FDF and the Greek Diaspora

FDF and the Greek Diaspora

Alkis Raftis is the president of the International Dance Council at UNESCO, Paris. He is an avid dance researcher, with an emphasis in the ethnographic study of traditional Greek dance. Raftis attended the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) for the first time in 1991 when it was held in Seattle, WA.

FDF Photo Posters

FDF Photo Posters

If every picture tells a story, each of these photo posters is a complete storybook. Images from a single Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) event were collected and posted on their own boards, which are stored by the Preovolos family. Many familiar faces in these individual photos, including people who are still involved with FDF. Besides being a Who’s Who of FDF for that year, the posters show what it was like off-stage at FDF. You can’t help but feel some of the excitement of those who were there.

Come Join the Circling Dancers

Come Join the Circling Dancers

By Professor Louis A. Gaitanis, this poem was adapted as the FDF Official Poem in 1984. It refers to a dramatic and inspiring moment in Greek history, and how the act of holding hands transcends the passage of time. “From Byzantium to the western lands…” the poem resonates.