Syrtaki Dance

November 18, 2009 by  

Syrtaki dance, also known as Sirtaki dance, is a dance of Greek origin. Syrtaki dance was choreographed by Giorgos Provias for the famous 1964 movie Zorba the Greek. Do you remember that one?

Syrtaki dance is unlike traditional Greek folkdance. According to Wikipedia, Syrtaki dance is a mixture of the fast and slow versions of the hasapiko dance. The music and dance are also referred to as the dance of Zorba or Zorbas.

The name Syrtaki dance comes from the Greek word syrtos. which is a common name for a group of Cretan dances. These traditional dances don’t involve hopping an leaping like pidikhtos. Syrtaki dance has a dragging style.

Syrtaki dance is done in either a circle or line formation with hands held on your neighbors shoulders. Syrtaki dance begins slow and smooth then gets faster which may include some leaps and hops.

Did you ever go to a Greek wedding? It’s great fun. If you haven’t, at least watch “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” But anyway…

Here is a video of Syrtaki dance:

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