Touchstone Sacred Dance Library

Tai Tai 

Associations---Macedonia Thessaly Greece 
Tapes Found On---DC Greek,  Turning Around
Origin---modern
Choreographer---Bernard
Notes
The dance is a sort of syrtos Kalamatianos version choreographed by Bernard in his hopes to simplify dances for the ease of learning and the immediacy of the experience.
The girls sings and braids her hair near Alexandraís Mountain, which no man climbs. 
 
Words in English
Alexandraís mountain,
No one, no one climbs it;
And the girl,
tai tai, oh forward, oh vi ti ti
And the girl,
is climbing it.
And the girl is climbing it,
Plaiting the braid,
Plait-,
tai tai, oh forward, oh vi ti ti
Plait-,
plaiting the braid.
Plaiting and slowly plainting,
And singing high.
And sing-,
tai tai, oh forward, oh vi ti ti
And sing-,
and singing high.
 
Words in Native Tongue
Tis Alexandras, to vre toi vouno
Kanis, Kanis den tíaineveni
Kiíi korí,
tai tai more ëmbros, more vi ti ti,
Kiíi korí,
apo tíainevene.
I kori apo, tíaine, tíainevene
Plego-, plegondas to gaitani,
Plego-,
tai tai more ëmbros, more vi ti ti,
Plego-,
plegondas to gaitani
Plegondas kíargople-, morí plegondas
Ke psi-, ke psilotragoudondas
Ke psi-,
tai tai more ëmbros, more vi ti ti,
Ke psi-,
ke psilotragoudondas
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