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Ikariótikos – Greece/Ikaria [Traditional]

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Pronunciation:ee-kah-ree-OH-tee-kohs
Original:Ικαριώτικος
Translation:Dance from Ikaria
Alias:‘Kariótikos (used by locals)
Region:Aegean Sea, Dodecanese Island group
Category:Living, Village Traditional, done in-country
Form:Open Circle
Skill:Intermediate
Energy:Moderate to Lively
Hand Hold:Shoulder
Meter:2/4
Pattern:3 bars
SQQ SQQ SQQ
R,Rh,L RLR LRL (h=hop)
Date Taught:
Teacher:Soiphia

From the Greek island of Ikaria in the North Eastern Aegean Sea, home of first-in-flight famed Icarus, whose father, Daedalus, crafted wax wings for him that were no match for a flight too close to the hot Mediterranean sun. Some specialists say that the traditional Ikariótikos was slow and the quick “version” of it is a Ballos. The name Kariótikos is mostly used by the locals of Ikaria. (Wikipedia) There are several variations to the basic step.

Variations come in the 3rd bar on S or on QQ.

Fun fact: Icaria is considered one of the world’s five Blue Zones; places where the population regularly lives to an advanced age and one in three makes it into their 90s. This is due to healthy diets and lifestyle, which, of course, includes dancing Ikariótikos!

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Teaching

Greek Boston
Variations

Village Examples

Performance Examples

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