Mikis Shakallis was born in the Apostolos Loukas district in Lapithos, on February the 26th 1946. His parents were Polykarpos and Anthoula Shakalli.
He served his army time in the Special Forces of the National Guard.
It was right after when Mikis finds his love of life, the charismatic and lovable girl from Karavas, Maro Koshiari; a powerful presence in their common path the years to come. They have two children Christos and Elena.
Mikis Shakallis then gets appointed as a teacher of Physical Education in Lapithos Gymnasium. His dedication to his work and the integrity of his character help him to produce results that many could envy; for many years he kept finding and rise young talents in track sports at Lapithos Gymnasium. Meanwhile he was an active coach in athletic societies in Kerynia district such as Praxandros Gymnastic Society, AEK Karavas Athletic Union and in Agios Georgios Kerynias. For years he remains member of the National Track Team of Cyprus.
When the APOL (Athletic and Intellectual Society of Lapithos) call Mikis Shakkalis to contribute, he does that willingly and without any personal or financial profit. He creates a mixed dancing group, men and women, where he teaches the 'zempekiko' with his unique way and style; as well as cypriot folk dances and greek dances.
Next step was the formation of APOL Lapithos volleyball team. In 1973 Mikis Shakallis with Pambos Petrides, both coaches and players of the APOL Lapithos volleyball team, lead the team to the final phase of the First Category National Champioship of the Cyprus Volleyball Association.
The coup in July of 1974, followed by the Turkish invation on Cyprus destroys everything planned by Mikis and he with his family migrate to Leicester UK. He works at a restaurant in order to supply the basic goods for his family. A while after, he moves to Crete where he starts teaching. In 1975 he returns to Cyprus and continue his service as a teacher of Physical Education in Pancyprian Gymnasium.
During the same time, in 1975, Mikis and his life-partner Maro form the Refugee Fokloric Group "I Adouloti" Shakalli. The group participates in various events and festivals both locally and abroad.
Around the same time, they open a dancing school (Shakallis Dance School) where they teach cypriot folk dances, greek dances
The aims of the Group, as mentioned in its Memorandum, is the maintenance and advancement of the folkloric dances, songs, music and customs of Cyprus. For the achievement of these goals, an effort is made to include as members of the Group all those interested in folk dancing, singing, music and generally with Cyprus folklore. In addition, the co-operation with other clubs of the same nature in Cyprus and abroad is encouraged. The ultimate goal of this co-operation is the maintenance and advancement of Cyprus and its folklore, as well as meeting cultures of foreign countries. The basic means for the achievement of these goals are the performances given both in Cyprus and abroad.