OPA! Wise Words from the Greeks

In Ancient Greece, dancing was held as an elegant feat. Orchestrated ballets emulated heroic events while rustic dances celebrated the arrival of spring. Dance continues to play a prominent role in Modern Greek life with many ancient dances translating from polytheistic rituals to Greek Orthodox celebrations. Pagan or orthodox, discover the three things we can learn from this ancient Greek tradition.

Travelers of Istanbul: leaving behind a cultural legacy

Once at the heart of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, travelers from all corners of the world made their marks, leaving behind a rich, diverse cultural heritage. One group of travelers in particular, known as the Chengis, left their artistic footprints on Turkish belly dance, the more dynamic version of the traditional Middle Eastern dance.