Documentary

Connecting People, Traditions & Generations

L-R: George Fahouris, Marilyn Kromydas Yeatts and George Scarvelis, members of the original Aegeans folk dance group at St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in San Diego, CA, talk about the founding of FDF in this clip from an interview done in 2015. Sign up for news and we’ll tell you when the full interview is online.

How it Came About

The idea of capturing a video history of the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) originated decades ago. In 2013, Peter Preovolos started putting together a team of professionals to develop a documentary based on first-hand interviews.

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Interviews

Participants from the 1970s to the present day will appear in the documentary, from those who taught the first dancers and recruited judges for the annual dance competition, to young dancers whose grandparents were involved in the original FDF, to international folk dance experts and academics. Some 30 interviews had been conducted as of May 2015.

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Telling the Story

The FDF documentary tells the story of FDF from the points of view of those who were there. Themes that have emerged include community, cultural heritage, faith and spiritual values, leadership/business mentoring, family, and of course, Greek folk dance and music. If you have a story to share, contact us and we’ll make it happen.

The Documentary Premier

Look for news about the release of the first cut of the video, coming soon.

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Observations

One key aspect was that we did not want the concept or the organization to be co-opted by adults. We wanted it to remain a young-adult organized and run event.

George Scarvelis

Founder and 1st Executive Director, FDF

It actually is like a second heartbeat for me. I teach the kids how to praise God’s name through dance. I teach them regions, about ethnic backgrounds, what they’re doing and what it means.

Danny Peter Staveris

FDF Dancer, Director & Judge

FDF was very instrumental in my career and in bringing out a talent that I didn’t know I had, in finance, budgeting and cost control, which I’m still working in today.

Amy Stamison Kotsiomitis

FDF Dancer, Executive Director & Director