Yvonne Hunt

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Yvonne Hunt 2006

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Yvonne Hunt is a member of several Greek as well as international music and dance societies and has appeared as a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. She has been teaching Greek dances at all levels  to American students since 1973 and has conducted extensive field research in Greece since 1975. She has organized and taught summer dance seminars in Greece since 1981 and has taught all over Europe. Yvonne teaches Greek dances from the Serres, but she also teaches dances from all over the country. Some of her special focuses include dances from Kythnos, Karpathos, and Kriti, as well as other islands.

In the United States, Yvonne danced with and directed the performing group Paniyiri. She also has directed quite a few children's or young adult's groups, including Akrites, Angelakia, Asterakia, Levendia, Pravo, and Souliotes.

Yvonne lived in Greece for 14 years, six of which she worked with The Society for the Dissemination of National Music as assistant to the director. She also taught at The Hellenic American Union and The Athens Center and danced briefly with the Lyceum Club of Greek Women in Athens.

Though not of Greek descent, Hunt speaks the language fluently and is considered one of the foremost authorities in folk material from that area. As a result, she's been asked to judge Greek folk competitions such as the annual Folk Dance Festival event in California. She also hosts a 10-day seminar on the Greek folk dances of Serres, Macedonia, every year and has written a book, Traditional Dance in Greek Culture, and produced a CD with Neal Sandler and Christos Govetas that features musicians from Flambouro, Serres, called Zourna Masters of Flambouro.

Yvonne has written articles for various publications as well as the liner notes for several CDs. In addition, she has directed numerous performing groups and has appeared on many Greek television productions of traditional music and dance.

Among Yvonne's various papers and publications are

A partial list of dances Yvonne has taught includes

Ipiros
Beratis, Boulonasena, Fezodhervenagas, Gaida Dhipli, I Kleftes, Kitsandonis (Katsandonis), Pogonisios (Sta Dyo), Sta Tria, Vasilarhondisa, Zagorisios.

Macedonia (Central and Western)
Dhimitroula, Eleno Mome, Gaida, Makedhonia (Florina and Dhrama), Melikes, Moustambeiko, Nizamikos, Pouscheno (Levendikos), Raikos, Tikfesko, Tis Marias, Trehatos, Yerondikos, Zaramo, Zavlitsena.

Macedonia (Eastern)
Aidin[i], Alaibey, Ali Klotska, Arap Havasi, Arnaouta or Arnaout Havasi, Babo Havasi, Baidouska (Flambouro, Haropo, Paliokastro, Sidhirokastro/Pondismeno, Skotoussa, Vamvakofyto), Chorapkes, Daoulari Chalar, Dhodeka Hronon Koritsi, Dhrama Havasi, Dhramtsko, Eleno Mome, Ena k'ena, Gaida (Eleonas, Flambouro, Haropo, Kimisi, Melenikitsi, Sidhirokastro, Skotoussa, Vamvakofyto), Ghalata, Hatzibeilik, Kalimera Ellinoudha, Kalino Mome, Kambano Dhimitroula, Kambano More Mitro, Karada, Krai Monastir[i] (Dhimitritsi, Vamvakofyto), Makedhonia , Mangoustar Havasi, Mavra Matia, Natzourkina, Ormanli, Patrouna Mome, S'afto to Spiti, Samsamarina (Tzigare), Selanik (Sidhirokastro, Veryi) , Seryiani, Shope Gaida, Steryio, Tayianos, Tenkouli, Trita Pota, Tsourapia, Vouroun Daoulari (Chaidanashaya), Yerikos.

Thessaly
Dailiana, Karagouna (from various villages), Klistos Argitheas (Krioneri, Petrilo), Sta Tria, Syrtos, Tsamiko Dheskatis, Tsamikos.

Thrace
Andaman Palikari, Baidouska, Bogdanos, Chestos, Daktirdi/Podharaki, Karsilamas, Koucheftos, Koulouriastos, Laisios, Mandilatos, S'tris, Sfarlis, Syngathistos, Syrtos, Syrtos Syngathistos, Syrtos-Hasapikos, Tapinos, Tremouliastos, Tripati, Zervos, Zonaradhikos.

Peloponnesos
Palio Maniatiko, Sta Tria, Syrtos/Kalamatianos, Tsakonikos, Tsamikos.

Pontos
Dhipat, Kots, Kotsangel, Kotsari, Lechina, Miteritsa, Omal Garasaris, Omal Karslidhikon, Omal Kerasoundeikon (Embro-pis), Omal Trapezoundeikon, Pipilomatena (Patoula), Sheranitsa, Tas, Tik Dhiplon, Tik Monon, Titara, and Trigona.