Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society Newsletter
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|Spotlight on Orpheus Youth Dancer
Springs Marks Centennial
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|This year marked the 100th year anniversary of St. Nicholas Greek
Orthodox Church in Tarpon Springs, Florida. It also marked the centennial
anniversary of the Epiphany ceremony which now takes place at Spring Bayou.
Local teenage boys, ages 16-18, dive for the honor of retrieving the fallen
cross in its waters.
His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was present for this historic occasion and presided over many of the ceremonies and events that took place that weekend. Accompanying him were His Eminence Archbishop of America Demetrios and all the Metropolitans from the United States, including His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago and His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of Hong Kong, who is a native of Tarpon Springs. Metropolitan Nikitas is also the brother of John Lulias, the chairman of the annual Winter Dance Conference, which took place in Tarpon Springs during the same period.
The Winter Dance Conference includes a series of workshops on Greek folk traditions in the areas of dance, music and costumes. The workshops are conducted by renowned instructors from Greece, the U.S. and Canada. This year, registration reached capacity as over 250 participants visited this historic Greek community. Conference members, apart from attending all day workshops and enjoying folk music and dance during the evening events, participated in many activities surrounding the Epiphany centennial celebrations. Among the participating groups was the Orpheus Dance Troupe of Chicago. On Epiphany day, dance groups, dressed in folk costumes, marched down the streets of Tarpon Springs along with marching bands and other groups. They all converged at Spring Bayou, where the official ceremony took place.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the dance groups performed Greek folk dances for all the guests at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. The tradition of sponge diving was brought to this area by early 20th century Greek immigrants who were primarily from the island of Kalymnos, where they were known for their sponge diving trade.
The day following the Epiphany ceremony, international recording star Mario Frangoulis gave a concert honoring His All Holiness Bartholomew. Mario Frangoulis remarked that it was an honor to perform for the Ecumenical Patriarch because he is a symbol of love to our community. The concert also benefited St. Nicholas Orthodox Parochial School in Tarpon Springs. The event took place at the Sun Bowl arena of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. It featured the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Andrew Lane, soprano Deborah Meyers, the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Youth Choir under the direction of Maria Koleva and the dancers from the Winter Dance Conference. The dancers performed Zorba the Greek and a typical Syrto dance, dressed in full costume attire, adding a special flavor to the concert.
For additional pictures from the Epiphany and Winter Dance Conference events click here.
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Benefit a Big Success!
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Saturday November 6th the Chateau Ritz Banquet Hall was filled to
capacity as close to 700 guests were present at the Benefit organized by the
Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society. The evening included music, dance and
choral presentations by the Orpheus Youth and Adult dance groups as well as
the Orpheus Music Group. A silent auction complimented the activities as
guests browsed through a wide variety of gifts. A special program book was
issued for that night, which included highlights of the history of the
Orpheus Dance Troupe over the last 17 years, as well as announcements and
greetings from businesses and individual donors.
All proceeds will support the programs of the Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society. Click here to view a retrospective video clip that was prepared by Alex Kapotas and Voula Drougas, the program book and additional pictures. Many thanks to all the individuals that helped make this event such a success!
|Spotlight on Orpheus Youth Dancer...
My mom’s family is from Messinia, Greece, Yiayia is from Lahanatha (near Methoni), and Pappou is from Starasa (outside of Koroni). My dad is from Chicago, but my grandfather is from outside of Bari, Italy.
|Time Dancing with Orpheus Group:
|Thoughts on Dancing:
My favorite dance is Baidouska because it is a very high energy dance. I also love learning new dances of any kind.
|Most Vivid OHFS Memory:
Boca Raton Winter Dance Conference, hanging out at the pool. I loved dancing and singing in the water. I also loved walking around the sponge docks and dancing in Tarpon Springs with Mario Frangoulis.
|Favorite Greek Dish:
|Favorite Place in Greece:
The beaches in Finikouda, Messinia. I can walk around and everyone knows me. I get a lot of free ice-cream!
Dancing, shopping, Greek drama, soccer (I play defensive midfielder.), music (I have been playing the violin since I was 4.) and singing in both Greek and English.
|Best Childhood Memory:
I love going to my yiayia and pappou’s cottage and hanging out with my cousins.
|Dream vacation/the perfect weekend:
I would like to go to Italy to find my dad’s family.
|Favorite building/spot in Chicago:
|I'm currently looking for/forward to:
|I stay home to watch:
My family and friends.
|Where I heard about Orpheus Dance Troupe:
It has always been there for me!!!!
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