A child of the Diaspora, Nancy was always aware of a need to discover the meaning of being Greek but more so to, in fact immerse herself in her Greek heritage. Her first words were in the Greek mother tongue, so it followed as she began to crawl, walk and run that her path would lead her to her Greek roots. Studying later in Greece on scholarships to research the various regions, she was completely overtaken by the sense of freedom of movement and the extreme emotions that come from folk dancing, inspiring her to expand this into a study of performing arts and developing in the process, her signature choreography and direction in Greek Drama and Dance Theatre.
A performer and actor on stage, film and television while in Australia, Nancy also directed and ran her own school and Greek Folklore Centre. In 1990, she arrived in Toronto and brought with her a myriad of priceless authentic traditional and theatrical costumes, regional artifacts and treasures, a library of plays, research books and music that she has continued to curate and expand and the circle brings her back to now running her own school once more when one would think she would be ready to retire. As the artistic director of the Greek Community of Toronto for 23 years, Nancy created a dynamic group of performers, Theatre Nefeli, garnering national and international acclaim, winning countless prestigious awards and most importantly for her, the genuine love and admiration of the audiences. It is no wonder that she can’t seem to stop … her need to inspire and pass on this Hellenic Spirit to future talented performers is stronger than it ever was in her youth.
She is now elated to see one of her former students and star performers venture into his own creative realm. Kindred spirits, George performed, choreographed, assisted in directing and indeed inspired the group carrying on and helping lead classes, rehearsals and group morale. Nancy felt confident that one day in the future she would be handing off the reigns to this brilliant young man … Life took George in a different direction for some time but the never ending circle that binds them brought them back to where it makes sense.
So now that George is testing the waters of his creativity, how could Nancy not dive in with him and experience this defining moment with her pupil, dear friend and artistic counterpart? Nancy finds herself once more on the stage, as an actor, exploring her own talent and pushing her own skills as she brings her character to life.
This is a day that she has dreamed of for so very long and the reality is more splendid than any dream could ever be.