We are excited to announce that the 5th Figoura Masterclass shall be on Pontic dance.
Dances from Pontos are special and there aren't many people in the UK that teach them. Those that learn to correctly dance to Pontic music and dance become fixed on them and learn to love the small, quick, precise steps, arm swings, syncopated knee bends, and abrupt pauses.
‘Ευξεινος θαλασσα’ means ‘Welcoming Sea’ or ‘Hospitable Sea’ and was the name ancient Hellenic seafarers gave to the body of water we know as the Black Sea. Pontos eventually came to mean the North coast of Asia Minor between Sinope and Georgia.
This workshop will focus on some of the most popular Pontic dances as well as some lesser known dances from the region. They shall be taught by our lead dance Instructor, Jack Iacovou.
The masterclass will be suitable for beginners and improvers.
So if you are interested in learning Pontiac dances then you won't want to miss this.
Jack has a unique, easy to follow yet engaging way of teaching students which is what has made the Figoura School of Greek dance so successful, he has extensive knowledge of the dances from Pontos, and has been teaching Greek dances for over 25 years in London.
Jack will also teach you about the instruments used, the various local differences between the dances and also give you an overview of the male and female costumes.
If you are ready for an action packed 3.5 hours of energising music and dance taught by an experienced dance instructor and in a professional dance studio in the heart of London, then this is the masterclass for you.
Don't forget a bottle of water! You'll need it!
Date and time:
Sunday 24th November 2019, 14:30 - 18:00.
16 Balderton Street, London W1K 6TN
Only £35 for a limited time or £40 thereafter.
How to Register:
Simply head over to our enrolment page and sign up for the PONTIC MASTERCLASS.
Jack Iacovou - Lead Dance Instructor
About Jack Iacovou
Born and raised in London, Jack is a highly enthusiastic and passionate instructor, choreographer and performer, with over 30 years dance experience along with knowledge of a huge repertoire of dances and a member of the International Dance Council (CID).
Jack started formal training from the age of 8, and has built up a wealth of knowledge and dance styles from all over Greece, Cyprus, Asia Minor, (incl Pontus) and Northern Thrace.
Trained to performance level, he maintains his continued interest in Greek dance through teaching and performing. He has performed at various festivals and events both nationally and internationally representing Greece and Cyprus as well as on TV.
Jack established the Figoura School of Greek dance in 2013 where he spends most of his time teaching and is also actively involved in the Greek Folk Dance Festival, a project that brings together authentic music and dance.
Jack also choreographs the Figoura Performing group who have put on some spectacular Pontian dance sets around London.
Watch Jack together with the team perform in the video below.