Hellenic Dancers to perform Jan. 28 in Holmdel


HOLMDEL — The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey (HDNJ) will present the 45th anniversary Taverna Night Dinner Dance at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 20 Hillcrest Rd., Holmdel.

Attendees can enjoy a full Greek dinner buffet and desserts, Greek and popular music and a special performance and fashion show by HDNJ.

All proceeds from the event will support HDNJ in preserving the folk dance customs of Greece and perpetuating Greek heritage in America. Funding from the event will also support the dance troupe’s 2017 touring schedule.

“This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey. It is because of this milestone that this year’s program will not only aim to educate and entertain as always, but will also serve to celebrate HDNJ’s 45 years of excellence. It is an honor to carry on this group’s legacy, as well as showcase some of the amazing things we are capable of going forward,” said Artistic Director Spiro Petroutsos.

Founded in 1972 by Fr. Jim and Eleni Chakalos, HDNJ has researched, presented and preserved over 350 folk dances, songs and traditions from mainland Greece, its islands, Cyprus and Asia Minor and passed them to the next generations of Greek Americans. The dance troupe is currently comprised of first-, second-, third- and fourth-generation Greek Americans, ranging in age from 16-45.

Reservations for this event can be made by contacting Cheryl Bontales at 732-796-1006 or info@hellenicdancersofnj.org. Tickets range from $20-$40 and will not be sold at the door.