This event will be presented exclusively in Greek
Location: Greek Centre, Mezzanine, 168 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
Date: Tuesday, 17th of May 2016, 7:00pm
Presenters: Maria Bougiesi
The importance of physical activity in improving the human’s quality of life and health is widely recognized and scientifically proven. According to the World Health Organization, Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and notmerely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Hellenic folk dance is connected with Hellenic tradition and, at the same time, consists of a form of exercise which is appropriate for all ages, all body types, requires no special equipment, and combines music, song and rhythmically repeated movement.
Ms Bougiesi present Greek folk dance as one of the best forms of exercise for social, physical and mental well-being
Maria has been involved in Hellenic-Greek dance since her childhood. ‘Greek dance is one of the most secure and complete ways for exercise and socialization that lead to physical and mental harmony and has been created from daily people’s life’ as she refers.
She graduated from the D.P.E.E. (Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences) at the University οf Thessaly, Greece, after which she continued with her Master in ‘Psychology of Exercise’ in Greece, Finland and Belgium. Her love and interest in her chosen subject led her to a Doctorate in the field of mental health, dance and exercise, that took place at the University of Thessaly, Greece as well as at the University οf Magdeburg, Germany where she focused on the improvement of cognitive function parameters through dance and exercise in older adults.
During her studies, Maria taught Greek dance in Greece and abroad with people of all ages and facilitated seminars as the main advisor. Both her scientific knowledge and her practical experience offer another perspective to Greek dance, using it for well-being promotion in all ages. Her research interests are focused on the emotional intelligence, anxiety, self-esteem, parameters of cognitive function and quality of life.
She has involved in many conferences with innovative presentations and has published research papers related to Greek dance at European and World conferences. Moreover, she has attended European dance and dance therapy seminars and has organized dance festivals with groups of all ages. As she refers:
‘Our life is a dance whose rhythm and melody are up to us’.
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