100+ dancers. Six groups. One passion. Demetrakia I : YAL – 12th grade and up Demetrakia II : 8th grade – 11th grade Demetrakia III : 5th grade – 7th
Community. Demetrakia Dance Groups perform at all types of community events.
Demetrakia IV : 3rd & 4th grades
Please contact us if we can help make your event more cultured, exciting, surprising, and GREEK!
Demetrakia V : 1st & 2nd grades
Demetrakia VI : 4 & 5 yrs.
• Cultural events • Seminars • Banquets • And more!
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Faith. Culture. Community.
The Demetrakia Dance Troupe takes pride in uniting many families within Saint Demetrios and preserving the Greek culture through traditional Folk Dances and music. Besides learning and performing these dances, members learn about teamwork, perseverance, respect, hard work, coordination, endurance, and much more! The relationships the dancers make within this organization are the ones that last a lifetime! The dance groups cover dances from Thrace, Pontos, Macedonia, Ikaria, Crete, Rhodes, Epirus, Kalymnos, Kalamata, Peloponnesus, and many more!
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” Instructors: D I : Emily Liadakis, Irene Giannaros, Mathew Polites D II : Katina Zozos, Dimitra
Fun Facts about Greek Folk Dance: •
All regions have their own specialized dances
Dances usually move in counterclockwise circles
Zozos-‐‑Eleftheriou D III : Ekaterini Mavrophilipos
D IV : Maroula Giannaros D V : Hrisoula Mavrophilipos
There are different hand holds associated with different dances
There were more than 200 ancient Greek dances; comic dance, warlike
D VI : Elisabeth Fassas, Tina Kazakos
The person on the end is the “leader” which will typically do a variation on a step or a “figoura”
dances, dances for athletes and for religious worship, plus dances for weddings and celebrations
Each region has different costumes based on climates and resources
Different styles of music also correspond with different instruments used... i.e. lyra: Pontos, violin: Crete, clarinet: Xios
Some dances were danced by men and some by women; rarely did they dance together