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Niata - Greek Folk Dance Program

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Hello Parents and Students,

We are pleased to announce that Niata will start up again on October 15, 2022! Classes are Saturdays, right after Greek School, 12:15pm till 1:15pm, in the basement of the Hellenic Community Hall.

Niata’s dance school-year typically ends in the month of May. That’s when we all come together to celebrate our dancers at Niata’s Greek Night. The dancers show off their new dance skills and the Greek community, as a whole, gets to have a fun night of food, music and dance!!!

Now is the time to bring our youth together and teach them the joy Greek dancing brings to life. It is important to continue this culturally rich tradition with our youth and to strengthen our community.

Online registration is now open! Please submit one form for each child being registered.

Please pass this information on to anyone that may be interested in having their children learn Greek dance. The Niata Greek Dance program is for students between Grades 1-12.

Contact if you have any comments, questions or require additional information.

The wonderful and dedicated volunteer dance teachers and I look forward to seeing you on Saturdays for another great year of Greek dancing and friendship!


Eleftheria (Effy) Klironomos

Niata Director


Niata - Youth Greek Folk Dance Program

Niata Calgary

Niata, directly translated from Greek, means “youth.” The Niata dance began in 1985 with the aim to teach our traditional dances – such an important part of our culture and history – to the youth of our community, and to keep that youth connected to one another. Another part of our mandate is to perform those dances outside of our community, to share Hellenic culture with all Canadians. We are a volunteer-run folk dance group operating under the Hellenic Society of Calgary.

The program is for children from 6-18 years. During its 36-year history, Niata members have performed at a variety of municipal and national events, including the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Its original students now have children of their own in the program. It is one of the longest-running children’s programs in Calgary.

Niata Classes

Saturday Afternoons 12:15 to 1:15

Register Online!

Important Dates 2022-23

First Class: Oct 15
Last class before Winter break: Dec 17
Classes resume: Jan 7
Family Day, No Classes: Feb 18
Spring Break, No Classes: Apr 1
Easter Break, No Classes: Apr 15
Greek Night (tentative): May 20

Director and Instructors


Director 2022/23
Eleftheria (Effy) Klironomos


Ephrosyne Kantzas
Zoe Kantzas
Vasiliki Koutroumpi
Elias Manolakos
Zoe Tarkaziki

Adult Greek Folk Dance Program

Greek dance classes for adults are held Monday nights from 6:00-7:00PM and run from October to June, generally following the Niata Dance schedule.  The cost is $50 for members and $80 for non-members.  Dances from all regions of Greece are taught. This Greek dance class is a great workout, a fantastic way to make new friends and a fun way to learn about the Greek culture through dance. It is open to anyone over the age of 18 and all levels of dance experience, including never having danced before.

After 10 years of dedication to this program, it is with great sadness that we announce the retirement of Kathy Papavacilopoulos-Desautels as the Director.

If anyone is interested in this position, please send an email to Please check back in the beginning of October with more details.

Greek dance