COMENIUS PROJECT (2012-2013) “Building the cultural bridges of friendship” Greek Folk Dance ES L NOT ES ERA DANC GEN EEK Y GR C ES B ON DAN N AND EGIO R2nd EPAL School, Serres Greece
Greek Folk DanceDance has played an important role in the life of Greeks all through 2 their history.
...We havetravelled back intime,in an effort todiscoverthe art, theculture, thecolour, the way ofour ancestorsexpressedthemselves once. 3
In ancient times, dance was very important inparticular for its educational properties. Dance wasessential for developing personality as well aspreparing for battle. Dance along with music, writingand physical exercise, was the basis of theeducational system. 4
6th century B.C. In ancient times, dance was held in high regard in particular for its educational properties. Dance was essential for developing personality as well as preparing for battle. Dance along with music, writing and physical exercise, was the basis of the educational system.Byzantine fresco 5
0 The dance, of all the arts, is the one that most influences the soul. Dancing is divine in its nature and is the gift of the gods. Plato 6
Dance is an expression of human feelingsand everyday life. 7 O Απολλων με τις μούσες
Dance was regarded as one of the highestforms of art. 13 Pirixioς, Jean-Léon Gérôme
Most dances are circle dances, start with the right foot andmove counter-clockwise. Each dancer is linked by ahandkerchief or by holding hands, wrists or shoulders. 14
REGIONAL CHARACTERISTICSGreece has 6mainland regions:Macedonia, Epirus,Thrace, Thessaly,Central Greece andPeloponnesus. Inaddition, the islandsfall into 3 maingroups: the IonianIslands, the AegeanIslands and theDodecanese Islands.The largest of all theGreek islands is 15Crete.
MACEDONIAMACEDONIA is very mountainous with small valleys.Macedonia has an especially rich folk culture.The variety is partly due to its geographical position where itborders with the Balkans 16
MacedoniaMacedonian dances can range from beingfast and light-hearted to heroic and slowin tempo.Instrumentation includes gaida, daouli,klarino, and karamouza. The main dances areKori Eleni•Tsourapia•Sergiani or “Siganos•Ena ki ena (one by one)•Gaida (basic)•Sirtos of Orini Serres•Zamantas•Gerakina•Hasapiko 17