Living History Lectures ~ Tames Alan

Historical, educational, hysterical. One costumed woman tells you like it WAS.

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Greek Dance

Among the Greeks, both ancient and modern, every aspect of life is expressed through dance. They have dances of sorrow and joy, dances to celebrate life, and dances of death.

 

This workshop offers a choice of two dances. The Syrto, (pronounced seer-toe), is a line dance for as many as will. It expresses the joy of life and is danced by both men and women together, a rarity, as Greece is still a highly segregated society.

 

The second dance offered is the Misirlou (pronounced miss-er-loo), a women’s dance of sorrow and death. It was danced off the cliffs into the sea when their cities fell to the enemy, and the women did not wish to be taken as slaves. This dance expressed sorrow for the loss of both their men and their city.

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