Zacharias Kertepene was born in Yialousa on 10/06/1972, and after the Turkish invasion, settled in Larnaca.
From the age of 12, he began to engage in learning Cypriot dances at the Vasilitzia Cultural Club. His love and zeal for dance led him to learn other types such as Greek and foreign dances.
In 1989, he marked the beginning of teaching dances in children’s classes at the Dance School. His involvement in this field continues uninterrupted until today.
In 1998, he took on the duties of a dance instructor in the main department of the ‘Vasilitzia’ Cultural Club, which he continues to execute until today.
With his own ideas, he presented innovative choreographies based on tradition on stage, such as ‘spora,’ ‘theros,’ ‘anemisma,’ ‘zivania,’ and other dances.
Simultaneously, as a choreographer, he attempts to showcase authentic samples of our dances on stage, respecting tradition.
He participated in dozens of festivals abroad with the ‘Vasilitzia’ Cultural Club, such as in France, Hungary, Russia, Korea, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, Belarus, Ukraine, Greece, Finland, Malta, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, England, Mexico, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Italy, Syria, Canada, Algeria, China, South Korea, Turkey, Croatia, and more.
With his choreographies, the club also staged various works and choreodramas such as ‘Returning to Our Roots,’ ‘My Beautiful Varosha,’ ‘The Diziimin,’ ‘The Sarazini at the Wedding,’ ‘Aretousa,’ etc., combining a high-level theme that touched the boundaries of professionalism.
He attended many seminars and lectures concerning Cypriot dances and traditions and teaching methods in general.
Zacharias is considered one of the best choreographers and dancers of traditional dances our country has today.