Dora Stratou

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Dora Stratou
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Dora Stratou. She issued one of the largest series of folk music in the world: 50 records
Born 1903
Athens, Greece
Died 20 January 1988
Athens, Greece
Occupation Folkorist
Nationality Greek
Period 1953 to 1988
Genre Dance, Music
Subject Greek dances, Greek folk music
Notable works
  • Greek Dances - a Living Link to the Antiquity
  • Traditional Greek Dances
  • A Tradition, an Adventure

Dora Stratou (born Dorothea Stratou; Greek: Δωροθέα (Δόρα) Στράτου; 1903–1988) was a significant contributor to Greek Folk Dancing and Greek Folk Music. She issued one of the largest series of folk music in the world with 50 records and is the founder of the Greek Dances-Dora Stratou Society.

Her parents Maria Koromila and Nikolaos Stratos brought her up in the upper class urban environment of Athens at the beginning of the twentieth century, along with her brother Andreas Stratos.

Dora Stratou wrote the book Greek Traditional Dances in 1979. It was printed by the Greek Educational Books Organisation in Athens 1979. She worked with Simon Karras and other ethnomusicologists. She maintained a record of traditions, recorded music, filmed dancers, interviewed villagers on dance topics, costumes, folklore, etc.

In her book she begins with the quote: I write what my eyes have seen, what went through my mind and what my soul fell in love with... Her true passion for Greek Dance led her to establish one of the most unusual living museums in the world, The Greek Dances Theatre in Athens. This theatre group dances the regional dances in Greece, the same way as they were done hundreds of years ago and the dancers still wear the authentic costumes of yesteryear. It is one of the finest living museums in Greece and unique in the world.

The Greek Dances theater is nowadays a host for other folkloric groups both within Greece and Internationally. The International Organisation of Folk Arts-Greece (UNESCO) is also run from the main offices of the Dora Stratou Theatre in Plaka.