Phil Voutsakis has been a dancer and instructor for over twenty years. He has been dancing with the Pan-Macedonian Association of Philadelphia’s Spirit of Macedonia dance group since 2006 and is a founding member of St. George Greek Orthodox Church’s Zephyros Troupe. Voutsakis was raised in the St. George Greek Orthodox community of Media, Pennsylvania.
Phil’s love of dance stems from an appreciation for its importance in the community and a reverence for traditions. His dance-related goals include forming a multi-aged dance group, as is common in Greece, to keep people dancing as they progress through life. His favorite dance is Naoussa’s Nizamikos.
For the past three years, the Zephyros Seniors have won first place at the Metropolis of New Jersey’s Folk Dance Festival and the regional Sights and Sounds competition under Phil’s direction.
Originally published on Cosmos Philly by Eleftherios Kostans. Video by Vasilis Keisoglou.