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We learned this dance from Anna Efstathiou in February 1983.Kritiko Syrto Kritiko Syrto means Syrto from Crete.This off page link will tell you more than you probably ever wanted to know about the Misirlou music!Never on Sunday This music probably was the first introduction to Greek music for most Americans, when used as the theme for the 1960 Melina Mercouri movie Never on Sunday.Misirlou This is an American Greek folk dance, much more familiar in this country than in Greece.
From left: Harry Ogden, Chuck Chernoff, Roger Wetmore, Darold Skerritt.
This is a stately, masculine dance, with strong, slow, and deliberate movements.
Kotchari Kotchari is a very vigorous (and difficult) Pontic dance. Several of the dance figures feature dancers landing on their heels after a jump.
There are many variations to the dance; every village does it slightly differently.
The choreography we use for performances has been developed for a specific piece of Cretan music.
Laziko Laziko is a vigorous Pontic dance, originally from an area near the Black Sea that no longer is part of Greece.