Qantas Socceroos Squad Announcement

Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck has named a 19-player squad for the upcoming international friendly match against the Korea Republic at the Hwaseong Stadium, Hwaseong in the Korea Republic on Wednesday 14 November 2012 (kick-off 7:00pm local, 9:00pm AEDT).

Receiving their first call up to the Qantas Socceroos squad are Hyundai A-League players Tom Rogic (Central Coast Mariners) and Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart) along with overseas-based player Eli Babalj (FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, Serbia).

Returning to the Qantas Socceroos squad after varying times of absence are Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt 1899, Germany), Mathew Ryan (Central Coast Mariners) and Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory).

Should he take the field against the Korea Republic, Carl Valeri will make his 50th

A-International appearance for the Qantas Socceroos.

Check out the rest of the squad here.
Watch the match live at 9pm (AEDT) on Fox Sports.

Μάρκος Μάρκου: Παρουσιάζει το «Papadopoulos and Sons» στην Θεσσαλονίκη

Μάρκος Μάρκου: Παρουσιάζει το «Papadopoulos and Sons» στην Θεσσαλονίκη

Η ταινία «Papadopoulos and Sons» είναι η πρώτη μεγάλου μήκους ταινία του ελληνοκυπριακής καταγωγής Άγγλου σκηνοθέτη, Μάρκου Μάρκου η οποία παρουσιάζεται σήμερα στο 53ο Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου Θεσσαλονίκης.

Το φιλμ αυτό σχολιάζει την οικονομική κρίση και την αξία των οικογενειακών δεσμών.

Ο Μάρκος Μάρκου γεννήθηκε στο Μπέρμιγχαμ, αλλά δεν ξέχασε ποτέ τις ελληνοκυπριακές ρίζες του.

Όσο για το σενάριο της ταινίας;

Ένας ελληνικής καταγωγής επιχειρηματίας της Αγγλίας, ο Χάρι Παπαδόπουλος, ενώ είχε καταφέρει να στήσει μια… αυτοκρατορία, χάνει τα πάντα.

Τελικά το μόνο που του έχει μείνει είναι η οικογένειά του και αυτό θα το καταλάβει στην πράξη.

Μια οικογενειακή επιχείρηση fish’n’chips θα σημάνει μια νέα αφετηρία για εκείνον από το μηδέν και ο αδερφός του θα σταθεί στο πλευρό και θα τον βοηθήσει να σταθεί και πάλι στα πόδια του.

Λίτσα Γιαγκούση: Επιστρέφει δυναμικά στην πίστα

Λίτσα Γιαγκούση: Επιστρέφει δυναμικά στην πίστα

Η Λίτσα Γιαγκούση επιστρέφει στην νυχτερινή ζωή της Αθήνας.

Η τραγουδίστρια από την Κυριακή 11 Νοεμβρίου θα εμφανίζεται στο «Noiz club» στο Γκάζι. Με την χαρακτηριστική χροιά στη φωνή της έχει επάξια κερδίσει τη δική της θέση στο λαϊκό τραγούδι.

Θα μας χαρίσει μια νύχτα γεμάτη κέφι και αληθινής διασκέδασης με τις μεγάλες της επιτυχίες “Όταν μια γυναίκα”, “Χαλάλι σου”, “Χιλιόμετρα”, “Όταν βλέπω αεροπλάνο”, “Απιστία”, “Μια δεκάρα δε αξίζει η αγάπη σου”, “Κέρνα Φαρμάκι”, “Άστο μην ορκίζεσαι”, “Πάρα πολύ” κ.α αλλά και πολλά γνωστά λαϊκά τραγούδια.

Δεν είναι μόνο η ερμηνεία αλλά το αστείρευτο κέφι της και η επικοινωνία της με τον κόσμο, που την κάνουν ανεπανάληπτη.

Greek Editor Vaxevanis on Tax Scandal ‘Many Friends of Leading Politicians Are on the List’


Greek editor Kostas Vaxevanis: "A majority of Greeks are being squeezed by austerity measures while the elite are bunkering their money abroad."

Greek editor Kostas Vaxevanis: “A majority of Greeks are being squeezed by austerity measures while the elite are bunkering their money abroad.”

Police arrested Kostas Vaxevanis at the end of October for publishing the names of hundreds of rich Greeks suspected of tax evasion, only to be released a short time later. He tells SPIEGEL that Greek politicians are complicit in the scam and seek to pass laws to retroactively legalize tax offenses.

SPIEGEL: Were you surprised when you were arrested for publishing a list of names of people suspected of evading taxes?


Vaxevanis:Yes I was. Dozens of police surrounded my house as though I were a dangerous criminal. But three different governments have done all they could to make sure that this list remains secret. There had frequently been rumors, but nobody wanted to take the risk of naming names. It is absurd: A majority of Greeks are being squeezed by austerity measures while the elite are bunkering their money abroad.SPIEGEL: The public prosecutor has now asked parliament to investigate further to determine if politicians were guilty of failing to pursue tax evasion.

Vaxevanis: The only problem is that many friends of leading politicians are on the list. Everyone is connected with everyone.

SPIEGEL: What makes you so sure that this is indeed the so-called “Lagarde List,” the collection of names of HSBC account holders that then-French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde handed to Greece in 2010?

Vaxevanis:Not even our politicians dispute the authenticity of the list. First, we called the owners of shipping companies, who are allowed to hold large quantities of money in offshore accounts. They confirmed the list contents. We spoke with HSBC employees and then called people to see how they reacted. Parliamentarian Giorgos Voulgarakis denied everything even though there is evidence that he failed to declare large sums of money being held in a Swiss bank account. An advisor to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told us that, as a lawyer, he was managing the money for someone else. There are peculiar networks.SPIEGEL: Do you think that the lax approach to tax-code violations will now change?

Vaxevanis: Germany used the Lagarde List to go after tax evaders, as did France and Spain. But in Greece, the list simply disappeared. Why? Because everyone here is complicit: politicians, business leaders and journalists. Laws are passed here that retroactively legalize violations. Evangelos Venizelos, head of the socialist PASOK party, is an expert in the discipline. But nobody writes about it.

Interview by Julia Amalia Heyer

Blake Lazarus’ Greek Odyssey in one of his two appearances in the NRL for the Wests Tigers

Source: NRL

Blake Lazarus in one of his two appearances in the NRL for the Wests Tigers. Copyright: NRL Photos

The mercury is high, the humidity intense, we are a mere stone’s throw away from the Sydney Football Stadium yet miles away from the dizzying heights of the NRL. Welcome to the life of former Wests Tiger Blake Lazarus now working as a personal trainer.

Far from being disappointed at his two appearances in Rugby League’s premier competition, the nephew of five-time premiership winner Glenn is more than content with his newfound career.

The 24-year-old is no stranger to gruelling preseason fitness workouts and is putting that knowledge to good use, battering your correspondent to almost total exhaustion. While his former first-grade teammates enter their first week of Rugby League’s equivalent of bootcamp, Lazarus is the one in charge, dishing out the pain. He has been up since 5am, his first client was at 5:30am and he has more sessions to run after we are finished too.

“I’m happy doing my personal training and I may go back and play with the Entrance Tigers,” Lazarus tells

“The hardest thing with footy is you are always competing against someone. It is tough and you don’t get any younger, you have to accept it at the end of the day there are a lot of young kids coming through and you are all vying for a position.

“I have no regrets, I had a few injuries, but I really love the personal training, despite the early starts.”

Lazarus has just returned from a trip to Vanuatu to represent Greece, which he describes as the best Rugby League tour he has ever been involved in.

The ground wasn’t packed to the rafters; it was packed to the tree branches and rooftops, with locals cramming in and finding any vantage point to watch this emerging sport.

The curtain-raiser to the international saw two local Vanuatu teams clash, big boys making even bigger hits. They hope to have their own league up and running soon too. It is a very humble beginning, but they aim to make a real fist of Rugby League.

“Vanuatu is doing some great things over there with Rugby League,” Lazarus enthuses.

“They are trying to start a competition over there, so the curtain-raiser was two local teams – they had some big fellas and they were putting on massive hits.

“There were about 5,000 fans there to watch us play and there were people hanging from trees watching the game and on rooftops, it was amazing. I hadn’t seen anything like it.”

While his famous uncle represented Australia 29 times, it had been discovered that both Glenn and Blake had Greek ancestry. And while the thought of Blake representing Greece had seemed a little strange at first, this is how emerging nations grow the game.

It all started with a phone call from Rugby League News Magazine editor Terry Liberopoulos to Newtown enquiring whether Blake would be interested in playing.

The rest they say is history.

Without Liberopoulos, Lazarus says Greece wouldn’t have a Rugby League team.

“They had done a bit of research behind my heritage and my background and they found some Greek heritage,” he said.

“I didn’t know too much about it to be honest, but Terry had approached Glenn about it a few years back at a dinner.

“If they don’t have the heritage players playing, they wouldn’t have a team to start with. So it is a big thing for them.”

Lazarus found himself playing alongside Queensland Cup players, boys from the country and guys who had represented Greece in 2003. It was a similar story for the Vanuatu team.

But for three days, they were embraced as superstars – Rugby League royalty.

“The Vanuatu people were so welcoming and they love their Rugby League,” Lazarus recalls.

“There were Broncos jerseys and NSW Cup jerseys and a few other NRL jerseys being worn, it was awesome.

“Some of the hits in the game were huge too, just as big as I’ve seen in the NRL.

“They had a couple of Queensland Cup players who were of Vanuatu heritage and a few of the local players. The standard of the game was really good; the first 25 minutes were hard and fast.

“Sure it might have dropped away in the second-half, but it was still a pretty good game of footy. They definitely have a lot to work with.”

For the record Greece were victorious 24-14, Lazarus finished with a try and three conversions.

But as players completed their third lap of the ground after the game to make sure they had shook hands with every single spectator who had turned up, not leaving the ground until more than two hours after the full-time siren had sounded, it could aptly be said that Rugby League was the real winner.

As for Blake, he’ll continue to train and torture would-be fitness enthusiasts under a scorching sun, and will happily put his hand-up to keep representing Greece if he gets the call from coach Steve Georgallis – a man he believes should be a head-coach in the NRL – but that’s another story.

A Rose Bay walkathon for Greek welfare

Source: Wentworth-courier

Andrew Boucas creates a Byzantine Cross for the Greek Church in Rose Bay as part of fundraising efforts for the Greek Welfare Centre.

Andrew Boucas creates a Byzantine Cross for the Greek Church in Rose Bay as part of fundraising efforts for the Greek Welfare Centre.

GREEK delicacies were a welcome reward for those who took part in the Rose Bay walkathon for the Greek Welfare Centre on Sunday.

More than 600 people took part in the walkathon which was hosted by the Greek Orthodox Parish of St George, Rose Bay.

Woollahra mayor Andrew Petrie and state opposition local government spokeswoman Sophie Cotsis joined other local councillors and walkers in the fundraising event.

Funds raised will go towards a range of community and aged care services.

From Jewboy to Greek drama – Dead Europe, adapted from Christos Tsiolkas’s

Source: Jewishnews


AUSTRALIAN filmmaker Tony Krawitz was catapulted into the international limelight in 2005 when his short film Jewboy premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

Now his first feature film, Dead Europe, adapted from Christos Tsiolkas’s controversial novel, is set to make him a household name, especially in Jewish homes.

Jewboy was set in Sydney’s ultra-Orthodox community and was based on Krawitz’s own experiences driving taxis when he was a university student.

While Dead Europe has its dark heart and central mystery in the persecution of Jews over the centuries, culminating in the Holocaust, it is set around a gay, non-Jewish, Australian-born photographer of Greek heritage named Isaac (Ewen Leslie from Jewboy), who travels to Europe to take back his father’s ashes.

“As a Jew I’m really fascinated by my culture,” says Krawitz, who lives in Sydney. “From the amazing stories and experiences of the Jewish people over the ages and in contemporary culture, there’s a rich well to draw upon.

“I found Dead Europe interesting because it was about Jews, and in a sense the Holocaust, about hatred and especially anti-Semitism. It was written in a way that I hadn’t come across before.”

Tsiolkas’s novels are multi-layered and powerful, and like The Slap, which was made into a hit TV mini-series by the ABC, Dead Europe viscerally probes beneath the surface of all its characters.

It was this quality in the storytelling that excited Krawitz, and made him want to turn Dead Europe into a film.

“It reminded me a lot of Greek tragedy, or even biblical stories such as Job, or ‘I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.’ Those really old, ancient ideas and beliefs really inspired me to make the book into a film,” he says.

“What really underpins the story is a powerful scream for human rights. Christos began writing Dead Europe when the wars in the former Yugoslavia broke out. He was shocked that this kind of inhumanity could be happening again on European soil. It reminded people again of World War II. But at the end of the day what really moved me is that Dead Europe is a gripping read.”

As adapted by Krawitz and his collaborators – Oscar-winning producer Emile Sherman and actress turned writer Louise Fox – the film is different in many ways from Tsiolkas’s novel, which combines two narratives: a fairytale that takes place in a Greek village before and after World War II, and a second story which takes place in the present.

In Krawitz’s film, these two stories are blended, and Isaac’s hallucinogenic descent into the horrors of the past makes for riveting cinema.

Krawitz was born in South Africa and migrated with his family to Australia in 1987, aged 19. With memories embedded in his consciousness of his maternal German-Jewish grandparents, who were forced to flee Berlin in 1935, Krawitz was impressed with Tsiolkas’s Dead Europe because of the way it strips bare the prejudices that, even today, lie like a dark secret under the surface of European culture.

“I found it really brave that with Dead Europe Christos interrogated his own preconceived notions of Jews and inherited hatreds,” he says.

“In South Africa, Jews were classified as white people. I grew up under a really unjust system that had paternalistic notions about what black people were like. It was something I had to unpack for myself, and that resonated for me in the book as well.”

Krawitz is particularly proud that three Jews worked together in bringing Dead Europe to the screen.

“Emile Sherman, the producer (The King’s Speech, Disgrace), writer Louise Fox and I are all Jews, and I think we were drawn to Dead Europe for similar reasons,” he says.

“It is a powerful story about someone we can identify with, who seems like a really good person, who becomes infected with his own prejudices.

“Isaac is having a psychological breakdown, and the film is told through his point of view. But the Europe we see on the screen is the Europe he experiences.

“When I read the book I loved it. I found out that the option rights were available, and it was only about a month later that I got a call from Sherman, completely out of the blue.

“‘Have you read the book?’ he asked me. I didn’t know him very well then. ‘That’s really weird,’ I told him. ‘I’ve been trying to get the rights myself.’ So we got together,” Krawitz says.

“Louise was one of the founding members of Barrie Kosky’s Gilgul Theatre and a good friend who I’ve known for 15 years. She comes from a theatrical tradition and was involved as an actor in contemporary Yiddish theatre in Australia in the ’90s.

“Since then she’s become a full-time writer, and is not only one of the smartest people I know, but interested in what it means to be Jewish in a historical sense, and as an Australian Jew in the 21st century.”

Krawitz has notched up an impressive CV since his days studying film at the University of Technology in Sydney, and the Australian Film Television and Radio School.

Since Jewboy he has directed many episodes for television dramas and mini-series, and his feature-length documentary The Tall Man (2011) won a swathe of awards, including an AWGIE (Australian Writers’ Guild award) for best documentary script.

On a personal level, his greatest achievement has been his long-time friendship and marriage to fellow Australian director Cate Shortland (Somersault, 2004), whose latest film Lore – about five destitute German children who travel about 900 kilometres to their grandmother’s house in Hamburg after the defeat of Germany in World War II – has been selected as the Australian entry for the best foreign language Oscar at the 2013 Academy Awards.

Krawitz met Shortland 20 years ago and the couple have two adopted South African children, aged 18 and four.

“The funny thing is that when we met at a friend’s party, and we were both in our early 20s, we ended up bonding over a discussion about history and fascism,” says Krawitz.

“It’s just curious, a weird twist of fate, that these two films (Dead Europe and Lore) got funded at a very similar time, which made for a crazy time last year trying to juggle two films and two children.”

Dead Europe opens in cinemas on November 15.



Greek MPs to vote on austerity

Source: HeraldSun

GREEK lawmakers vote on Wednesday on austerity measures needed to unlock international aid and stave off bankruptcy, despite strikes and public anger against billions more euros in tax hikes and pension cuts.

A general strike was expected to paralyse Athens for a second straight day and Greeks gathered in front of parliament to voice their opposition to making further sacrifices as the country heads for its sixth year in recession.

Lawmakers were due to wrap up their debate and hold a late-night vote on the package of 18.5 billion euros ($23.6 billion) in new spending cuts and other reforms by 2016.

Implementing the austerity plan is a condition for Greece to receive a 31.5-billion-euro tranche of bailout funds from its troika of international creditors — the European Union, International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

Without it, Greece risks running out of money on November 16, when a debt repayment falls due.

Despite the country approaching bankruptcy and a possible euro exit once again, many Greeks are angry at repeatedly having to tighten their belts.

Police estimated that 40,000 people turned out on Tuesday at an Athens rally on Syntagma Square, near parliament, under banners screaming “No to measures of impoverishment” and “The people above everything else — not numbers and measures.”

In the northern city of Thessaloniki, 20,000 joined a march.

“The people came here today to protest against the measures that bring us back centuries. They are abolishing our rights and depriving our children’s future,” said teacher Thanassis Pargas at the rally in Athens.

Traffic was paralysed in the capital as public transport workers joined the 48-hour general strike.

Ferry services were also crippled, with ships linking Greece’s islands remaining docked.

Many flights were cancelled or rescheduled as air traffic controllers staged a three-hour work stoppage.

Judges and lawyers also joined the strike, while publicly-run museums, archaeological sites and post offices were shut.

The measures to be voted on Wednesday include a rise in the retirement age to 67 from the current 65, and cuts of five to 10 per cent in pensions of more than 1000 euros a month.

Civil servants’ 13th and 14th month pay would be scrapped and further salary cuts imposed on academics, hospital doctors, judges, diplomats and members of the armed forces.

“These measures essentially bring us many years back. All the labour rights the Greek people won post-World War II and post-dictatorship are taken back,” said union activist Marie Lavrentiadou at the Athens rally.

“The measures will be voted in (Wednesday), but measures are not voted in the conscience of the Greek people and they can be ousted,” she charged.

However, the government has warned that the country has no choice but to adopt the measures if Greece wants to stay solvent and in the eurozone.

Eurozone creditors were due to make a decision on the bailout funds — part of a massive rescue package for Greece — at meeting of finance ministers on Monday.

Miss Teen America 2012 Proud of Greek Origin

ΕΛΕΑΝΑ ΦΡΑΝΓΚΕΔΗ: Η ωραιότερη πιτσιρίκα της Αμερικής έρχεται στην Αθήνα

Άρωμα Ελλάδας είχε ο φετινός διαγωνισμός ομορφιάς στις ΗΠΑ για νεαρές κοπέλες κάτω των 18 ετών.

Η Ελεάνα Φρανγκέδη (Eleana Frangedis), Ελληνίδα τρίτης γενιάς, στέφθηκε Miss Teen America 2013.

Η 17χρονη Ελεάνα γεννήθηκε και μεγάλωσε στη Φλόριντα, αλλά επισκέπτεται συχνά την Ελλάδα. Σε λίγες ημέρες μάλιστα θα έρθει στην Αθήνα για να λάβει μέρος στον 30οΚλασικό Μαραθώνιο της Αθήνας.

Η ίδια μιλώντας στον ΣΕΓΑΣ, δήλωσε: «Είμαι πολύ ενθουσιασμένη που θα συμμετάσχω στον μαραθώνιο. Ως Ελληνίδα του εξωτερικού, νιώθω μεγάλη χαρά και θέλω να προσφέρω στην πατρίδα μου με τον οποιονδήποτε θετικό τρόπο. Είναι μια μεγάλη ευκαιρία για εμένα να συνδεθώ με την ιστορία της χώρας μου».


Eleana Frangedis, the 18-year-old Greek-American from Clearwater, Fla. who was crowned Miss Teen America 2012 earlier this year said she’s proud of the title, but more so of her origin and one day would like to live in Greece. She has made a good impression not just with her beauty, but her intelligence.

She is going to study Biomedical Engineering while staying active in the community and said she especially loves Greek culture and Easter celebrations.

According to an interview in Real Life magazine, she will be in Athens to take part in the 30th Athens Classic Marathon on Nov. 11 and was photographed for the campaign Marathon for Greece, which aims to change Greece’s image abroad.

She said her dream is to eventually be able to buy a house in Greece and stay here with her family, but for now her obligations as the Teen Queen of America and education will keep her busy.

Astoria Characters: The Greek Dancer, Anastasia Tsantes

Anastasia Tsantes stands on her feet all day. She’s a waitress who’s used to pulling 12- and 13-hour shifts.

Yeah, working leaves her dog tired, but she’s never too worn out to dance in the footsteps of her Greek ancestors.

“The dancing, it comes from my soul,” she says.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday night, Anastasia, the president of the Greek-American Folklore Society, lifts up her heels and her heart to the tunes that made her mother, and her grandmother before her, tap their toes.


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Anastasia is president of the Greek-American Folklore Society.

Greek folk dancing may be a dying art — the society has fewer than 50 members — but keeping it alive brings Anastasia to life.

Anastasia, an Amazon with amazing tattoos, long grizzled hair and an industrial-strength classically chiseled profile, was born in Manhattan’s Greek ghetto town. Her parents hailed from the island of Ikaria, home of the mythical Icarus, who, you will remember, had his waxy wings melted by the penetrating rays of the sun.

She and her older brother grew up in Elmhurst, living what she calls “the Greek-American dream.” Her working-class parents were frugal and careful. Although her mother stayed home to raise the children, her father, a cook, worked lots of shifts. They saved enough to buy a three-family house and send their children to Greek school, where Anastasia and her brother learned, among other things, their parents’ mother tongue.


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
The society is on Crescent Street at Ditmars Boulevard.

“Half of my life was in the Greek community, half was in the American community,” she says.

It was the 1950s, and Anastasia did what women then did: She married straight out of high school. But it was not a free ride. That’s not what she would have expected. She did have jobs — she was a shampoo girl in a beauty shop and worked for a stained-glass store.

“My parents never encouraged me to go to college,” she says. “I wish I had had the opportunity.”


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Waitressing is her job, dancing is her joy.

Anastasia soon found that nothing in life lasts forever; she got a divorce then eventually married again. When she was 35, her second husband died, leaving her to raise two sons by herself. By then, she had a waitress job. More than a quarter century later, she’s still serving tables. For the last four years, she’s been taking orders at Manducatis Rustica in Long Island City.

She laughs about her job choice. Her father’s work showed her how rough the restaurant business is. It wasn’t anything she ever wanted to do. But she finds she likes it; it connects her to people she otherwise would never meet.

That’s what the dancing does, too.


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Under the spotlight, the costumes glitter.

“I don’t have a social life,” she says. “The folklore society gets me out of the house. We are all different ages and ethnic groups. At 60, I’m the oldest; the youngest is a 12-year-old boy from Colombia. When we dance, we represent all the ages of people in a village; we’re dancing in celebration. We are like an extended family. When we buried our director, we went in costume and danced at his grave site.”

Anastasia’s dedication to the dances doesn’t stop with her feet. She has a mermaid tattoo on her upper left arm and a pair of costumed characters close to her heart. They are taken from common folklore drawings.

“I consider my body my canvas,” she says, adding that she has a fancy for adorning herself with chunky amber, silver and turquoise jewelry.


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Anastasia’s tattoes are drawn from Greek folklore.

For nearly three decades, Anastasia has remained devoted to the society, whose mission is to spread the word about Hellenic folk culture through performances, lectures and exhibits. The group has performed at a variety of venues ranging from Lincoln Center to Athens Square Park.

“It’s the dancing, the music, that has kept me involved,” she says. “Running the society has been an act of love. We have a rich culture, and we want to pass it down to the next generations.”

Sadly, it won’t happen with her sons. Unlike Anastasia, they don’t speak Greek, and they’ve shown no interest in folk dancing.


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
The costumes are clothed in history.

Keeping the society on its toes is easier danced than done. The nonprofit organization, which was established in 1983, relies upon dwindling dues.

“We’re behind on the rent,” Anastasia says. “The landlord is very understanding. Some months, we pay the utility bill out of our pockets.”

The ground-floor space, which is next to a laundry, is filled with traditional costumes, old and new. They are reflected in the floor-to-ceiling mirror that dominates the room. In the cool of autumn, when the world is between air conditioner and furnace, the society opens its doors and the music, a river of sound, flows out into the street, prompting passers-by to peek.


Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling
Anastasia remains committed to the society.

Anastasia doesn’t know what her next step in life will be. Her brother has been asking her to open a shop in a building he owns in Long Island City, but she’s not sure if she has the stamina to do it. But the dancing — hey, that’s no problem. She’ll keep doing it until she can’t stand up any more.

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Copyright 2012 by Nancy A. Ruhling