If you like dancing and embrace a little action during your holidays, we have the ideal experience for you! Pure Samos gives you the opportunity to learn the wonderful traditional dances of Samos, while enjoying the sun, nature and culture of the island.
Greece is one of the few countries in the world where folk dances are as alive today as they were in ancient times. Dance has always played an important role in the life of a Greek. Traditional Greek dancing has a primarily social function. It is an expression of human feelings and everyday life and it brings the community together. The Greeks danced at religious festivals and ceremonies, to ensure fertility, to prepare for war and to celebrate victories. They dance at weddings, to overcome depression and to cure physical illness. Almost every dance has a story to tell.
Dance was regarded as one of the highest forms of art. Dance was essential for developing personality as well as preparing for battle. Dance along with music, writing and physical exercise, was the basis of the educational system. Plato agreed with his mentor Socrates that every educated man should know how to dance gracefully by which he meant the manly exercises that kept the body strong and supple and ready to do its duty on the battlefield.
Traditional dance continues to be passed from generation to generation, which in turns maintains national identity.
Each dance from the region of Samos has its own history. In 3 daily sessions of 2 hours, your dance teacher will introduce you to the music, rhythm and steps of the local dances. While you are mastering the dance, slowly the story it tells will unfold!
At the end of the seminar, all your hard work will be rewarded when you put your dancing lessons into practice in a local tavern during an evening of good food, tasty drinks and life Greek music!!
The traditional dance lessons are available for beginners with no experience at all as well as for more experienced dancers or dance groups. For inquiries contact us.
The music of the Aegean Islands is very delightful and lyrical and as such portrayed in its dances. These are characterised by the lightness of steps and the springing in the knees. Samos belongs to the Aegean Islands and more specific, the East Aegean Islands.
Typical dances of the region of Samos are:
There are two distinct categories in the traditional Greek dance; the springing/leaping dance called sousta and the shuffle/dragging dance known as sirtos; the latter being the oldest form of dance. Most dances are circle dances, start with the right foot and move counter-clockwise. Each dancer is linked by a handkerchief or by holding hands, wrists or shoulders.
There are different styles and interpretations from all of the islands and surrounding mainland areas. Each region formed its own choreography and style to fit in with their own ways of living. For example, island dances have more of a "watery" flow to them, while Pontic dancing closer to Black Sea, is very sharp. There are over 4000 traditional dances that come from all regions of Greece.There are also Pan Hellenic dances, which have been adopted throughout the Greek world. These include the tsamiko, syrtos, and kalamatianos.
Greece has 6 mainland regions: Epirus, Macedonia, Thrace, Thessaly, Central Greece and Peloponnesus. In addition, the islands fall into 3 main groups: the Ionian Islands to the west, the Aegean Islands to the east (which include the Cyclades and Sporades groups) and the Dodecanese Islands to the southwest. The largest of all the Greek islands is Crete.
The Greek Islands have dances which are fast in pace, light footed and jumpy. Many of these dances are couples dances. Furthermore, areas previously inhabited by Greeks and which have developed rich cultural identity and characteristic dances, today no longer are part of Greece. The inhabitants of the majority of these regions (including Asia Minor) have found refuge in Greece itself and have brought their cultural heritage back with them.