What Are The St. Nicholas Opa! Dancers?
The OPA! Dancers area Greek Folk Dance Troup are hosted at our St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan. Through the endeavours of the dancers and instructors we preserve, promote, and protect our Greek Heritage and culture through dance and music. In our program, we offer instruction in Greek Folk Dancing for dancers of all abilities, ages and level.
Greece is one of the few places in the world where folk dance is still kept alive. It’s a vivid expression of human feeling and our everyday life! The Greeks dance at religious festivals, weddings, baptisms and other celebratory ceremonies. Almost every dance has a story to tell. Traditional dances continue to be passed on from generation to generation to maintain help people maintain their national identity.
The OPA! Dancers came together in 1993 with the goal of promoting and preserving the Greek Folk Dance tradition in a friendly environment. St Nicholas is very proud of our Greek Folk Dance program. The dancers and the instructors attend dance seminars and workshops to further promote and enhance their education of the Greek history and tradition of dance. The instructors have spent countless hours learning new dances and are very dedicated to the dancers in promoting our Hellenism.
The groups perform dances from various regions of Greece and the dancers proudly wear authentic costumes from those regions. We have over 200 dancers from all of the various parishes from the Metropolitan Detroit Area. They consist of groups ranging in age from preschool to college students.
Events & Activities
Our dancers perform at our annual OPA! Fest, Greek Dances, Greek Festivals, Project Hope, Ronald McDonald House, private functions, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Detroit Festival of Arts, Detroit Institute of Arts, and other charitable events.
Our program welcomes dancers beginning from age 3 through college-level students. We are truly blessed to have over 200 dancers in our program! Practices are held on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m., and our first practice will begin in March. Please take a moment to register online. All of our communication is done via email.
Thank you to those who participated in this year's Greek Independence Day Parade. Please enjoy this video from Fox 2 News that features some of our Opa! Dancers!
Please read this message from Tina Souphis on the status of the 2021 Opa! Dancer Program
OPA DANCING 2021……
Christos Anesti! We have received approval from the Metropolis of Detroit that we can move forward with an abbreviated OPA Dance Program for 2021 with all health and safety protocols in place(below are the protocols, please review them in their entirety, as they are also posted on the registration webpage).
Along with an abbreviated dance program, we will be hosting a limited dance recital at our drive thru OPA Fest on June 19th. We are still working on the logistics of the event, and will post more details as available!
If you are interested in participating, please take a moment to register (https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=78265 ) and once you receive all the communication, please let me know if you have any further questions.
As we navigate to host Greek Dancing during a pandemic, we appreciate your patience, as we are still working on finalizing all the details and will do our best to keep you informed.
COVID Safety Plan
Our goal is to have limited dance practice and an abbreviated dance recital during our Opa! Fest Drive Thru!
Opa! Fest Drive Thru June 19th (Stay tune for more details! )
The following is a list of individuals that dedicate their time to teach our Opa! Dancers new Greek folk dances, as well as to coach dancers on existing dances they have learned.
|Tina Souphis||Opa! Dancers Dance Instructor|
Please click here to send an email to the Opa! Dancers. Our email address is OpaDancers@stnicholastroy.org.
Registering For The St. Nicholas Opa! Dancers
Click HERE to register online to participate in the St. Nicholas Opa! Dancers.
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