Greek Pride was established in 1989 by Mrs. Pauline Vastis and Mrs. Maria Lyssikatos as a way to bring the children of the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church together through their love of Greek dance and music.

The troupe grew, with an average of 40 children, teens and adults participating each year, performing at the Church's annual festival each August. Currently under the direction of Andrea Vastis, along with co-directors Nancy Georgitsis and George Microulis, and dance and costume consultant Pauline Vastis, the troupe performs a wide variety of modern and traditional Greek dances.

Aside from the annual Greek Festival in Pawtucket, Greek Pride has performed at numerous events and locations such as the Rhode Island Heritage Days festival, the Attleboro Museum Heritage festival, the RI Convention Center, Providence Waterplace Park, India Point Park and the Madeira Feast Grounds in New Bedford.

From Athens to Sparta, from the Ballo to Zorba's dance, Greek Pride performs a wide array of traditional and modern Greek dances in traditional ethnic costume. We provide our audience with a brief history of the dance and present the dance as intended, with our own Greek Pride flair.

To have Greek Pride dance at your next function, call the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church at (401) 725-3127 or email us at

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