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Dance

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The dances encountered in Tzoumerka and especially in the βλαχοχώρια (vlachohoria) settlements are the συγκαθιστός (sygkathistos) the three-step συρτός (syrtos) also known as πατητός (patitos), the τσάμικα (tsamika) and in Syrrako there is the Γιανν-Κώστα (Gian Kosta) style Step Dance. Τhe Gian Kosta-style Step Dance as well as the Μπαλατσού (Balatsou) Step Dance make reference to specific historical figures (e.g. Bandits, Heroes of the Revolution). The συγκαθιστός (sygkathistos) was danced on the Monday after the wedding in the village square when it was the bride’s turn to dance. Other special dances of particular interest are the βιργινάδα (virginada) and a similar set of dances called the Λιποθυμιάρικος (Lipothymiarikos), also known as the bride’s dance, as well as the Γανωτζής (Ganotzis) dance. In terms of how they were performed, local customs had established specific rules which had to be strictly respected. One special and quite interesting case of dance with symbolic significance is kangelari.

[1] Vassilis Nitsiakos. Contemporary Cultural Geography, Prefecture of Ioannina, 1998, p 404-405.