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In 1983 the Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church Dance Group was formed. The group
consisted of 12 dancers with Pat Horianopoulos as the Instructor/Lead. They performed
at our festival that year and were greeted by our guests with great enthusiasm. They
also performed at other church functions and throughout Brevard County at various
events. In April 1984 the group officially became known as the Grecian Odyssey Dancers. Greeks
The Grecian Odyssey Dancers received no funds from the Church. They were proud to be solely supported by donations. Their costumes were carefully sewn by many of the dancers themselves and by volunteers who gave their time with great attention to detail.
The Grecian Odyssey Dancers were a dedicated group that made many sacrifices, as they traveled to Atlanta and Clearwater, to many dance seminars for instruction, participated in the Epiphany celebrations in Tarpon Springs, devoted many hours to practicing, sewing costumes, marketing, and performing. They took great pride in their performances, often under less than ideal circumstances, uneven grassy picnic fields, intense heat, etc. Always at the forefront, though, was the joy of dancing and sharing an expression of their heritage.
In 1989, in response to great demand from parents and children, Gloria Metropoulos
founded the Junior Odyssey Dancers, aged 7 to 11. They were taught the fun of learning
and performing the dances at our festivals. Almost all of these dancers moved up
into the Grecian Odyssey Dancers as they came of age. At this time the Junior Odyssey
Dancers and the Grecian Odyssey Dancers were two separate dance groups. In 1992,
the dance groups were recognized as a ministry of St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church.
The Junior Odyssey Dancers were under the direction of Mrs. Metropoulos and the Grecian
Odyssey Dancers under the co-
In the Fall of 1994, the parish council voted to include the dancers in the church budget. Now as Director, the Grecian Odyssey Dancers under Fran Hadjilogiou grew into three distinct groups or divisions under one banner, consisting mainly of the parish children, ages 7 to adult. She continued to expand the dance repertoire and traditional costumes of the dancers until 2001, when she resigned as Director of the Grecian Odyssey Dancers. Fran is currently on the HDF Executive Council for the Metropolis of Atlanta.
In 2001, Ioanna Hawkins became the Director of the Grecian Odyssey Dancers. Mrs.
Hawkins later added a 4th division to the group, the Junior Group ‘Little Stars.’
Janice Koumarianos, Christina Koumarianos and Jamila Jelani currently assist her
as instructors for the various age groups. They are; the Junior Group ‘Little Stars,’
In February 2007, at the of the Metropolis of Atlanta that was held in Clearwater, Florida The Grecian Odyssey Dancers received the Bronze Medal for placing 3rd in the Advanced Senior Division, an amazing feat considering it was only the second time that they had participated in the HDF competing with approximately 1000 participants, from 50 dance groups, representing California, Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida, and in 2008 our dancers received the gold medal for 1st place in the Advanced Senior Division.
At HDF 2008, in a competition that produced over 800 participants from 28 dance groups, The Grecian
Odyssey Dancers received the gold medal for 1st place in the Advanced Senior Division.
Also in 2008, our Presvytera Eleni Tsigas formed a Senior Division, The Grecian Odyssey Encore Dancers. Together with the dedication of St Katherine’s senior participants they performed for the very first time at our annual Greek festival 2008.
Dancers at HDF receiving their Gold Medal from His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios
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