Spring 2017
From the Editor

Finding time to read the good stuff.

By Julie Lancaster

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Scholarship Recipients

Iroquois Springs 2016: Nicholas Athanasatos

By Nicholas Athanasatos, Spring 2017
Nicholas Athanasatos

Nicholas Athanasatos

Location: Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Occupation: I currently attend school in Tampa, studying microbiology at the University of South Florida.

Connection to Balkan music/dance: I am part of the Saint Nicholas dance ministry, Levendia, dancing, performing and instructing Greek folk dance in and outside of the group. Outside of the group, I have taught dance to other dance groups as well as in conjunction with the city of Tarpon Springs.

Number of times at Balkan camp: This past summer was my first time attending Balkan camp, and it was a beyond expectations, fantastic experience.

Studied at camp: At camp, I wanted to make the most of the experience, not focusing on one thing, but attending both dance and music workshops of various cultures. If there was one thing I focused on it was the violin, which is my biggest passion.

Memorable moment at camp: The whole experience of Balkan camp is one that I will never forget. The most lasting impression is just the feeling of joy throughout the period of camp due to the constant music and dance. Also, the people and instructors I met blew my mind, probably the most enthusiastic and passionate people I have ever met, definitely my kind of people, just exuding with kefi. I cannot pinpoint one experience to call my favorite, but the scene with all the ensembles playing was a highlight of the week, especially for someone who has not had much experience playing with other musicians. The camp was an experience that I must repeat again very soon.

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