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The Dancing Department of “SKOUFAS” Association was founded in 1978 and began its activity with a mixed group of traditional dances. Since then it has given many performances in cities of Greece and abroad and has extracted a lot of honorary discriminations. The specific department is constituted by two main groups, the members of which are selected by the total number of its members. The first group is the mixed dancing group composed from 40 dancers aged 18 to 30, while the second one is the women's dancing group constituted by 30 women. There is also a section of learning of traditional Greek dances addressed to small children and adolescents.The dancing department maintains a collection of traditional uniforms (authentic and copies) from various regions of Greece as well as a collection of local songs and books of traditional music and folklore. The research team of the Association has already recorded the customs of our region. The main objective of the dancing department is the maintenance of traditional values, the promotion of culture through the organization of seminars, festivals, lectures and other events, the publication of articles, books and CDs or DVDs, as well as the sensitization of young people so that they contact with the Greek customs and tradition. It participates in cultural events that promote tradition; it also takes part in national anniversaries, local feasts, festivals of traditional dances and similar events. During the last 30 years of its operation, the dancing department of “SKOUFAS” has given numerous performances presenting dances and songs from all the regions of Greece; however emphasis is given on the region of Epirus. It has also been presented in festivals organized by several Municipalities and Prefectures. 

Faithful to its purposes, that is the maintenance and diffusion of Greek music and dancing tradition, the dancing department has been recognized at national level. Since 1996 it organizes successfully the music and dancing event entitled: “TRADITION-DANCE-SONG”. The latter is one of the most important cultural events of our region. Many cultural Associations from Greece or abroad as well as artists of traditional music take part in this event, which aims at the growth of friendship and collaboration between cultural Associations. 

The chairman of “SKOUFAS” Association, Ioannis Koutsoubas has been one of the teachers of the specific department and has contributed to its progress very much.