Tapes Found On---DC Live
The rhythm is in 7, counted 1-2-3---1-2---1-2
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".