Music... Dancing... Singing...
The Greeks call it KEFI - when the music is playing and the joys of life consume you making you want to jump, dance and yell OPA! The Las Vegas Greek Food Festival is all about KEFI!
Let the continuous live Greek music from The Las Vegas Greek Festival fill you with joy and then be prepared for the energetic live traditional Greek dance performances by St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church's own folk dance festival winning dancers.
The Greek dance performances will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM and from 7:15 PM to 7:45 PM.
The Olympians started their band as three teenagers in 1976 in Southern California. They soon developed a notorious reputation for their ability to energize a party and keep the dance floor full. It wasn't long before they were the favorite among many Greek communities across the Western United States. After performing for 37 years, recently the Olympians were inducted into the Western Diocese Folk Dance Festival Heritage Hall of Fame. Today, the Olympians combine a versatile arsenal of modern and traditional instrumentation and have developed a vast repertoire of diverse music.
Etho Ellas has been together for over 14 years and is comprised of musicians from Chicago, Denver and now Las Vegas. Dependent on venue, the band will feature up to four musicians and two vacalists, male and female. All of the band's participants have worked for years professionally in Greek nightclubs and have performed with top Greek Artists. This year's St. John the Baptist Greek Food Festival will feature Costas Andoniadis and Lia Vasilakopoulou as featured guests; George Andretsos, guitarist from Denver, Angelo Fotopoulos, keyboard from Chicago and Yiannis Fotopoulos, bouzouki from our very own Las Vegas.
Greek Folk Dance
We are very proud of the Greek Folk Dance ministry at St. John the Baptist. Under the direction of our fabulous volunteer dance instructors, the dancers are busy beginning in August preparing for competition at the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance and Choral Festival each February which is attended by hundreds of dancers from all over the San Francisco Metropolis. Each year we have seen tremendous growth in our number of participants and in the ability of the dancers. We are blessed in this community that so many of our children want to learn about their Greek culture through dance and song and that we have such dedicated volunteer instructors willing to work with our kids. We have also been able to incorporate some of our own youth musicians into the performances.
LIONDARIA - Youth Greek Folk Dance Group of St. John the Baptist
This is our group of young dancers ranging in age from 5-7 years old. They are a non-competitive group who learn some of the most basic and popular Greek dances to prepare them for advancement into one of our competitive performance groups.
HRISI THISAVRI - Youth Greek Folk Dance Group of St. John the Baptist
Our youngest competitive group of dancers ranging in age from 8-11 years old. They perform dances from the island of Leros. This group was awarded 2nd Place at the 2009 Greek Folk Dance and Choral Festival in Ontario, California.
STAVROFOI - Youth Greek Folk Dance Group of St. John the Baptist
This group of dancers ranging in age from 12-16 years old performed dances from the Thracian regions of Metaxadis and Boyaliki for the first time this year. The group was awarded the Choral Award for the singing they do during their performance and was awarded 1st Place in their division at the 2009 Greek Folk Dance and Choral Festival in Ontario, California.
ARGONAFTES - Young Adult Greek Folk Dance Group of St. John the Baptist
Our oldest group of dancers consists of dancers in college and older and have been dancing together for many years. This group performs dances from the Pontian regions of Trapezounda and Kars and received the Costume Award and 3rd Place in their division at the 2009 Greek Folk Dance and Choral Festival in Ontario, California in February.