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‘Let them praise His name in the dance: let them sing praises unto Him
with the timbrel and harp.'
~ Psalms 149:3
The Hellenic Dance Academy was founded in 1975 under the direction of Elaine Kostikos Southall. There were 25 dancers at the time ranging from ages 10-18 years. The group was called the Denver H ellenes. Throughout the years the programs popularity grew. The Assumption of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Metropolis Cathedral of Denver is proud to have one of the finest Greek Folk Dance programs in Colorado. Over 150 dancers ranging from kindergarten (age 5) through college age/adults participate in the program. There are five individual groups that represent that number with 10 volunteer instructors.
The mission statement of the Hellenic Dance Academy is:
To instill the tradition of Hellenism and the appreciation of this awesome heritage in the Greek Orthodox youth and young adults through traditional folk dances and costuming from throughout Greece, music, song and fellowship.
The Dance Academy proudly displays a variety of dances and costumes from all parts of Greece. Music, dance, and other artistic expressions reflect the real experience of a culture. Dressed in vibrant costumes, accompanied by authentic music, the Hellenic Dance Academy dancers capture the richness and elegance of traditional Greek folk dancing.
The majority of the performances throughout the city are displayed by the high school and adult groups. Although during the festival, held every year during the third weekend of June, all groups perform. The groups, both past and present, have had the pleasure of displaying our Greek culture throughout the state at such events as the Muscular Dystrophy Association Stride & Ride, the Taste of Colorado, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, the Special Olympics, numerous private parties, elementary, middle & high schools, assisted living residences, nursing homes, local television news & talk shows on all channels as well as competed in a national dance festival in California. The Hellenic Dance Academy of Denver has been featured in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News as well as other local newspapers. Finally the groups have been part of festivals in neighboring states such as Wyoming & Nebraska.
The Hellenic Dance Academy continues to enhance its dance repertoire in order to continue to entertain and educate audiences about the beauty of Greek dances and traditions, while striving to keep our cultural inheritance alive for future generations.
HDA COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Charissa Gianos – Chair, Fotia Instructor
Stellee Papadeas – Recording Secretary
Georgia Diamond – Treasurer, Pedakia Instructor
John Anadiotis – Co-Vice Chair, HDA Webmaster, Fotia Instructor
Peter DeAngelis – Kleftes Instructor, Booking Coordinator
Nikki Phillips, Co-Vice Chair
Alex Hellen, Correspoding Secretary
Luke Loukopoulos, PC Liaison for HDA
POULAKIA INSTRUCTORS: (kindergarten)
Name: Rebeckah DeAngelis
PEDAKIA INSTRUCTORS: (1st & 2nd grades)Name: Anna Razatos Zaharas
Home Phone: 303-794-9764
Cell Phone: 303-475-4980
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Name: Pam Athanasopoulos
Email: ASTERIA INSTRUCTORS: (3rd - 5th grades)
Name: Kate Zehnacker
Cell Phone: 303-919-1054 Email: email@example.com
Name: Evyenia Allen
Home Phone: 720-344-0505
Cell Phone: 720-480-3949
LEVENDIA INSTRUCTORS: (middle school)
Name: Zephie Critikos
Cell Phone: 303-919-4783
Name: Jimmy Caras
Cell Phone: 303-359-0156
Name: Ricky Maniatis
Cell Phone: 720-427-0677
FOTIA INSTRUCTORS: (high
Name: Charissa Gianos
Name: Eleni Karlis
KLEFTES INSTRUCTORS: (college/adults)Kleftes Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/292828230744911/ Name: Peter Deangelis Cell Phone: 303-810-4598 Email: Kleftesdancers@comcast.net
Name: Georgia Lowe
For more information about the Hellenic Dance Academy of
Denver, please contact the church office at 303-388-9314 or Peter DeAngelis
, email GreekDance@assumptioncathedral.org
HDA Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/390123064347060/
(The dancers raise money throughout the year to defray the
expenses of their traditional handmade costumes, music, workshops,
seminars and provide funding support for various projects at the
Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral.)
HDA DANCE WORKSHOP:
February 14th: Meet and Greet guest instructors 8:00p.m. in the Annunciation Room.
February 15th: HDA Dance Workshop
Pedakia (1st & 2nd grade)/Annunciation Room: February:3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) March: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (6:30pm - 7:30pm) April: 7th, 28th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) (NO DANCE PRACTICE DURING HOLY WEEK APRIL 14TH OR BRIGHT WEEK APRIL 21ST) May: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) June: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th (6:30pm - 7:30pm)
Asteria (3rd-5th grade)/Downstairs Common Area: February:3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) March: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (6:30pm - 7:30pm) April: 7th, 28th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) (NO DANCE PRACTICE DURING HOLY WEEK APRIL 14TH OR BRIGHT WEEK APRIL 21ST) May: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) June: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th (6:30pm - 7:30pm)
school)/Ballroom: February:3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) March: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (6:30pm - 7:30pm) April: 7th, 28th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) (NO DANCE PRACTICE DURING HOLY WEEK APRIL 14TH OR BRIGHT WEEK APRIL 21ST) May: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (6:30pm - 7:30pm) June: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th (6:30pm - 7:30pm)
Fotia (high school)/Annunciation Room: February:3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (7:30pm - 9:00pm) March: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st (7:30pm - 9:00pm) April: 7th, 28th (7:30pm - 9:00pm) (NO DANCE PRACTICE DURING HOLY WEEK APRIL 14TH OR BRIGHT WEEK APRIL 21ST) May: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (7:30pm - 9:00pm) June: 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th (7:30pm - 9:30pm)
Kleftes (college/adults)/Annunciation Room:
January:9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th (7:30pm 0 9:30pm) February: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (7:30pm - 9:30pm) March: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th (7:30pm - 9:30pm) April: 3rd, 10th, 24th (7:30pm - 9:30pm) May: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th (7:30pm - 9:30pm) June: 5th, 12th, 16th, 18th, 19th (7:30pm - 9:30pm) NOTE REHEARSAL CHANGES! The week of June 16th All groups in HDA will be rotating practicing on the Stage as well as inside. Additional dance practices may be added for the older groups (Levendia, Fotia and Kleftes) as needed. Weather permitting during June, groups may practice outside.
MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS/DONATIONS TO THE HELLENIC DANCE ACADEMY OF DENVER:
- Sofia DeAngelis for making the HDA table sign
- Panoula Golas for making the new HDA logo.
- Georgia Lowe for getting the Florida instructors for the workshop.
- Levendia Florida Dance Group for sharing their love of dance.
- ALL instructors for their time and talent!