Touchstone Sacred Dance Library

Kalamatianos 

Associations---Greece 
Tapes Found On---DC Live 
Origin---Greece
Choreographer---traditional
Notes
The rhythm is in 7, counted 1-2-3---1-2---1-2
long-short-short
from Kalamata on the SW shores of the Peloponessus
Danced in an open circle, the folk on either end of the open circle hold scarves and perform variations of the dance, leaps, spins, etc.
The story behind the dance bespeaks of the power of women who would rather death than to loose their integrity.
(see the variations reference) 
Kalamatianos is  a syrtos associated with this song. Poplar in the area of Athens, it originated in Thrace The basic steps of this form of syrtos originated in Thrace, perhaps descended from the ancient "Ormos". It is a poplar wedding dance these days.  Often also called "The Handkerchief Dance".
How Do I Read The Dance Notations?
See the Glossary
Purchase the Entire Set of Dances on CD Rom or as a Book
Where can I get the Music for These Dances ? 
Look at the List of Circle Dance Tapes Available
Comments 
Suggest a Dance for the Library
Return to The Index
   Thank you forsupporting this project by purchasing the CD Rom. It means a lot to me.