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The Dora Stratou Greek Dances Society was founded in 1953 by Dora Stratou who remained its president until 1983. Ms. Stratou was the daughter of a former Prime minister and sister of a Minister; she was a trained classical singer. She managed to mobilize state and private support in order to create "a living museum for Greek dance" which later expanded into other activities. She believed in the preservation of dances as a proof of the continuity of the Greek race since Antiquity.