Folkway - Folk - Traditional - Folklore - Pentozali - Dance

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 […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional - Folklore - Kotsari - Dance - Pontic Greeks

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 […]

Folkway - Folk - Traditional - Folklore - Sousta - Dance

Sousta: Danced in Crete, performed in Cyprus with a Balkan way!

Sousta is the name of a folk dance in Cyprus and Crete which and generally in the Balkans region. The music is generally played with a lyre (lyra) (Cretan & Pontian) (or violin), laouto, and mandolin.There are elements of eroticism and courtship acted out in the dance, which is usually performed by pairs of men and women dancing […]