Cathi Halfhill has been teaching and directing Greek dance since 1991. She has directed many award winning groups from the Long Beach, Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, Pasadena, and San Bernardino communities.
She is a member of the multi Folk Dance Festival sweepstakes award (the highest honor awarded at the FDF) winning group, the Olympian Dancers of The Assumption Greek Church in Long Beach, California.
Cathi has also earned the Sweepstakes award with two groups that she has directed. Other awards earned alongside the 1st through 4th place medals are: choral awards, costume awards, special achievement, and the Director’s award, for which she was granted a trip to the island of Crete in Greece to study with the famed Kety Kareklas and Andreas Fragiadakis. While there she studied the local customs of the peoples of Crete as well as their song and dance.
She also studied the Greek folk costume with Kety Kareklas and Ioanna Papantoniou and has been a consultant to many groups within the United States. Cathi plays the clarinet, and the defi, a percussion instrument. She is currently learning the Kalymnian tsambouna from Manolis Houlis of Kalymnos, Greece.