Greek Dancing Program
The Greek Dancing program of the Greek Community of Niagara is an integral part of our Community’s Youth Programs. Greek folk dance is also an important part of Hellenic Culture. The primary purposes of this program are:
- To bring youth / adults together in Greek Orthodox Christian fellowship
- To help our youth develop strong moral, ethical and leadership standards
- To develop, promote and preserve our Greek heritage and culture
Each program in our community is guided by a set of rules and standards that are intended to help us all live and grow in a standard befitting the life of a Greek Orthodox Christian.
It is our hope and expectation that our Members and Parishioners continue their active support and improvement of the Greek Dance program. Parents are strongly encouraged to register their children in this very important educational and cultural program of our community. Give your children the timeless gift of the Greek folk dance and our Greek Orthodox traditions and culture.
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Είναι ελπίδα και προσδοκία μας ότι οι Ενορίτες μας θα συνεχίσουν την δραστήρια υποστήριξη και βελτίωση του προγράμματος του Ελληνικού Χορού. Ενθαρρύνουμε τους γονείς να εγγράψουν τα παιδιά τους σ’ αυτό το πολύ σημαντικό εκπαιδευτικό πρόγραμμα της κοινότητάς μας. Δώστε στα παιδιά σας το αιώνιο δώρο του παραδοσιακού Ελληνικού χορού και των Ελληνορθοδόξων μας παραδόσεων, εθίμων, και ιστορίας.
Ελληνική Κοινότητα του Νιαγάρα
All Dancers are be divided into the following dance groups based on Dancer’s age as of September:
LEVEL 1: Ages 3 – 5 (PeeWee)
LEVEL 2: Ages 6 – 10 (Junior)
LEVEL 3: Ages 11 – 14 (Intermediate)
LEVEL 4: Ages 15 and up (Niagara Hellenic)
For the past 5 years, the Niagara Hellenic Dance Group (NHDG) has been working on building a framework for Hellenic dancing in the Niagara area. We have been hard at work with new dances, volunteer work, community festivals, travelling to numerous dance conferences, and planning for a future as a dance group, as well as a community.
NHDG has been involved in the folklore dance community for several years now. It is new to the area of folklore but is rapidly becoming the cornerstone of traditional Greek dance in the Niagara region. The success of the group is attributed to the everlasting commitment we have in continuing to preserve our culture and historical roots. NHDG focuses on performing authentic dances and songs from areas within Greece. The focus is on staying as true to the traditions and customs of our forefathers to the best of our ability.
The end goal of all community dance groups is to build long-lasting relationships between our youth. Dance is merely a conduit to reaching this end goal. This being said, NHDG has provided many cultural and relationship building experiences for our youth. The most notable was GreeceTour2014. NHDG was able to travel to Greece and perform in villages and centers all across Greece. Local politicians, television and media groups, as well as local residents greeted us with warm arms. They were so happy to see the traditions and dances of our ancestors being performed and kept alive in Canada.
The tour was such a great success that we have planned to go again in 2017. GreeceTour2017 will take place in historic areas such as Crete, Macedonia and Epirus. These experiences build communities and keep the youth engaged in their culture. NHDG is proud to support the development of our youth through dance.
Being part of the NHDG family is truly a wonderful experience that builds character and community. Memories are made that last a lifetime. The age range of our group is 14 +. We welcome all youth who are members in the church community to join.
Cathy McCormack, our liaison can be reached at 905.931.3514 with any questions.
Bill Zougras, Program/Dance Instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Greek Dance Program please
contact the Greek Community of Niagara: GCN Admin. office @ 905-685-3028
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