The Dance Group was established to help promote, preserve and perpetuate our Greek culture and traditions through dance. The dancers wear traditional Greek folk costumes which represent the many different regions of Greece.
They perform at various functions that take place at our parish, such as our Annual Festival and Taverna Night Dinner Dance. They also travel and perform at other church communities in the Tampa Bay area for their festival and events.
Being part of the dance group is a fun experience where the dancers are able to establish friendships with their fellow peers but also have an opportunity to learn more about their Greek heritage under an Orthodox Christian environment.
The group is separated into 3 different categories according to age.
Dance practice takes place on the following days:
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm for Pitsirikia (younger group)
Tuesdays at 7:40 pm for Ellinopoula (middle group)
Thursdays at 8:00pm for Patrida (older group)
Dance Season starts in Late August/Early September and ends late May/early June.
New members are always welcome!!
For any questions you may have, please call Georgia Rigas (Dance group Director) at 727-389-0310 or the church office at 727-868-5911.
For the past several years, The St. George Dance Group has also had the opportunity to represent the St. George community at several Hellenic Dance Festivals which is a Greek Dance Competition that is hosted by the Metropolis of Atlanta. We are very proud of all the dancers that participated and they represented their culture and faith with dignity, respect and love for their heritage!!
Hellenic Dance Festival 2012: Patrida Atlanta, GA
Hellenic Dance Festival 2010: Ellinopoula and Patrida groups Orlando, FL
They represented St. George in the Advanced Junior and Senior Categories. They won an Excellent award and Meritorious award in their respective division
Hellenic Dance Festival 2009: Patrida Atlanta, GA
They represented St. George in the Intermediate Category in Division 1.
They won three gold medals in the following categories
1. Best Costume 2. Folk Expression (singing) 3. Dance.
The dancers getting ready to perform at various functions such as Taverna Night, Greek Independence Day festivities and Christmas Luncheons! They are having a great time and bonding with their friends!!