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GREEK FOLK DANCES

DANCES OF OUR REGION, THESSALY

Pera ston pera maxala ( )

This dance came from Karditsa, which is one of the biggest cities in Thessaly. Like most of the thessalic dances, this dance has a lot of slow and magnificent movements.

DANCES OF OUR REGION, THESSALY

Thessalikos ()
It is a dance which is danced by men and women and came from Tyrnavos. The dancers form an open cycle and they have to look at the center of it. The right foot goes into the out part of the left.

DANCES OF OUR REGION, THESSALY

Karagkouna ()

This is one of the main dances of Thessaly which is danced in other regions, too. The song of the dance is in order to admire the wonderful costume of the women, in the local villages. All the dancers form an open cycle

DANCES OF OUR REGION, THESSALY

Pilioreitikos ()

It is a dance which came from Pilio and it is danced by men and women. During the dance, the dancers form a labyrinth. It has twelve steps.


DANCES OF OUR REGION, THESSALY

Other dances of Thessaly are: tasia (), tsamikos (), syrtos (), svarniara (), kleistos argitheas ( ), berati (), kagkeli (), rougkatsiariko (), tai-tai (-)

COSTUMES:

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

Dances from MACEDONIA

Famous Macedonia (Greek: - Makedonia xakousti) is a military march, often regarded as the unofficial anthem of the Greek region of Macedonia, and used by the Hellenic Army since the Balkan Wars.

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

Dances from THRACE

The dances are circular, opposite and mixed and have various names, mostly out of the way or the circumstances under which are danced.

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

Zonaradikos

Mixed dance, danced from men and women, impressive, with great spreading throughout Thrace. Owes its name to the fact that the dancers grabbed each other by belts. Danced circular

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

Sigkathistos

Particularly important dance, by men and women. Danced at weddings, when they go to pick up the bride, also in festivals and other celebrations. It owes its name to the the step of a semi-sit dancer in the right and one on the left leg.

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

Antikristos or Karsilamas

Dance which is widely spread (Qarshi = opposite). Customary especially in wedding ceremonies and amusements

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

The hasapiko (Greek: , pronounced [xasapiko], meaning the butcher's [dance] from Turkish: kasap butcher) is a Greek folk dance from Constantinople. The dance originated in the Middle Ages as a battle mime with swords performed by the Greek butchers guild, which adopted it from the military of Byzantine era.

DANCES OF NORTHERN GREECE

Mantilatos

Dance opposite, usually by a man and a woman. Owes its name to the handkerchief to keep the dancers. Used especially at weddings, on the road, when they went to get the bride or the best man for the Church

DANCES OF SOUTHERN GREECE

Traditional folk dances of PELOPONNESE

DANCES OF SOUTHERN GREECE

Tsamiko

The name Tsamiko literrary means dance of the Chams

Alternative name Kleftikos literally means dance of the Klephts

Danced almost exclusively by men

Strict and slow tempo not emphasising on the steps

Attitude, style and grace

DANCES OF SOUTHERN GREECE

Kalamatianos can be found in antiquity.

Is a popular Greek folkdance throughout Greece , Cyprus and internationally.

Is often performed at many social gatherings worldwide.

The lead dancer usually holds the second dancer by a handkerchief.

It is danced in circle with a counterclockwise rotation.

Traditional folk dances of Crete Island

The roots of Kalamatianos can be found in antiquity. Homer, in the Iliad, describes three performances made around the spear of Achilles that depict a dance in an open circle.[citation needed] The ancient Spartans had a dance called hormos, which was a syrto style dance described in detail by Xenophon where a woman led a male into dance using a handkerchief. Lucian states that the ormos dance was performed in an open circle and was done by young men and women. The men would dance vigorously while the women danced with modest movements.

The Kalamatians is one of the best known dances of Greece. It is a popular Greek folkdance throughout Greece, Cyprus and internationally and is often performed at many social gatherings worldwide.

The lead dancer usually holds the second dancer by a handkerchief, this allowing him or her to perform more elaborate steps and acrobatics.

As is the case with most Greek folk dances, it is danced in circle with a counterclockwise rotation, the dancers holding hands.

DANCES OF SOUTHERN GREECE

Pentozali is the trademark folk dance of the island of Crete

The name can thus be translated as "five-steps"

In the spirit of wordplay, zali means dizziness.

Is a war dance.

The first dancer is expected to improvise engaging in acrobatics.

DANCES OF SOUTHERN GREECE

Pyrichios

The best known war dance of the Greeks

Practiced at first solely as a training for war

It's time was quick and light

It was described by Xenophon in his work the Anabasis

The dance was loved in all of Greece and especially the Spartans

DANCES OF THE EASTERN GREECE

Dances from the islands of the AEGEAN sea

DANCES OF THE DODEKANESE

Issos () , Sousta of Rhodes ( ) , Machanic of Kalymnos ( ), Sousta of Symi ( )

Sousta, . It is the favorite dance of all the Dodekanese. A dance with passion, power and endurance. It is said to resemble to the old Pyrrichios, but transformed into a love dance.

DANCES FROM THE WESTERN GREECE

Dances from Eptanisa, IONIAN SEA

DANCES FROM THE ISLANDS OF IONIO

The western and especially the Italian influence has influenced a lot the music of the Eptanisa (Islands of western Greece). The dances are mostly danced in circles by women.

Ai Giorgis ( )

Danced in Kerkyra by women holding big handkechiefs.

Other dances are Ballos (Leucade), Divaratikos (Cfalonie),Fourlana (Corfou), Levantinikos (Zakynthos)

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