The Pan Maniot Dance Group: Types of Dances.

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Below is a list of the different dances performed by the Pan Maniot Dance Group.

Tsamikos

A common and famous dance in Greece, the Tsamikos is also known as the "Kleftikos" since it was a much loved and particularly danced by the klephts or brigands of the early 19th century. This dance is probably named for the Tsames in Epirus, but some say that it's named after the clothes of the klepthes, the mountain fighters in the Greek War of Independence. It is traditionally a men's dance and is the best opportunity for a Greek dancer to show off his acrobatic skills.

Palio Maniatiko

A dance found only in the region of Mani. It is an ancient dance that has survived the test of time.

Modern Maniatiko

This Dance is a modern version of the Palio Maniatiko with aspects of the Kalmatiano dance evident in it’s composition. This is also a dance specifically danced only on the region of Mani.

Kalamatiano/Syrto

This is by far the most popular dance in Greece. Syrto means dragging or pulling dance. Several ancient sources describe syrtoes and an inscription at Delphi from the 1st Century A.D. uses the name. The Kalamatiano was the popular syrto in the south and, because the south was liberated first, it became the national dance and spread elsewhere it consists of 12 basic steps and all the dancers in a circle dance it simultaneously. It gives the opportunity for the leading dancer to improvise a number of steps. It is danced by all and may be led by either men or women.

Tsakonikos

The most famous of the Greek "labyrinth" dances. This dance has a special connection with the past, as ancient sources document labyrinth dances. The variety comes not from the steps but from the many patterns that the line of dancers may trace, winding as if through a labyrinth. The dance comes from the isolated Tsakonia region of the Peloponnesus (along the east coast) and it is one of the few local dances that have survived in the Peloponnesus. The hold is unusual, with one dancer's right arm hooked in another's crooked left elbow.

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