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Dancing all the way from New York City

Something very cool is happening at the Technopolis 20 cultural centre in Paphos on Sunday, with a live performance by a couple of dancers based in a certain American city of which it’s often said that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

That’s right folks, two professional dancers, Ann-Sylvia Clark and Georgios Pillas, will be coming to us straight from New York to dance it out on the Technopolis 20 stage to some swing, funk and jazz rhythms performed by Spyros Socratous on double bass, Stefani Neofytou and Michaela Papalla on voice, and Maria Pilla on the keyboards.

Clark and Pillas’ dance moves will bring the music to life, give us a chance to see footwork from another continent, and also make us feel as if the live music is moving through our bodies too. It could be an emotional and energised night for those who understand the power of dance, and a night full of harmony and melody for all of us.

As the two dancers will be coming all the way from the Big Apple, we should know a little more about them.

Clark, who grew up in Norway, began gymnastics at the age of five. Together with her fellow gymnasts, Clark travelled all over Norway and Europe, but in her teenage years she began to show more of an interest towards dance and was accepted into Flow dance academy in Copenhagen.

When she moved to New York, she continued her training at Broadway dance centre, and has since performed in shows and dance music videos for various artists like Alicia Keys, Styles P. F. Stokes and Ben L’ Oncle Soul. A highlight of her career was when she performed with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams at the 2006 MTV European Music Awards.

In 2009 she became a member of the hip-hop theatrical company Decadance Theatre. As part of the theatre group she has toured America, Britain and Russia. She has also performed on a number of television programmes in America.

Joining Clark will be Pillas, who started his dance training in Paphos at the age of 10. At 18 he relocated to The Netherlands where he studied at Fontys Dance Academy. While studying at the academy, he travelled to Barcelona, Paris, and Brussels, where he participated in various dance workshops, festivals and shows that showcased different forms of dance.

The dancer moved to New York to continue his training at the Broadway Dance Centre through the International Student Visa Programme and graduated in 2010.

He has performed with the Greek Culture Centre of New York, Pratt University, Arthur Murray Dance Studios and many more. He has also competed in professional dance competitions and was awarded in the Hustle Dance competition in 2015. Apart from dancing to entertain – and for the fun of it sometimes – he is also a dance instructor.

Bringing Music to Life
Music and dance performance with Ann-Sylvia Clark and Georgios Pillas. August 21. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

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