Anastacia (Stacie) Zoumberakis has been involved in The Metropolis of San Francisco’s Folk Dance Festival Ministry for almost 30 years. Starting her Greek dance career at 7 years old, she continued dancing for 20 years, ten of which were with the Olympian dancers.
She began directing at 16 years old, and has now been directing for over 20 years. She has directed all age groups, including adult groups with her husband, Stelios Zoumberakis, who is also a judge at FDF and HDF. Currently directing the high school group Nea Ellas of Long Beach, she continues her passion to teach and research. She has participated in various symposia around the world, including Mazoxi in Crete, Yasoo! Symposium in Seattle, and various symposia in Northern and Southern California. She has recently extended her knowledge and teaching of dance by judging at HDF and helping directors from the Atlanta diocese.
She specializes in many areas of Greece, with a concentration in Crete, the Cyclades, the Dodekanisa, Thrace, and Macedonia. A founding member of the Long Beach Dance program, she helped write the by-laws that are upheld today, making it one of the most successful dance programs on the West Coast. Acknowledging the need for directors, she helped implement a mentoring program in 2004 for young dancers who had an interest in directing. Since that time, she has helped train over 30 new directors in Long Beach, fostering a wonderful directing team that has learned about teamwork and the importance of instilling our culture and the love of Greek dance to our youth.
Stelios Zoumberakis has been participating in FDF for over 25 years through dancing, directing, and organizing. He began his dancing career at St. George Parish in Downey, California and later at Assumption in Long Beach, California. He started directing 15 years ago at various churches in the southland including St. Sophia, St. George, and Assumption, and has gained a vast amount of experience with many regions throughout Greece.
Stelios has extensively studied the dances and traditions of Rethimno, Crete, which is where his family originates. He has conducted extensive field research in the various villages of his parents, uncovering various differences between the dancing of villagers versus the dancing of “performance” groups. Through his many of years of dancing and directing, he also has a broad knowledge of dances and traditions from the Cyclades, Dodecanesa, Macedonia, Thrace, and Pontos. He currently provides consultation with various dance directors throughout the southland and has been a dance judge at FDF and HDF.