Entertainment Schedule

Greek Festival Entertainment Schedule

In addition to Live Music and Dancing, Church Tours and Cooking Demonstrations are on going through out the weekend.

2:00 Paulina and George Karras Band Simpson Middle Presentation Amphitheater Paulina Point Person
4:00 Bouzoukia Express Band Various Under Tent
4:00 George Karras Band Various Amphitheater
5:00 Asteria – Petaloudes Amphitheater Thassos and Eprios
5:30 Bouzoukia Express with Mixed Dancers Flash Mob Upper Platea one dance, Hassaposervikos, Andrew M point person
6:00 Pitsirikia and Palamakia Under Tent Asia Minor – Kalymnos
7:00 Phoenix – Eleftheria Amphitheater Krete and Sarakatsanika
8:30 Metamorphosi, Asteria & Petaloudes Under Tent Laika Modern – Kritiko Panigyri
9:00 Phoenix & Eleftheria – Metamorphosi Amphitheater Laika Modern – Kritiko Panigyri
10:45 Eleftheria Amphitheater Contemporary Club Show (Zeimbekiko with fire)
12:00 Palamakia – Petaloudes – Phoenix Under Tent Kalymnos – Epiros – Krete
1:00 Palamakia – Petaloudes – Phoenix Amphitheater Thraki – Eptanissa – Krete
2:00 Pitsirikia – Eleftheria Under Tent Asia Minor – Chios
3:00 Pitsirikia – Eleftheria Amphitheater Asia Minor – Chios
3:30 Bouzoukia Express with Mixed Dancers Flash Mob Hassaposervikos Upper Platea
4:00 Asteria – Phoenix – Metamorphosi Under Tent Thassos – Krete – Macedonia
5:00 Asteria – Phoenix – Metamorphosi Amphitheater Thassos – Krete – Macedonia
6:00 Petaloudes – Eleftheria Under Tent Epiros – Sarakatsanika
7:00 Petaloudes – Eleftheria Amphitheater Eptanissa – Sarakatsanika
7:30 Bouzoukia Express with Mixed Dancers (9th grade and up) Bouzoukia Experience Pavilion Rembetika/Laika
8:00 Metamorphosi, Asteria and Petaloudes Under Tent Laika Modern – Kritiko Panigyri
9:00 Metamorphosi and Phoenix & Eleftheria Amphitheater Kritiko Panigyri and Laiko Modern
10:45 Eleftheria Amphitheater Contemporary Club Show (Zeimbekiko with fire)
12:00 Palamakia – Petaloudes – Phoenix Under Tent Kalymnos – Epiros – Krete
1:00 Palamakia – Petaloudes – Phoenix Amiphitheater Kalymnos – Epiros – Krete
2:00 Pitsirikia – Eleftheria Under Tent Asia Minor – Sarakatsanika
3:00 Pitsirikia – Eleftheria Amiphitheater Asia Minor – Sarakatsanika
3:30 Bouzoukia Express with Mixed Dancers Flash Mob Hassaposervikos Upper Platea
4:00 Metamorphosi – Asteria – Phoenix Under Tent Thassos – Krete – Macedonia
5:00 Asteria – Phoenix – Metamorphosi Amiphitheater Thassos – Krete – Kritiko Panigyri
6:00 Phoenix and Eleftheria Amiphitheater Modern/Contemporary Show Combo


Pre K (3 and 4 years old) – “Pitsirikia” – “Wee Little Ones”

Karsilamas is a dance from Asia Minor, once part of Greece, now modern Day Turkey. This dance cans still be seen danced by Greeks who still live in Constantinople (when you talk to a Greek it’s never Istanbul!) and those Greek who are from Constantinople area.

Our little ones will also dance “the Bear Dance.” This is also from the Asia Minor area. Watch and learn which way is best to scare off a bear; make noise by beating on something, or nag and scold it until it leaves?

Pitsirikia inspiration

Kindergaten & 1st Grade – “Palamakia” – “Clapping Hands”

Both dances that the Palamakia group will perform originated in the Asia Minor and the coast of Thraki in northeastern Greece. The Hassapiko, better known as “Zorba” was seen danced by Anthony Quinn on the classic movie “Zorba the Greek.” These little ones learn the basic movements of this difficult dance. This former part of Greece was known for the country’s best butchers and legend says that while one butcher broke down an entire animal the other would dance as entertainment for their customers.  The other dance is called Podarakia, which means “little feet.” The name reflects the taps of the feet in the majority of the dance.

Palamaskia Inspiration

2ND and 3RD Grades – “ASTERIA” – “Stars”

The next three dances are all from the Peloponnese Region of southern Greece.

The Kalamatianos is the celebratory dance from the town of Kalamata, where the famous olives come from. This dance is considered to be the national dance of Greece since the first freedom fighters of the revolutionary war of 1821 danced it, and the surrounding areas of Kalamata and Sparta were the first areas to gain independence.

The next dance is called Tsakonikos. It is a dance that is usually sung while danced. It is a story of a girl who pleads with her mother to let her marry, but not to a strong man because he will be taken to fight in the war and not to give her to an old man because he will leave her and make her a widow.

Last dance is the Tsamikos, the warrior dance of Greece. This dance was considered the official dance of the freedom fighters of the 1821 Revolution. Traditionally this dance was performed only by men, but today you will see men and women both dancing it.


4TH & 5TH GRADES – “PETALOUDES” – “Butterflies”

Our Petaloudes group will perform dances from the Ionian Islands on the western coast of Greece. The Island chain is called Eptanissa, meaning “Seven Islands” for the seven main inhabited islands in the Ionian Sea. These islands have been under Persian, Ottoman, Venetian and Greek rule and have a more Romanesque feeling to them. The music is light and cheerful and the steps full of bounce and twists.

The first dance is called Ai Giorgi, or “St. George.” This dance is danced to celebrate the feast day of St. George who slayed the Devil who was in the form of a large lizard that looked like a Kimono Dragon. The Feast day of St. George is on April 23, but if this date falls during the Great Lent, then this feast day is celebrated the day after Easter, or Bright Monday as we Orthodox Christians call it.

The next dance is called Zagarakia, which means “the scales.” When you see this danced you will see why they call it “scales” since the dancers have a back and forth step as if it were a scale tipping one direction and then the other. In older dance groups, the dance is also danced in one line then in pairs; the pairs “balancing” each other, back and forth.

The last dance is the Bourdaris. The dance is done in one line alternating men and women, to represent the importance of the girl with the red traditional dress which is called a “bourdari”.  This is usually seen danced at weddings and engagements. It is a dance that a young man breaks in line next to the girl he likes, a traditional way of showing his interest.

Petaloudes Inspiration

“Phoenix”   6th – 8th grades – THRAKI (THRACE) SHOW

Our first traditional set is from the region in the northeast corner of Greece called Thraki or Thrace as it is known here. Thraki has a distinct style, many of its dances are called “koutsos” style, which means “limp” since the style of the steps look as if the dancers have limp leg. Thraki is also known for having many “zervos” style dances as well. The word “zervo” means backwards. A vast majority of the Greek dances travel to the right starting with the right foot, but Thraki has many dances that travel to the left, making them “backwards”. This region uses the Gaida, or bag pipe, as its major instrument and is said to reminisce the Celtic sound.

The Middle School group will perform dances from eastern Thraki; Sfarlis, Tremouliastos, Yiariska, and Zonaradikos. The Tremouliastos is a dance that has a trembling bounce in it, hence the name “to tremble”  – Tremouliastos. The Zonaradikos is a dance that is performed with all the men in the front of the line holding on to each other by their belts. The Greek word for belt is Zoni.

Phoenix inspiration

Troupe “Eleftheria” (Freedom) – 9th – 12th grades


These dances are extremely rare dances from Central Greece. They are danced by the nomadic tribe, Sarakatsanos. This tribe has been known to travel from the Peloponesse in the South all the way up to Southern Romania. They are a tribe that is slowly being assimilated into popular culture of central Greece. Their traditions, dialect and dances are slowly being wiped off the map. Genetic studies show that the Sarakatsano people are the oldest known people of Europe, it is sad we are losing one of our last connections to an ancient people. The Sarakatsanoi were tied to the Armartoli, the bandits that began the Greek War of Independence in 1821 and were also known to be strong fighters and fierce patriots. Many of their social dances are dances that are performed before battle by the men of the village. The women’s dances are performed only during the week leading up to a wedding.

The first dance you will see is a traditional Tsamiko. This is a wartime dance, for the men to show off their strength, agility and balance, all things that will help them fight against the Turks.

The next dance is the Despo, a woman’s Tsamiko. A popular name of young ladies in those times was the name Despina, the name Despo is a shortened version of Despina. The dance was named after a young woman with that name. This was common practice to name the dance after a young lady. This dance is only performed during the “prozimia” period of the wedding celebration, the days leading up to the actual ceremony.

Our next dance is called Stavrotos. The word Stavrotos means “Crossed” as in making the sign of the cross. If you have good seats in our amphitheater you will be able to see the crosses that our dancers form. This dance is usually performed for two reasons; one to evoke the power of Christ’s cross and grant them protection in battle by singing about which fir tree has the holy water. The other, is to celebrate a feastday of Christ’s life.

Later we have the Diplos Horos, meaning the doubled dance. It is referred to as doubled because there are 2 lines that will double to four lines. The song talks about how even numbers can be folded together and unfolded, but the odd number can not. This is a metaphor for a home is centered on even four corners, when you have five, it doesn’t hold.

Lastly, we will dance the Ladies Tsamiko called Triantafillia. This also is a dance performed during the week of the wedding preparations.

Eleftheria Costumes

Metamorphosi (Transfiguration) – Young Adults


The Metamorphosi dancers have been a part of Holy Transfiguration since 2005 and have performed at the following Greek Festivals; Marietta, Anderson SC, Chattanooga TN, Macon, Cumming and Athens. They have also performed at numerous other Greek holidays and celebrations across the Carolinas and Georgia. Metamorphosi not only dances, but plays out the local traditions from the regions they have chosen dances and creates a theater type show.

This year they will be performing dances from the southernmost point of Greece, an island called Krete. The Kretan people almost have a cultural all to their own. They are known for lively and fast paced dances with intricate steps and many male tricks. One of their dances they perform was documented in the 4 century B.C. by Homer himself in his book “The Odyssey”.  That dance is called Pentozali  and is still seen in the villages of Krete and at any Kretan party around the globe. They will also dance the Sousta, a courtship dance. The Maleviziotikos is truly impressive with the tricks performed by the leader and the ladies of the village. You feel your own heart race just by watching them dance it! You definitely do not want to miss this performance!!!


The other costume set we have worn by this group is from the island of Krete. The ladies costume is very complicated with many pieces; white blouse, white pantaloon under pants, white cotton skirt, back apron that is called a “stanza”, the regular apron, black or navy velvet colored vest and a red headscarf with gold fringe trim. The men wear a blue wool Vraka (very baggy knee pants), white shirt and blue wool vest. The knit headpiece the men wear have black tears knit at the edges. These tears represent the Turkish lives that were taken in the battles for independence.

The money that you see thrown at the dancers during the shows are given in love as a show of pride and respect to the dancers. In old times this was given to the band, since without good music there cannot be good dancing. Here in Marietta, we use this “tip” money if you will to care for all of these beautiful costumes you see here. We are continuing to build on our collections, every year adding more and more authentic pieces to our closet pieces. Your continued support of our dance program, ensures that this piece of Greek Folk history will not be lost. We thank you for that support and invite you to come and see a living folk museum at every Greek Festival!