St. Michael Mediterranean Festival

Al-Juthoor Dabke Troupe

Dabke is a typical dance performed by a group of people at joyous occasions such as weddings and festivals. It is very common in the Middle East and is characterized by lots of stomping and footwork. Al-Juthoor, which means the roots in Arabic, brings that same dance style all the way from overseas right here to St. Michael Orthodox Church in Beaumont! This group is comprised of teen and young adult parishioners of St. Michael, and we have been blessed with their presence for 6 years now. Be sure to check them out! 


The Olympian Dancers

The Olympian Dancers Greek dance troupe was established in 1995 in order to provide the young Greeks and Greek-Americans of our community an opportunity to learn and participate in their heritage through the art of dance.The troupe strives to recreate traditional Greek dances as accurately as possible. As a result, the Olympians have expanded the repertoire of dances, as well as costumes, to provide showcase performances of traditional Greek dances from all regions of Greece.

 

Tommy Denos performing Zeibekiko

Zeibekiko is definitely one of the most beloved Greek dances, because it?s passionate and flamboyant. It is a personal dance, a way to express individuality, but also fears and desires, a way to unwind through music and dance. Usually only one person at a time may dance it and everyone else has to kneel down, forming a circle around the dancer, clapping following the rhythm and encouraging the dancer. Occasionally dancers perform feats such as standing around and balancing a glass of wine, a chair, or picking up a table, adding a sense of a little braggadocio and humor.

 

The Kefi Dancers

The Kefi Dancers are middle school children from St. Basil the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Houston.  Some of the children have been dancing since the age of 5 and have built their repertoire of dances throughout the years.  Their friendship and enthusiam is evident throughout their lively performances as they strive to preserve the authenticity of Greek dance.