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The Moulin Rouge Dancer from Crete

Antonis Kosmadakis was born in Crete, Greece. He started dancing at the age of 18, at the School of Classical and Contemporary Dance of Klaire Giouavanaki.

According to Kosmadakis’ statements to network, his immersion in dancing occurred by chance. He had been involved with artistic gymnastics for 12 years and had received numerous distinctions across Greece.

Dancing became part of his life after a friend of his had invited him to attend a dance seminar, where Kosmadakis met a choreographer from Paris, Bruno Agati.

Agati proposed that Kosmadakis travel to France and audition for a public dance school in Montpellier, where he could continue his dance studies.

Kosmadakis followed the advice of Agati and excelled by receiving a scholarship from the dance school (he was one of three recipients). His former experience in artistic gymnastics proved valuable and helped him reach the top.

At the end of his studies, Kosmadakis worked as a dancer in Disneyland. Afterwards he worked at a Paris cabaret “Paradis Latin”, at “Lido”, and for the Opera, taking part in several plays, such as “La Vie Parisienne”, “Faust”, “The Merry Widow”, etc.

The hard work and effort he put in dancing the 3-minute-long solo part of French Cancan dancer “Valentin le Désossé” (i.e. Valentin the boneless), was Kosmadakis’ ticket to the worldwide famous cabaret of Moulin Rouge.

Antonis Kosmadakis won the Guinness Award with Moulin Rouge last year for a dance move called “serpillere”.

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