Stacie Peroulas, Chair
Renee Fragakis, Vice Chair
Spiro Galanis, Treasurer
Sarantos Kaperonis, Adult Program Liaison
Maria Kleto, Outreach Chair
Elaine Mahairas, Costume Coordinator
Denice Polemides, Parent Liaison
Fr. Jonathan Mettasophia, Spiritual Advisor
Please contact Maria Kleto directly for information about community performances
Dance Board has regular monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.
“Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.”
The tradition of Greek folk dance in Charlotte dates back to the parish’s inception, but it became particularly strong after the community established its Yiasou Festival in 1977. The halls of Holy Trinity are almost always filled with music and dance!
- Our current program has more than doubled since 2000, and Holy Trinity now boasts one of the largest Greek folk dance programs in the country.
- We offer dance for all levels, from our youngest kindergartners through our adult program.
- Close to 400 dancers participate in our exhibition/festival program, and approximately 100 of those dancers participate in our competitive year-round program.
- Holy Trinity’s Greek Folk Dance Board as well as a group over thirty volunteer instructors work diligently to ensure and improve the quality of our program.
- We have established a grade-level curriculum that aims to expose our students to a wide variety of regional styles over the course of their K-12 years.
- Greek dance at Holy Trinity is truly a family affair, with many of our award-winning costumes sewn locally by the mothers and grandmothers of our dancers.
Competitive Program/Hellenic Dance Festival
Our mission is to pass on to the next generation the precious and rich heritage of traditional Greek song and dance, which express the history, joy and pure celebration of life’s events. Our program aims to promote fellowship and a shared love and appreciation for this history.
Hosting the 2015 Hellenic Dance Festival (HDF) was a particular thrill for our program, as we welcomed approximately 1000 Greek dance enthusiasts to our city. HDF 2015 brought unprecedented competitive success for our program, with all of our groups earning third place or higher in their respective categories. In addition, both Division I and Division II Diamond Award winners were from Holy Trinity (Fourtouna and Thrylos).
At the 2020 Hellenic Dance Festival, held in Orlando in January, Holy Trinity’s four competitive groups represented our program beautifully and were recognized with the following awards:
Fourtouna (Directors: Chloe Savvides, Kathy Xyrafakis, John Shelton)
– Gold Medal, Advanced Intermediate Category, Choral Award
Armonia (Directors: Stacie Peroulas, Maria Kaperonis)
– Platinum Medal, Advanced Junior Category
Dynasteia (Directors: Evelyn Karres, Cathy Bisbikis, Kathy Pittman, Heather Copsis)
– Gold Medal, Junior Category, Folk Expression Award
Levendia (Directors: Renee Fragakis, Marina Photopoulos, Katie Karadimas)
– Gold Medal, Advanced Primary
Thrylos Adult group performing at the Yiasou Festival
Dynasteia, our youngest competitive group, competing in HDF 2019