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The Most Well-known Greek Dances (video)

1. Sirtaki

Sirtaki (additionally known as syrtaki) is arguably essentially the most well-known Greek dance to the non-Greeks. It owes its fame to the film “Zorba the Greek” (1964) with Anthony Quinn. The eminent Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis created this dance by alternating gradual and quick steps of two well-known Greek dances, Hasapiko and Hasaposerviko. Thus, Sirtaki was born and took its child steps on the massive display screen! The remaining is historical past… In the present day, it is among the most well-known and enjoyable Greek folks dances, elevating the spirits each time. To bop it, place your arms in your neighbors’ shoulders and kind a line or a circle.

2. Ikariotikos

Positively one of the vital beloved dances in Greece, Ikariotikos is a really thrilling and enjoyable dance. It’s a part of the “Nisiotika”, the dances that come from the Greek islands (‘nisi’ means ‘island’ in Greek), and particularly from the island of Ikaria. The dance has three completely different phases. It begins with a gradual tempo, then strikes to the second stage the place the tempo quickens. Lastly, within the third stage, the tempo turns into even quicker and everybody wants to maneuver in full synchrony with a view to handle the dance. The quicker the tempo, the extra enjoyable it’s, so it’s not stunning that this is among the most well-known Greek conventional dances. It’s carried out in a line or a circle and the dances maintain palms at shoulder peak.

3. Kalamatianos

One other very talked-about folks dance in Greece. It derives its identify from Kalamata, the town of the Peloponnese peninsula. However, it’s well-known throughout Greece and is established as a Pan-Hellenic conventional dance. Kalamatianos dance can also be carried out in a line or a circle, with dancers holding palms. Its roots may be traced in Greek antiquity, all the way in which again to Homer!

4. Hasapiko

Mikis’ inspiration for creating the Sirtaki. Hasapiko is a conventional Greek dance that has its roots within the metropolis of Constantinople. Its historical past goes all the way in which again to the Center Ages when butchers carried out battle dances with swords. Thus, the identify of the dance (‘hasapis’ means ‘butcher’ in Greek). Identical to the Sirtaki, Hasapiko is carried out in a line or a circle, with the dancers inserting their arms on their neighbors’ shoulders. Hasapiko progresses from a gradual to a quicker tempo. The faster-paced model known as Hasaposerviko.

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5. Tsamiko

This Greek fold dance has been characterised as Pan-Hellenic, though it isn’t standard within the Greek islands. Its roots are traced within the motion of the ‘Klefths’ throughout the Greek Revolution within the early nineteenth century. The Klefths have been anti-Ottoman, warlike mountain-folk who lived within the countryside when Greece was part of the Ottoman Empire. Initially, solely males carried out this dance. In the present day, girls be a part of as nicely. When this occurs, it often features a ‘double banister’, with males dancing within the outer circle and girls within the internal. Alternatively, there may be one circle with one male dancer adopted by a feminine and so forth. Tsamiko may be danced by the entire group (that’s, everybody performs the identical steps-movements) but additionally individually, the place the primary dancer does a solo, improvising and expressing himself.

6. Pentozali

The Pentozali is a really enthusiastic, battle dance. It’s the dance of revolution. Straight linked with the historical past of Crete and its folks’s liberation struggle. Nothing on this dance is unintended. Each half (from the music to each step of the dance) is symbolic of their struggle for freedom. It’s danced in a line, with the lead dancer performing varied strikes, whereas the opposite dancers comply with with the fundamental steps.

7. Sousta

One other Cretan dance, Sousta is one other very well-known conventional Greek dance, now being carried out throughout Greece. It’s a love dance, with the person and lady dancing dealing with one another. First, the dance begins in a circle with a hand grip from the palms and the elbows bent. Then, the circle begins to dissolve and the 2 reverse scales come nose to nose. Sousta appears to be the traditional dance that was known as “Pyrrhichios” however with the entry of ladies into the dance, its nature modified and from warlike it turned purely erotic. The dance consists of small steps which can be carried out on the spot or transferring barely ahead, backward, proper and left, with the addition of aspect steps and different variations. Two good dancers can simply carry out a love story from the start to the top.

8. Zeibekiko

It is a dance utterly completely different from the above. That is carried out by one dancer at a time and it doesn’t precisely have particular steps to comply with. It’s a free dance and it relies on the character of every dancer. Improvisation is a precious ability right here and, though gradual in tempo, it has a powerful depth. It was a dance for males solely however right now everybody can dance to it. Every dancer has his personal figures with which he expresses himself. Additionally, every dancer dances to just one tune, solely as soon as. Many occasions it’s his personal, particular tune and never a random one. Historically (and this stays a powerful customized in some areas of Greece even right now), when somebody is dancing nobody else is allowed to interrupt or disturb him, or dance with him in the identical place.

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