 she completed her training in Yoga for children, at Rainbow Yoga Kids Certified. Since 2012, she has been working as a Yoga instructor in Athens from which the last seven years at Syros. She also teaches exercises to adults over 60 years of age. With her experience, beyond the classic yoga system, she emphasizes on physical and mental wellness and mixes her technique with fitness exercises and pilates.

MARIA MENTI MERMIGI

She was born in 1982 in Athens. After graduating from Panteion University and the Department of Social Anthropology, she travelled abroad (Barcelona, Holland, Berlin), attending courses and seminars in contemporary dance, improvisation, and choreography. Returning to Greece, she attended and completed the BA in dance performance at IEK Akmi in collaboration with Roehampton University and supervised by Anna Sanchez-Goldberg. In 2010 she started teaching contemporary dance in various studios in Athens (Art act area, Perfect Massin, 14th day). In fact, from 2014 to 2020, she co-managed the dance and Pilates studio Scoop Move in Petralona, where she continued to teach dance classes. She has participated in several performances in the festival of Greek choreographers, MCF, Rabbithole theatre, etc. On the occasion of an injury, around 2012, she came into contact with Iyengar yoga and its practice, which appreciated the most and brought into her daily routine. Since then, she has attended regular yoga classes with Xenia Themeli in Athens. She has also attended seminars with Kate Beck and Ali Dashti. In 2021 she started attending online courses with Ali Dashti. Her goal is as long as she teaches not to stop being taught.

MARY VARTHALITOU

She was born in Syros, in 1990. Graduated from the professional dance school Anna Petrova & Maro Marmarinou in 2015. During her studies, she did hip hop and took classes and seminars on popping, locking, house, heels, twerk, dancehall, commercial and new style. Also had other seminars on contemporary dance and all the classes of modern theatre ISTD.

VASSO GIANNAKOPOULOU

She was born in Athens, Greece in 1971 and is currently working as a choreographer and Feldenkrais practitioner. Starting at a young age, she studied dance at the State School of Dance and the Virtual Arts Center where she graduated.  She completed a four-year course on the Feldenkrais method and has received a two-year training in Reflexology/ Natural Health Science. Being constantly inspired by motion, she has dedicated herself to the research of the human body and its proper function. Since 1990 her career has been enriched with her participation in international productions and teaching of modern dance. In 2003 she started her career as choreographer presenting her work in the International Dance Festivals of Athens and Kalamata. As a choreographer and producer, she founded the “Dalika Dance Company” and took part in dance festivals in Greece and abroad. She colaborated with D. Papaioannou and formed part of his choreographic team in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games 2004 and in the closing ceremony of the first European Games in Baku Azerbaijan 2015. She is a founding member of the Dance Association of Greece, “Syndesmos Chorou”, with which she has carried out a number of projects. She is the leading choreographer in a series of theater plays, guiding the actors on stage, not only using her experience as a choreographer but also her expertise on the Feldenkrais method. As a certified Feldenkrais practitioner, she gives group (ATMs) and individual (FI) classes in Athens and Siros. She also organizes seminars worldwide.

ANTHOULA CHAIROPOULOU

Anthoula Chairopoulou was born in Thessaloniki in 1988 and at a very young age started competing as a professional athlete in artistic gymnastics. She participated in the Olympic games of Athens 2004. She is a graduate with honors of the Drama School of the Athens Conservatory, a graduate of the School of Physical Education and Sports Sciences with specialization in Orchestral art, and a student of the postgraduate program “Theatre in Education” of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has attended modern dance seminars and classes and has been taught acrobatics and balance technique in Moscow with Leonidi Arkaef. Since 2009 she has been working as a teacher/gymnast of acrobatics and artistic gymnastics for children and adults. She has also been giving dancing classes for children and adults teaching dances from all over the world. Since 2016 she has been working as an actress. She is a member of the self-organized music-theatre group Adespotes Skyles (Stray Bitches) with which has presented performances and plays in Greece and abroad. Since 2016 she has also been organizing theater workshops and teaching for amateur actors. Her first writing and directing work was presented at the Apollon theater of Syros in 2019 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. From 2019 to the present day, she has also been working as a director and a choreographer in theatrical plays.

VIVI SKLIA

Design, Promotion & Communication

Born in Athens, in 1988. She graduated from the Department of Products and Systems Design Engineering at the University of the Aegean.
She is a member of the Akropoditi Dancetheatre since 2007 and works for Akropoditi Design Team since 2011.
She has been attending dance courses and workshops since 2006. As a dancer-performer she has participated in all the performances of Akropoditi Dancetheatre since 2008. She has also worked with various choreographers as Calero Durán Clara, Rósa Ómarsdóttir, Panayiotis Tofi, etc.
She lives in Syros where she works in collaboration with Akropoditi Dance & Performing Arts Centre as designer and in parallel she is responsible for the advertising and the visual & web promotion.

EFTYHIA PANOPOULOU

She was born in Athens, in 1985.  From the age of three she started playing music and dancing. She studied classical guitar and piano and after many years of exposure in classical, contemporary and traditional dance, she shifted her music interests in traditional instruments studying turkish saz, kanun, greek baglama and bendir.
She has been teaching music to children for over 15 years and has also specialized in Music Therapy and Music Education in United Kingdom. Since 2004, she sings and plays music professionally while continues to attend seminars on movement, Holistic therapy, sound development and music techniques.

ANNA MAVROPOULOU

Born in 1985, in Patras. In 2003 she moved to Syros, she graduated from the Department of product and systems Design engineering, of the Aegean University, and then she started to work as a freelancer graphic designer.
Her interest in a more artistic and practical approach to the design process, as well as her involvement with theater and cinema, led her to study stage and costume Design at the Vakalo College in 2015-16, under the guidance of Andreas Sarantopoulos.
Meanwhile, in 2012 she started practicing Yoga and in 2014 she attended seminars for trainers in Vinyasa Flow and she taught for a year in a small Partner and Vinyasa Yoga classes in Patras.
Since then she has been participated in lessons and seminars of Ashtanga, Iyengar and aerial acrobatics (aerial hoop, silks). In April 2019, she completed the 200 hours teacher training of Yoga Works.
Since 2018 she has been living again in Syros.

Dimitris Baltas

Born in Karditsa in 1982. He holds a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering. Ηis current research, as a PhD Candidate at the University of the Aegean, Products & Systems Design Engineering, is focusing on Interactive Dance Performances. His postgraduate studies include the fields of Interactive Media, Lighting Design and Digital Arts. Since 2005, he has studied contemporary dance in studios in Athens and London. He has also participated in workshops and seminars on acting. In 2014 he started training on aerial acrobatics. He has participated in performances as an actor, dancer, and acrobat. Since 2019 he is teaching aerial acrobatics in various studios in Athens. In May 2019, he presented his first choreography on aerial rope, Working Class, for the 1st Summer Circus Cabaret, Roes Theater, Athens. He has presented video and installations in festivals in Greece and abroad. He has been awarded for the co-creation of the video dance project Please Don’t Tell at the Faggio Doc Festival 2020. As a lighting designer, he has designed and curated the lighting for theater, dance performances and art installations for the National Theater, M. Cacoyannis Foundation etc. He is a member of the Apparatus group of artists. Since 2021, he is based in Syros.

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