St. Haralambos Hellenic Dancers was founded in 1985 by
Eleni Paxos. They began lessons in a small classroom where
Eleni taught Greek School at
St. Haralambos for 5 years.
There were 13 female dancers who made their first debut
at the March 25th celebration Greek School program. Today
there are approximately 80 active dancers amongst three
groups. The senior group is considered the performing/traveling
group. Over their 29 years in existence the group has
traveled all over Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida & Canada attending workshops to enhance their dancing
and entertaining many audiences with authentic Greek dancing.
They have also made three trips to the homeland Greece,
where they performed and attended workshops from the professional
dance group of Greece - Dora Stratou Theater. The group
has learned over 150 dances from various regions and islands
of Greece. These include: Thrace, Peloponese, Pontian,
Asia Minor, Epiros, Mykonos, Chios, Crete, Naxos, Kefalonia,
Kithira, Rhodes, Ikaria and Lefkada to name a few. They
also have 5 sets of authentic Greek costumes which include:
Chiotika, Cretan, Ionian (Kefalonia), Peloponese & Thrace. The St. Haralambos Hellenic Dancers are a true
representation of the youth at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox
Church, which exhibit pride in their heritage and who
show love for one of the most authentic arts of Greece.