First organized in 1977, FDF originally stood for Folk Dance Festival. Later, the Choral competition was added to this ministry, so FDF now represents the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival Ministry. The acronym FDF now also stands for Faith, Dance & Fellowship! FDF has grown to be the single largest gathering of young people and their families in the Metropolis every year!
There is no minimum age requirement to dance at FDF. Some communities have dance groups with children as young as four years of age. However, groups with children up to eight years of age dance on a non-competitive basis.
There is also no minimum age requirement for children to sing in a choral group.
While the dance competition is most prevalent, the Choral Ministry has been an integral part of FDF for many years. The goal of the choral competition is to enhance the music ministry of the Metropolis through encouraging youth participation, and to promote the study and performance of both the sacred music of the Greek Orthodox Church and the secular music of Hellenic heritage.