FOLK DANCE SOCIETY “TEGEA”
The Folk Dance Society “Tegea” is a cultural, non-profit organization, founded in 1994 as a branch of the Tripolis “Lykeio Ellinidon” (Lyceum of Greek Women), which became an independent entity in 1997.
The Group’s mission is the instruction of traditional folk dances and holding of cultural events for the purpose of promoting and spreading national heritage beyond Arcadia. Members include both children and adults from all Tegea villages.
The “Tegea” Folk Dance Society is sponsored mainly by the “Michail N. Stassinopoulos - Viohalco Public Benefit Foundation”, memberships, state subsidies and private donations.
The Dance Society has participated in numerous events, some important of which are the following:
- Performed at the Herod Atticus Theatre in Athens on the occasion of the event organized by the Prefecture of Arcadia in honor of the Arcadian Spirit in 2001.
- Danced and sang at the wine festival of Embona in Rhodes.
- In 2004 participated in the events of the Municipality of Tripolis for the anniversary of its liberation.
- Took part at the reception of the Olympic Torchlight during its procession through Tripolis and Tegea in May of 2004.
- Attended a 3-day Festival in Lovetch, Bulgaria.
- Represented Greece at the cultural events of Eurorando 2001 organized by the European Union of Hiking in Strasbourg.
- Danced on Constitution Square in Athens on the occasion of the “Hike for Life 2002” event for the fight against breast cancer.
- Participated at the “Armata 2002” cultural events in Spetses.
- Joined in at the folk song event with renowned Domna Samiou at Stadio Tegea, at the festival of folk dancing in the summer of 2003 in Cephalonia, and at events organized by the Municipalities of Dodoni and Monemvassia.
The Group attended several events in 2009, the most important being:
- the New Year's Event of the Foundation,
- presentation of "Peloponnisos' folk costumes of the last two centuries" by Ms. Pasteli
- "To my Beloved Mother" - its annual performance
- 3rd meeting of all Peloponnisians at Aigio
- 1st Folk Dance meeting at Palaia Episkopi Tegea
Traditional Costumes Collection
The Society maintains a large collection of authentic traditional costumes from various parts of the country, which is regularly enriched.
Special emphasis has been given to the study and promotion of the local traditional costume “Mavrofoustano” (Black Dress) which dates back to 1830. It is a sleeveless dress, open in the front, and fitted in the waist of the pleated skirt. All its beauty lies on the red felt hem with colorfully embroidered designs. The two edges of the hem are lifted up to the waist showing the white underskirt, which is also embroidered about the same length as the black dress. There are also gold embroidered jackets worn with the dress as well as an apron in front. A red brimless hat with a silk tassel was later added to the costume.