Eleni is originally from Chicago, Illinois, where she attended Roosevelt University’s Chicago Musical College and studied Classical Ballet and Spanish Dance. She has traveled throughout Greece studying and collecting information to share with her students and the Greek community. Eleni has studied with the Dora Stratou Dancers in Athens, Greece and the Nelly Demoglou Folklore Theater in Rhodes and has conducted extensive research at the Benaki Museum and the Museum of Folk Art in Athens, the Peloponesian Folklore Foundation in Nafplion, and the Folklore Museums in Kozani and Ioannina. In 1984, she founded the first Greek Dance Conference in the Southeast that focused on the learning and sharing of knowledge gained through research and study and has conducted numerous dance clinics and seminars throughout the Southeast. In 1990, Eleni was the first Greek-American to be selected by the Greek Government to participate in an educational, research expedition, conducting personal interviews in many villages ranging from Macedonia to the Island of Kastelorizzo to record remote village costumes, customs, and dances. While in Atlanta, Georgia, she has conducted presentations for the public school systems in the Atlanta area, The Carter Library, The King Center, The Atlanta History Center, The Carlos Museum at Emory University, The High Museum, and The Georgia Historic Preservation Association. She was also the first President of the Likion Ellinidon in Atlanta. In 1996, Eleni was a consultant to the choreographer of the opening ceremony for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. She was also a key player in the orchestration of the “Tribute to Greece” portion of this spectacular ceremony. In 1998, Eleni was recognized by the San Francisco Metropolis Folk Dance Festival Board of Trustees for her commitment to the preservation of Greek heritage through dance and music. While living in Brussels, Belgium, Eleni was appointed to the Brussels Likion Ton Ellinidon Board of Directors as the Director of Dance. Through the years, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of various national as well as international foundations and societies dedicated to the preservation and education of the Greek culture. Eleni now resides in Charleston, South Carolina and is active in teaching her community about their spiritual and traditional Greek heritage through dance. She also is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors to the Hellenic Dance Festival for the Metropolis of Atlanta and the Past Chairman of the Dance Odyssey Scholarship Program. Eleni has also served as a dance and costume judge for Greek Folk Dance Competitions on both coasts and was honored in 2014 as the Director of the Year for the Hellenic Dance Festival, held in Orlando, Florida.
Emily Hart-Lopez is a NYC-based professional performing artist/dance/fitness instructor/choreographer from Charleston, SC. She currently teaches and freelances in dance,dance film, and music videos while performing with Gotham Dance Theater, the interactive, immersive circus company Cirque du Nuit, along with dance fusion company, Reaction Dance Company NYC. Emily is a 2016 graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), holding a B.F.A in Dance under the direction of Dean Susan Jaffe. Emily has had the privilege of performing repertoire from choreographers such as Bill T. Jones, José Limón, Lucinda Childs, Larry Keigwin, Helen Simoneau, Daniel Gwirtzman, Marc Andrew Nuñez, Hollye Bynum, Lily McAteer, Jim Cooney, Wes Veldink, Emily Greenwell, Casey Noblett, Juliette Nieves, Emma Elliot, Robert Lindgren, Ming-Lung Yang, Brenda Daniels, and Ranko Bogosavac. Emily has performed at the Secret Theatre, Mark Morris Dance Center, Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance, the Ailey Citigroup Theater, and Symphony Space. Other training includes: The American Dance Festival, Broadway Dance Center Summer Professional Semester, the Movement Laboratory Taipei in Taiwan, and the 20th Annual KyotoInternational Dance Workshop Festival. Emily is a proud alumna of SOA is thrilled to be coming back and working with the current students.
Dancer, instructor and choreographer extraordinaire, Jenny Broe, former Executive Director of Dancefx Charleston, is now the owner and Chief Mad Scientist of her new brand and studio “Dance Lab“. Hailing from Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta, GA, Broe joined forces with Dancefx Athens in 2003. As a Dancefx Concert Dance Company Member, she had the honor of performing at Dance ATHENS Dance Festival in 2003-2008, Jazz Dance World Congress in 2005, Piccolo Spoleto Festival 2004-2007, International Dance Grand Prix Italia in Bologna, Italy during the summer of 2007, and the PULSE on Tour in Atlanta 2006-2007, in addition to working as the Project Coordinator for Dancefx, Inc. In 2008 she worked as a master contemporary instructor at Gotta Dance Atlanta and danced professionally before returning to Dancefx, Inc. to launch Dancefx Charleston and the Charleston Dance Project. Her choreographic works were featured at The Piccolo Spoleto Finale, The South Carolina Dance Festival, The BB&T Food and Wine Festival, JAIL BREAK and Charleston Fashion Week to name a few. Broe also served as master contemporary, jazz and hip-hop instructor at the South Carolina dance Festival, Charleston County School of The Arts, the Charleston Dance Festival and SCAHPERD. Broe‘s passion for and dedication to teaching, cultivating, connecting and inspiring the dance community in the Southeast grows and evolves everyday.