WHEN:  October 5 - 7, 2018

Marriott Oakbrook, IL

The Midwest Hellenic Dance Festival is dedicated to promoting, preserving and perpetuating the traditional Greek dance, music and fellowship of our Hellenic Heritage. Through this annual event, we wish to develop an awareness, appreciation and love for our Hellenic culture and create a greater communion and stronger ties with fellow Greek Orthodox Christians for generations to come. The festival will consist of workshops and a traditional Glendi celebration which will showcase dance troupes from Chicago and throughout the midwest. For more information, see below and contact Tina Lambros Anagnos,  The registration link can be found HERE.

Registration for the Midwest Hellenic Dance Festival 2018 is now open! 

The weekend's events kickoff Friday evening with registration, an introductory workshop, and a Meet-and-Greet reception and Dance Party.  Workshops are scheduled for Saturday morning and afternoon, for adults and children ages 9-12 years old. Our talented instructors are looking forward to sharing their knowledge and passion for dance.*Note*:  ALL dance group members performing during MHDF must register for the entire weekend (full package).

*This year we will again be offerering youth workshops for ages 9-12 years old that will run simultaneously with the adult workshops.  The youth dance workshops will be combined with a service project and will be instructed by Metropolis Youth Dance Instructors from our community.


Friday, October 5th

Registration - 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Adult Workshop #1 - 7:00-9:00 p.m.  Ages 13+

Youth Workshop #1 - 9-12 years old (will run simultaneously with the adult workshops)

Friday Night Meet and Greet Reception - 9:00-11:00 p.m.Vegetarian Reception Station and Friday Night Dance Party; music provided by DJ Taki "Z"

Saturday, October 6th

Continental Breakfast - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m

Workshop #2 - 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Youth Workshop #2 - 9-12 years old

Lunch - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workshop #3 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Youth Workshop #3 - 9-12 years old

Saturday Night Glendi

Appetizers - 6:00 p.m.

Dinner - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 7th

Orthros/Divine Liturgy - 8:15 a.m. Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church2501 S Wolf Rd, Westchester, IL 60154Hotel shuttle bus will be available to and from the hotel

Luncheon - 12:30 p.m.

Performances following lunch

You can email us at with questions.  

Our guest instructors will be Dean Avdalas who will focus on Monastiri (Anatoliki Romilia) and Joe Graziosi who will focus on dances from Epiros.

Konstantine "Dean" Avdalas has been dancing and directing at FDF for 30 years. His passion and love for Greek culture has grown over this time leading him to develop exemplary skills as a dancer, director, choreographer, and researcher. His main areas of research and interest include Epiros, Sarakatsan villages, and Megalo Monastiri (refugees residing in Neo Monastiri, Domokou, Thessalia). Specifically, he has presented groundbreaking work with the Albanian border villages of Northern Epiros and the customs of the Dodekaimerou in Neo Monastiri. His knowledge of Greek folk culture encompasses dances, songs, customs, and costuming. Over this time, he has been involved with FDF, he has amassed a vast collection of field research and music from all areas of Greece. He served as judge at the HDF in the Metropolis of Atlanta since 2011 and at the FDF in the Metropolis of San Francisco (2013). 

Joe Kaloyanides Graziosi, of Greek and Italian ancestry, grew up in the Boston area and graduated with a degree in History from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. With a mania for Greek music and dance from an early age, Joe has done extensive research on regional dance in Greece and among Greek communities in the U.S. He has taught throughout the world for community groups and at major folk dance camps, including the Balkan Music and Dance Workshops since 1982. He was a co-founder of New York's Greek American Folklore Society (GAFS) along with its director, Paul Ginis, where he taught throughout the decade of the 80s. Joe has taught and introduced people to Greek dance in Taiwan, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and England and has taught regularly in Japan since 1990, and returned there again in 2017. Joe has also given talks on traditional Greek music and dance for the ethnomusicology departments at UCLA and UCSB. He has served as judge and advisor for the west coast Greek Orthodox (San Francisco Metropolis) Folk Dance Festival (FDF) since 1984, and judge and advisor for the Atlanta Metropolis’ Hellenic Dance Festival (HDF) for numerous years. He is, along with Ahmet Luleci, co-founder of the annual World Music & Dance Camp, now in Iroquois Springs, NY.

*Please Note, Tickets are non-refundable*

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