Given that every CULTURESCOPE episode comes packed with goodies, each standalone segment merits revisiting.
In this video, taken from Season 1, Episode 10 of CULTURESCOPE, host of the popular web series Paul Lambis interviews the veteran Cyprus choreographer and teacher of dance, Antigoni Tasouri.
“I started dancing when I was four, in the UK,” she recalls of her start in the terpsichorean art, “and then, gradually, all of this discipline – I was doing ballet, tap and modern – motivated me to become a professional dancer.”
Later, leaving Britain for Cyprus, her early passion for dance would lead to a successful career, spanning three decades. Flash forward to today, and Tasouri continues to be an ambassador for her art, nurturing important life skills in her students through her own dance academy in Nicosia.
“You don’t have to be a professional dancer to join a dance school, because dance school can give you so much confidence through all disciplines of dance and musical theatre,” she explains.
“In my academy, I have students that they come with a lot of difficulties in expression, or they come here because they love [dance] and I need to find their inside world and bring it out.
“It’s not just making good dancers, it’s making good characters and good people, and, through dance, you can do all this.”
Meanwhile, harnessing what she describes as the “magic of theatre” the musicals put on by her academy always offer an inspiring blend of teamwork and continuously elevated performance and production standards.
As for Tasouri’s choreographic inspiration… it flows to her from her everyday life, both professional and personal, she says, arising from the joy of family and motherhood, and the pride taken in her students’ own successes.
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