We teach greek pop and folk dances from all territories
The word Zeibekikos originates from its first component, the god Zeus
(Jupiter) and its second the word “tip or vekos” meaning bread in Herodotus. From some others the ancient Thracian word “Buka”, which derived from the Phrygian word “vekos” means “gob = bite”. This together with prefix, the vocative of Zeus “Jupiter”, produced the word “Zeybek”. The Zeybek were Greek Thracians, who followed Alexander the Great in his campaign in the depths of Asia. The “Zeybek”, were animal traders and slaughterers, they slaughtered and sold animals. Over the years they wanted to immortalize their heroism and maintain the traditions and thus, created this dance, Zeibekiko, which was danced with swords in hands and sometimes in the mouth. The original form of this dance was the Pyrrhichios, also a war dance, which they considered as a kind of military training and learned by young children. Zeibekikos reflects defeat in battle and danced in honor of the dead warriors. This includes indeed the circular movement and the heavy feeling that exudes. Today it is danced to different tunes, which vary according to their thematic content. In any case, it continues to be the dominant element of our entertainment!
It’s a dance and a song type of Greeks from Macedonia and Constantinopolis. Its root dates back to the Byzantine period, when it was an imitation battle dance with swords from the union of Greek butchers in Macedonia and Constantinopolis. Forms of this dance, was known from earlier years in many parts of the Greek or Greek-speaking Christian area, but more in Constantinopolis and the surrounding area. Previously in order to dance hasapiko one had to wear a cap with a raised visor, making the same step as if all were one body. The hasapiko was the basis for the Syrtaki and abroad it is considered the most representative Greek dance. Today it occurs in 4 forms: hasapiko, hasaposerviko, heavy hasapiko / slow and “politico / taftaliano”.
Also taught : Syrtaki, Ηasaposerviko, Karsilamas
It is a Greek traditional dance belonging to the kind of syrtos dances. In its basic form it has twelve steps, of which the first seven are forward and the remaining five on the spot. The pleasant rhythm and simple footsteps established it as the most popular Greek dance. Danced throughout Greece by men and women.
The Tsamikos is a traditional Greek dance. Previously the tsamiko was danced only by men, but in modern times women participate. The etymology of the word comes from the word Tsamis, meaning “tall”, and refers metaphorically to the levent stature traditionally the dancers have, since “tsam” means fir or pine tree in some areas. In another version, the name comes from Tsamouria, a region of Thesprotia in Epirus. Also called kleftiko = theft, since it was danced by thiefs in the Ottoman era.
Also taught : Syrtos at 2 and 3 Zagori, Zonaradikos, Baintouska, Aptalikos, Leventikos.
The Ikariotikos as illustrated by the name comes from Ikaria, but it’s danced a lot in other regions of Greece, by both women and men. Although previously it was danced with arms crossed, now everyone handholds each other from the shoulders and has nine basic steps!
Dances are an essential cultural feature of Crete. Of the 25 traditional dances recorded today, the most prevalent are limited to five: Pentozalis, Chaniotiko (Syrtos), Sousta, Maleviziotis ( bouncing Kastrinos ) and Sigano (Quiet). Fast dances of Crete, Pentozalis, Sousta, Maleviziotis or Kastrinos and Pidihti have music accompaniment with origins from ancient Pyrrhichios dance that was a military one. In more detail:
The Maleviziotis takes its name from the province of Malevizi where it took its final form. It’s more masculine, the quickest and the most impressive dance of Crete. Danced by men and women, initially, in the circle first and then in a straight line. The basic dance steps are sixteen (eight forward and eight reverse). The dance can be lead by any of the dancers that detach from the circle and move to the front. The dance structure, allows the lead dancer to develop improvisations, to change his step, with skillful jumps, and deep seats, with multiple blows of the hands on the feet (tsalimia), with blows of the feet on the ground, with pauses, turns in the air (orses), e.t.c.
Pentozalis or pentozali danced by men and women, was named pentozali because it symbolizes the fifth zalo (ie step), namely what is considered, the fifth in order hope for the liberation of Crete by the Turks, not because it has five steps as erroneously thought. Clearly a war dance demonstrating the uprising, bravery, heroism and also hope.
Also taught :
Syrtos island, Balos, Vlacha of Naxos Tsirigotikos, bouncing Rodou .
Cretan: Syrtos Hanioti (or Kastrinos) Sousta.
Pontiac: Kotsaris, Double Tic.