Synthia Fryda

She was born in Istanbul (Constantinople) in 1962. She took her first dance classes at the H. Xanthopoulou dance school. She pursued higher-level studies at the Alain Astié International Dance Academy in Lyon, France, while at the same time attending classical and contemporary dance seminars. In 1987 she obtained her degree in dancing and dance teaching from the Niki Kontaxaki Professional Dance School (Greece). In France, she worked for television while teaching at the UAICF dance school (Lyon). In the summer of 1984 she participated in performances of the Rallou Manou Hellenic Chorodrama company. She joined the GNO in 1983, and during 1986-1999 she danced in more than 80 productions and/or revivals. She danced starring and supporting roles in 20 ballets, including: Giselle, Les sylphides, The temple dancer [La Bayadère], Don Quixote, The pirate [Il Corsaro], Romeo and Juliet, Zorba the Greek, The Birds [Ornithes], Eugene Onegin, Canto General, Pinocchio, etc. She also danced in ballet segments in operas and operettas, such as Arambo, Conroy and his copies [O Konroua kai oi kopies tou], Adriana Lecouvreur, The Bat [Die Fledermaus], The godson [O vaftistikos], etc. She also worked as assistant choreographer in a number of ballet, opera and operetta productions. She collaborated with many Greek and foreign choreographers, including Giannis Metsis, Haris Mandafounis, Isidore Sideris, Konstantinos Rigos, Germinal Cassado, Karole Armitage, Rudi van Dantzig, Léonide Massine, Igor Zelensky, Irek Mukhamedov, Ray Barra, etc. She has been working as a ballet teacher at the Greek National School of Dance since 1996, as well as at the Rallou Manou Professional Dance School since 2004 and at the GNO Professional Dance School since its foundation. In 2001 she was the recipient of an award by the Greek Ministry of Culture. In 2004 she was a jury member of the Greek Ministry of Culture dance awards.