NEW YORK – Parathosi 2016, is an annual celebration of Hellenic Heritage & Dance of the Direct Archdiocesan District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Now in its fourth year, this dance festival is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.
More than 300 participants comprising 22 groups are registered and expected to showcase their talents and love for traditional Greek dancing during the competition to be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College.
Traditional musicians and vocalists from many regions of Greece will kick-off this year’s events in a night of dancing and fellowship, a Parathosiako Glendi, onFriday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m., to be held at Terrace on the Park, in Flushing N.Y.
PARATHOSI 2016 Dance Festival strives to bring together the youth of our parishes and communities, to provide a platform for their talents and pride in traditional dancing; and to cultivate and promote our rich Hellenic heritage.
“Our vision is to involve as many groups and teams as possible in order that we expand and continue to promote the deep love and respect we all have for our ancestral traditions,” said Dn. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos, the director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Direct Archdiocesan District. “We hope that this festival provides a haven and an outlet for those that are seeking to express their love for dance on a District Level.”
This year, the event has been opened to groups from other Metropolises of the Archdiocese and groups from Greek-American community associations representing various regions of Greece. The festival is organized in divisions according to age. Division 4 is for children up to 8 years old and their dance performances are not judged in competition. Division 3 is for children 9-11 years of age, division 2 is for youths 12-14, division 1 is for teenagers 15-17; and young adults 18 and over, they compete in the senior division.
The PARATHOSI 2016 Dance Festival will take place Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College, Reeves Avenue, in Flushing, NY and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The Evening of Parathosiako Glendi, will take place Friday, Feb. 26, starting at 7:30 p.m., at Terrace on the Park, in Flushing N.Y. For more information call (212) 774-0412 or visit the web pagewww.parathosi.com