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Kalamatianos: The most popular folkdance influence in Greek era.

The Kalamatianós 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. As is the case with most Greek folk dances, it is danced in circle with a counterclockwise rotation, the dancers holding hands. It is a […]

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Ballos: Various forms of folk dance island culture.

The Ballos dance (from the Italian ballo via Latin “ballo“) is one of the best known Greek folk island dances in Greece. There are also different versions in other Balkan countries. The Ballos is of Greek origin, with ancient Greek elements. The melody of a ballos is generally joyous and lyrical which is typical of the music of the Aegean […]

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Tsamikos: A popular greek folk dance also known as Arvanitikos or Kleftikos.

The Tsamikos or Kleftikos is a popular traditional national folk dance of Greece, done to music of 3/4 meter. This dance is usually performed to celebrate national events like in the anniversary of the declaration of the start of Greek War of Independence in 1821. The dance follows a strict and slow tempo not emphasising on the […]

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Pentozali: The tradermark folk dance of Crete through the years.

The character of Crete and the Cretans is reflected in their music and dance: Crete is one of the very few places in Greece where the traditional music heritage is growing rather than remaining static or even withering away. Contemporary Cretan dance is especially energetic, fast and characterized as warlike and aggressive. Many dances are for […]

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Kotsari: The true folk-dance culture of Pontiac Hellenism.

The Kotsari is a popular dance amongst Pontic Greeks. It was danced in the eastern regions of Pontus such as Argyroupolis, Bayburt and primarily by the Pontic people of Kars. The dance was introduced to the Upper Matsoukans in the last decades prior to the Exchange and it is sometimes said that the Matsoukans learnt the […]

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Hasapiko: A Greek folk dance with roots from Constantinopole.

The Hasapiko can be danced as a slow dance but also as a fast dance and originated in Constantinople in the middle ages. Though the Hasapiko is still used regionally, it is often replaced by the Sirtaki dance. Hasapiko dance is a Greek folk dance which is celebrated in Greek Northern mainland and islands. Its name comes from […]