Marković is the Head Instructor of the Ellas Dancers of Chicago
alongside his colleague Tom Papadopoulos. Alex has been researching,
dancing, and performing folk dances from the Balkans for nearly two
decades. He has actively danced Serbian folk dance since he was 10, and
has taught Serbian folk dance since he was 18. He instructed youth
dance groups of various ages at St George Serbian Orthodox Church in
Schererville, IN, as well as at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox
Cathedral on Redwood Drive in Chicago, IL. Alex also has many years of
experience dancing, researching, and teaching Hellenic dance
traditions, beginning with Pontian dances in the performing group of
the "Xeniteas" Pontian Society of Chicago at the age of 15 and
continuing with dances from all other regions of Greece as a member of
"Makedonia" (later "Hellas") of the Macedonian Society of Greater
Chicago. Aside from his work with the "Ellas Dancers of Chicago", Alex
also periodically offers public workshops on Serbian and Greek folk
dances at the invitation of various institutions and festivals.
Papadopoulos is the President, Instructor, and Webmaster of the Ellas Dancers of Chicago.
Tom began dancing at the age of 7 at Protypo Hellenic School and began
dancing professionally at the age of 15 with Orpheus Dance Troupe. In
1997 Tom was one of the founding members and Instructors of the
"Makedonia" Dance Troupe of the Macedonian Society. In 2009 Tom became
a founding member of the Ellas Dancers of Chicago. To add to his vast
knowledge of Hellenic Folklore Tom continues to attend workshops
internationally and in the United States.
George Tsiagalis is the Vice President and an assistant instructor of the Ellas Dancer of Chicago. In 1997 George began dancing at the Protypo Peiraiko Hellenic School in Addison. It was during his time in Greek school where his skills as a dancer and as a student began to flourish. In 2008 George began dancing professionally for the Hellas Dancers of the Macedonian Society. In 2009 George became a founding member of the Ellas Dancer of Chicago. George continues to research and learn about Greek dance and folklore through extensive literature review and by attending workshops and seminars. Furthermore, George has graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has earned his Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering and is specializing in cell and tissue engineering and in drug delivery in the brain.
Melegos Papadopoulos is the Secretary of the Ellas Dancers of
Chicago. Lambrini began dancing from a very young age at Protypo
Hellenic School. While at Protypo, Lambrini developed a love for
dancing and Hellenic folklore. Since 1999 Lambrini has taught Hellenic
Dance at Protypo Peiraiko Hellenic School to students 4-18 years of
age. In 2002 Lambrini joined "Makedonia" Dance Troupe and has performed
at various functions across the United States and Canada. In 2004
Lambrini taught Hellenic Folklore for a semester at the Our Lady
Immaculate Church in Oak Park. While at Our Lady Lambrini taught the
students ages 6-14 Hellenic dances, songs, history and language. In
2005 Lambrini was nominated and accepted into International Dance
Council's "Who's Who of Hellenic Dance Teachers." In 2008 Lambrini was
elected as a delegate for SAE and became a member of SAE's cultural
committee. As a member of the cultural committee she was on the team
that organized the first annual America's Greek Dance Competition. In
2009 Lambrini became a founding member of the Ellas Dancers of Chicago.
In order to add to her knowledge of Hellenic Folklore Lambrini
continues to attend workshops internationally and in the United States.
Zissimopoulos is the Treasurer and Committee Organizer of the
Ellas Dancers of Chicago. In 2003, upon returning to Chicago after
college, Kiki joined "Makedonia" Dance Troupe and began performing with
the group at various events in the United States, Canada, and Greece.
She has developed a love and appreciation of Hellenic dance and
folklore and continues to attend instructional workshops in Canada and
the United States. In 2009 Kiki became a founding member of the Ellas
Dancers of Chicago and is excited to work with such a talented and
dedicated group of dancers. In addition to dancing, Kiki enjoys baking
and cake decorating.