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 12:15PM to 1:15PM

Register Online! 

Important Dates 2021-22

Registration Opens: Oct 5
First Class: Oct 16
Last class before Winter break: Dec 18
Classes resume: Jan 8
Family Day, No Classes: Feb 19
Greek Independence, No Classes: Mar 26
Easter Break, No Classes: Apr 23
Victoria Day, No Classes May 21
Greek Night (tentative): May 21
Last Class: June 4


Hello Parents and Dancers,

We are pleased to announce that Niata will start up again on October 16, 2021! It has been far too long for all of us to be apart. Now is the time to bring our youth together and teach them the joy Greek dancing brings to life.

We will be following the health guidelines set out by Government of Alberta, such as hand sanitization, masking, and submitting the health checklist form for each student this school year.

Niata has been serving Calgary’s Greek community since 1985 and we want to thank everyone that has supported us and participated over the past 36 years. We want to return to the dance floor as much as you do because it is important to continue this culturally rich tradition with our youth and to strengthen our community.

Please pass this information onto anyone that may be interested in having their children learn Greek dance. The Niata program is for students between Grades 1-12. Classes are Saturdays from 12:15PM-1:15PM. Please 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


The Niata dance program is for students between Grades 1-12. Please complete one online registration form for each child.


        • Members - Free
        • Non-Members - $ 150 per child
        • Costume deposit - $ 1,000 cheque, post-dated to June 30, 2022
        • Costume Cleaning & Maintenance - $ 25
  • Tuition fees for non-members can pay by credit card/debit card, or e-transfer.
  • Membership fees can pay online through the membership portal, credit card/debit card, or e-transfer.
  • If you are experiencing financial hardship, please speak to Fr. Thomas (403.246.4553 ext. 2) or any member of the executive community council.

Dance groups are as follows:

        • Level 1: Grade 1 & 2
        • Level 2: Grade 3 & 4
        • Level 3: Grade 5 & 6
        • Level 4: Jr. High
        • Level 5: High School
  • Changes to this outline may be necessary once we establish the number of students in each group.
  •  Groups are set based on age/grade. 
  • Remember that this is an opportunity for our children to build friendships with others in our community. 
  • If you have an issue or concern, please approach the Niata Director directly and allow the teachers to teach their class.

COVID-19 Information

We will be following the health guidelines set out by Government of Alberta, such as hand sanitization, masking, and submitting the health checklist form for each student this school year.

Director 2021/22
Eleftheria (Effy) Klironomos

Instructors 2021/22

Ephrosyne Kantzas
Vasiliki Koutroumpi
Athena Manolakos
Elias Manolakos
Evangelos Manolakos

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