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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 […]

Pontiaki Lyra - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Folkway

Pontiaki Lyra: Its origins lay in the Pontus region for years.

The Pontic Lyra is a 3 stringed musical instrument played primarily by those whose origins lay in the Pontus region of north eastern Turkey, those who reside in the northern parts of Greece, and also people from many other parts of the world. It is also known as the Pontian lyra, Pontic fiddle or kemenche. […]

Daouli Drum - Folk - Traditional Musical Instruments - Folkway

The Daouli Drum: Experiencing music, expressing Pontic culture.

Daouli is a wooden cylinder, covered at both parallel ends with skin held taut by rope and is principally a rhythmic instrument. It is played by striking the drum-head with two specially made wooden drumsticks, held one in each hand. For the right-handed drummer, the drum-beater held in the left hand is very thin and […]