Dance Groups at FDF 2015

Congratulations & Good Luck to St. Demetrios Dance Groups at FDF 2015 This is the first year St. Demetrios will have two dance groups performing at FDF! The youth Agape Dancers (at right on Epiphany) will compete this weekend led by directors Christina Joannou, Stella Kalivas and Kerri Brode. They have been practicing diligently both dancing and singing to prepare. This year, Ari Qutami has taken directorship of the tiny dancers of St. Demetrios and Ta Thavmatakia will perform in a showcase at the weekend event for the first time. The dancers are spirited and, as you can see from the picture below left, they are quite charming in their traditional costumes. Thanks to all the dance directors, helpers, dancers and parents of dancers that keep Greek dance a vibrant part of St. Demetrios! And of course, to Fr. Gary who chairs the entire FDF for the Metropolis of San Francisco. NEW YORK – The 2015 Folk Dance and Choral Festival of the Metropolis of San Francisco begins today in Anaheim, California and will run through Sunday, Feb. 15. The renowned FDF event, now in its 39th year celebrates Faith, Dance and Fellowship and is the largest gathering of Greek Orthodox Youth in America, expected to surpass 3,000 people in attendance. The events will culminate on Sunday when His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will celebrate the Divine Liturgy, assisted by over 30 clergy from throughout the Metropolis of San Francisco. The afternoon will feature the Advanced Senior Competition Finals during which the final eight dance groups will compete in performing some of the most complex dances and music from numerous regions in Greece. The evening’s Awards Ceremony will mark the concluding event at which the winners in the various categories in dance, music and choral singing will be announced. THAVMATAKIA DANCE: Ari Qutami These key events of the final day of this year’s Folk Dance and Choral Festival will be live-streamed online through His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco stated: “This is a wonderful opportunity to share this ministry with the faithful from across our Archdiocese and celebrate the accomplishments of our youth. We are grateful to the Department of Internet Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for making this possible.” The schedule of the online live streaming is as follows: Sunday, February 15, 2015 Watch Online at 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. PST Adv. Competition Finals 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PST Awards Ceremony