What do you get when you combine some hip-shaking moves along with Greek music, laughter and fun? The answer is Melbourne’s newest Greek trend, Tsifteteli Pump.
Held every Monday at 6.30 pm, this fun class is a mix of Tsifteteli and an aerobic workout in one and has finally come to ‘Little Athens’- the heart of Oakleigh.
Leading the class is instructor Voula Kornaros (Kotsiras), who has more than 15 years’ experience in Greek dancing.
Her classes are high energy, filled with the latest Greek tunes and all about having great fun while working out.
Tuesdays will also be ‘pumped-up’ now, starting the 8th December at the Cretan Brotherhood in Brunswick at 8.15pm.
The program’s philosophy is all about loving your workout and being able to express yourself to great Greek music through dance.
“Boy what a workout it is! Everyone is always smiling and sweating, who would have thought that’s even possible,” Mrs Kornaros tells Neos Kosmos.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive and the project is receiving much support from the local community.”
Pareskevas Kontopoulos (known as Parumba) runs classes all over Greece and Europe where the steps are free-style and have no specific choreography, thus allowing the participant freedom of expression via dance.
In a one exclusive night only Paraskevas meets Paraskevi (Tsifteteli Pump-Voula Kotsiras) where 20% of all ticket sales will go directly towards ESTIA Foundation of Australia (Sydney) and AGAPI Care Incorporated (Melbourne), aiding in the costs towards supported accommodation services for young Greek-Australian adults with intellectual and physical disabilities which are causes close to Parumbas heart.
To join in the fun night of PARUMBA with the man himself, Pareskevas, head down to Masonic Hall, Drummond St Oakleigh on Thursday 3 December at 7pm. Tickets $30 and available through Tsifteteli Pump visit them on facebook or tickets sold at the door.
For more information head to www.facebook.com/Tsiftetelipump