Kotsari is a dance from the city of Kars in the eastern parts of Pontus. Unlike most Pontian dances, this dance is done with hands on the shoulders. The name of the dance is derived from the term for ankle, “Kots”, and this is due to the constant lifting of the ankle. It was originally danced in a closed circle, but today is usually danced in an open circle or in a straight line.
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Συρτός Ζαγαράκια (Κύθηρα) - Zagarakia: a dance from the island of Kythira located right off the southeastern tip of the Peloponnese. The dance’s name comes from the name of its song “Zagarakia”, which means “hunting dogs.” It is a type of Syrto from Kythira during which the dancers briefly break into couples and execute various turns and tricks.
Καλλινίτικος Θράκης - Kallinitikos is a dance from the Black Sea region of Thrace. Kallinitikos comes from the word “kallines” which means “the bride's friends.” It is a wedding dance that is done while bringing the bride to the church. It is done in triplets: 1 man with 2 women or 1 woman with 2 men with their arms in basket-weave. With this arm hold they fold & unfold without ever separating. In organized performance groups, all triplets follow the same set of specific movements & motions.
Χασαποσέρβικος -Hasaposervikos is a dance that originates from Asia Minor and is known as the victory dance of Alexander the Great. Hasaposervikos is a fast Hassapikos meaning "fast butcher's dance" from the Turkish word "Hassip", for butcher. This dance is now considered to be pan-Hellenic because of its prevalence throughout all of Greece. The dance is very lively and is usually done in a semi-circle. All the dancers are able to participate in choreography to compliment the music.