THE PERFORMER…Entertaining the entertainers – Television and motion picture personalities including Telly Savalas, Sammy Davis Jr, and others have been among Mr. Basdakis’ audiences. Other performances include: theater, television, conventions, public building inaugerations,festivals, benefits, weddings, public, and private clubs, and more.
THE DIRECTOR…Tens of thousands of people have seen exhibition groups directed by Mr. Basdakis perform over the years. The exhibition groups Mr. Basdakis has worked with include the Aegean, Olympian, Salona, Levendia, Apoffiti Olympian, Paramythia, Toumba!, Cathedral Dancers, Genesis and Ftu Ftu. Sammy Davis Jr., Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, Former Senator Alan Cranston, Former Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, and television personalities have been entertained by or have danced amoung his dance groups.
THE CHOREOGRAPHER…”Creative”, “Imaginative”, “Refreshing”, “Inspiring”, “Moving”, are how both critics and audiences have described Mr. Basdakis’ choreographies. Dances performed to the great musical compositions of Theodorakis, Zambetas, Hadjidakis and others have awed, entertained, amused, and even shocked audiences with powerful and dramatic interpretations of instrumental music both contemporary and traditional. Mr. Basdakis is one of the first Greek folk dance directors to successfully combine award-winning costumes along with music, song and dance, all live and on stage.
TRAINING THE TRAINERS…Many of Mr. Basdakis’ dancers have become reknowned Greek Dance Directors in their own right, including what might be the most award-winning dance group in America—the OLYMPIAN DANCERS of Long Beach, California—his former group, now directed by his former dancer(s).
YOUTUBE…GOOGLE “Basdakis Greek Dance” for a cultural vignette on Greek Dance aired on KDOC-TV