Subscribe Now!


Monday, May 17, 2021

Journey to Greece Through Dance

Hellenic News
Hellenic News
The copyrights for these articles are owned by HNA. They may not be redistributed without the permission of the owner. The opinions expressed by our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of HNA and its representatives.

Latest articles

Project HOPE completes successful first year of humanitarian outreach and philanthropy 

Special to the Hellenic News of America It began with a simple goal in mind: Look for a way to keep all parishioners and especially...

A poem by the Late Lili Bita: Our Ancestors

They came with their black kerchiefs tied tightly under their chins. They brought us earthen jars. Sprigs of barley. Their scythes upright above their heads. They entered our hearths. They cackled at our gadgets. They...

Archbishop Elpidophoros Proclaims May 16 as AHEPA Sunday

WASHINGTON, DC --  His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America has proclaimed May 16, 2021, as "AHEPA Sunday" in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Encyclical, issued by Archbishop Elpidophoros, states,...

Very Reverend Archimandrite Christoforos Oikonomidis Appointed New Chancellor of the Holy Metropolis of New Jersey

At the conclusion of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the Feast of Saint Thomas, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, Patriarchal Vicar, announced the appointment...

Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine Drawing Competition Commemorating the Fall of Constantinople

In conjunction with the annual commemoration of the Fall of Constantinople, the Saint Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is proud to announce its inaugural Drawing...

Κορονοϊός-Ελλάδα: 3.197 νέα κρούσματα, 52 θάνατοι, 732 οι διασωληνωμένοι

Τα νέα εργαστηριακά επιβεβαιωμένα κρούσματα της νόσου που καταγράφηκαν τις τελευταίες 24 ώρες είναι 3.197, εκ των οποίων 14 εντοπίστηκαν κατόπιν ελέγχων στις πύλες...

Indian Orthodox Greek Concert Presented at Greek Education Zoom Conference

A unique Indian Orthodox concert was presented to international Greek educators on May 8th by The Federation of Greek Teachers of America, Office of Greek...



Journey to Greece Through Dance

A Two-Part Performance Featuring the Dances of the Ionian Islands

& an Assortment of Dances from Throughout the Greek World!

Thanks for reading Hellenic News of America


Holmdel, NJ – The nationally famous Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey (HDNJ) present Journey to Greece Through Dance, Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Holmdel High School Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, with a performance of traditional Greek folk dance from 3 – 5 pm. Light refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. All tickets for the event are $20, and will be available at the door. Advance reservations for this event can be made by contacting Cheryl Bontales, 732.796.1006; [email protected] This event is funded in part by the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, Inc., and New Jersey State Council on the Arts – Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Part one will showcase traditional folk dances of the Ionian Islands such as Rouga, Kefalonitikos Syrtos, Lemonia and Zagarakia, and is the first time HDNJ is presenting a full suite from this region! Part two is a “pikilia” or assortment of folk dances from throughout the Greek world, including Karpathos, Rhodes, Crete, Macedonia, Thrace, Cappadocia, and Cyprus to name a few. Many of the dances featured in Journey to Greece Through Dance are not seen outside of the regions in which they originated.


Proceeds from HDNJ’s Journey to Greece Through Dance will support this all-volunteer 501 (c) 3 nonprofit with general operating expenses. By purchasing a ticket audience members directly assist HDNJ in its mission of preserving Greek culture through presentations of the traditional folk dances of Greece.


This year, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties/Hurricane Sandy Relief, and Project Hope for Greece (a project of the Greek American Foundation). These charitable organizations generously serve the communities members of HDNJ live in, as well as the country of our roots. All donations are tax deductible. HDNJ is also eligible for most gift-matching programs so donations can count twice.


For over 40 years, the Hellenic Dancers of NJ has researched, presented and preserved over 300 folk dances, songs, and traditions from mainland Greece, its islands, Cyprus, and Asia Minor, and passed them on to two generations of Greek Americans. The troupe has been commended numerous times since its founding in 1972, for its dedication to its mission, as well as the enthusiasm and excitement of its performances. The dance troupe is currently comprised of first, second, third and fourth generation Greek Americans, ranging in age from 16 – 45, and represents the many Greek communities of New Jersey centered around Piscataway, Holmdel, Perth Amboy, Randolph, Toms River, Westfield, Tenafly, Paramus, and Clifton.


This outstanding troupe is nationally recognized for its presentation of Greek traditions and has performed at a number of local and national events including: Dukakis Presidential Rally, Inaugural Festivities for former President Ronald Reagan, Statue of Liberty Weekend Grand Finale, 20/20 ABC Television Program, Queens College of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies Benefit, O. Elytis Chair of Modern Greek Studies at Rutgers University Benefit, Union County College Folk Arts Festival, the NJ State Ethnic and Diversity Festival, for Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew upon his first official visit to New Jersey, and Greek Heritage Day with the Metrostars. Members of the troupe participated in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece and at the 2006 Centennial Epiphany celebrations in Tarpon Springs, FL.


For more information about the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey, please contact Arete Bouhlas, Publicity Coordinator, 732.236.2108; [email protected], or visit or


photo credit:

The copyrights for these articles are owned by the Hellenic News of America. They may not be redistributed without the permission of the owner. The opinions expressed by our authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hellenic News of America and its representatives.

Get Access Now!