Opa! This makes me want to jump and dance! My guess is Russian or Eastern European. But I'm not sure.

(Pentozali, Crete) A RUSSIAN-GREEK shared-origins connection is what I always think of when I see the commonality in their dancing. (I don't know WHEN their dance styles were born however, but they have been around a long time.

A man poses in the national costume of Crete - Greece in colour, 1920's; Images by Maynard Owen Williams / Wilhelm Tobien Source: National Geographic Stock

A man poses in the national costume of Crete - Greece in colour, Images by Maynard Owen Williams / Wilhelm Tobien Source: National Geographic Stock

Traditional Cretan costumes by Maragakis Manolis, via Flickr. White sariki.

Traditional Cretan costumes by Maragakis Manolis, via Flickr. White sariki.

Iconic image of Greek partisans who fought German invaders during the battle of Crete (May 1941).

Greek partisans who fought German invaders during the battle of Crete (May I visited a N.Greek village memorial for all the boys and men 11 years and older shot by the Germans in WWII for sabotage activities. Greeks were great fighters.

Bert Dyson - New Zealand army in Crete 1941

Bert Dyson - New Zealand army in Crete pin by Paolo Marzioli

Suda Bay - Crete 1941

Troops on the shore of Suda Bay awaiting evacuation, April 1941 . Pin by Paolo Marzioli

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