Greek American Folklore Society is the older folk culture and dance group based in New York since 1983. They have been traveling around the state of New York for three decades now and spreading the Greek culture through dances while they have been invited in other US cities to dance original Greek dances.
It is a non-profit organization that disseminates Greek culture through dances. They have over 200 traditional Greek costumes and uniforms which are of a historical nature and some of them have been offered to the Society by their owners as an indication of recognition of the great work and their contribution to Hellenism in America.
”The Greek dancing is the heart of the Greek cultural tradition”, as band members stated.
Founder of this historic cultural organization is Paul Ginis, student of Dora Stratou and the Lyceum Club of Greek Women. Today his work after his death, is continued by his friends, his sister and a number of young people who love traditional Greek music. One can find them in almost every Greek event that takes place in New York and are now considered basic and essential component of any high standard and prestigious event.
This organization teaches Greek dancing and traditional Greek music to hundreds of children every year and so far it is estimated that thousands of Greek and non-Greek children have attended Greek dancing classes.
The Greek American Folklore Society has classes for kids 6-12, for teenagers 12-24 and the main dance group that is made up of the most talented dancers of all ages. The foundation of the Society at the beginning of 1980 quickly created a large competition and thus, other smaller or larger similar national groups were created throughout America. The members of the Society have taken part in hundreds of Greek festivals and received high distinctions, awards and recognitions for their work and contribution to the Diaspora and the Greek cultural tradition.