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Videos of Dances from Lesvos
Posted by Christos on Tuesday, May 30, 2006

At last some videos of dances from Lesvos on the Internet!

My friend Panagiotis Agiakatsikas has updated his website with some excellent videos of the "Theofilos" Dancing group from Petroupolis! They are dancing Syrtos (Ballos), Karsilamas, and Aivaliotikos. Panagiotis is playing the guitar and his daughter is playing the Santouri. You can find the videos at http://www.iera.gr/mousiki/videos.htm (the link is on my Links page)


I wish I was able to put videos like this on my website - the best I can do is put links to them!

Dance on your own, and...
Posted by Christos on Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dance on your own, and jump as much as you like
Greek Proverb


When you are dancing for your own pleasure and satisfaction, you can, of course, dance as you choose, though if you are dancing to music you will probably keep in time with the rhythm of the music.

If you are dancing with friends, you should fit in with them. To get the satisfaction of dancing together, you should respond to each others dancing, and try to bring out the best in each other. When you are dancing in close contact, or linked with a handhold, you need to control your steps to avoid treading on each others feet.

When you are putting on a show, of course, you are no longer dancing for yourself alone, and you need to dance in a way that will impress your spectators. That calls for some choreography.
For a display, the dancers are usually grouped by size, gender and age. And they move in a more co-ordinated way, which usually means doing the same steps at the same time, because that is what spectators like.

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