Greek Folk Music & Dance

Greek folk music and dances that are part of the Hellenic Dancers of NJ's extensive repertoire.
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Photo of a woman wearing the bridal costume of Episkopi, Imathia, Macedonia. Early 20th century  © Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplion, Greece

Greek Woman wearing the Bridal Costume of Imathia, Macedonia (early Century) © Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation, Nafplio.

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.

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.

A little glimpse into the traditional Greek folk dances, signature routines, and handmade folk costumes of the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey! Enjoy our promotional video!

A little glimpse into the traditional Greek folk dances, signature routines, and handmade folk costumes of the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey! Enjoy our promotional video!

The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey will be having a free performance at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29 held at the Crossroads Theatre  sponsored by the Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage. https://www.tapinto.net/articles/greece-is-the-word-celebrate-greek-culture-with

Greece is the Word - Celebrate Greek Culture with Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey

A variety of festive, bridal costumes showcased at The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey's Taverna Night Celebrating Greek Wedding Traditions!

Save the Date! HDNJ and special musical guests will be performing at Greek Heritage Day with the NJ Devils on 10/31! Game time is 1 pm. Advance ticket purchase through our special link will get you a special group rate/group section, free t-shirt, free hat and other goodies. Link is live from 9/8 - 10/30. newjerseydevils.com/greek - use promo code: GREEK We hope that you will come out and paint the Prudential Center Greek blue!!

Save the Date! HDNJ and special musical guests will be performing at Greek Heritage Day with the NJ Devils on 10/31! Game time is 1 pm. Advance ticket purchase through our special link will get you a special group rate/group section, free t-shirt, free hat and other goodies. Link is live from 9/8 - 10/30. newjerseydevils.com/greek - use promo code: GREEK We hope that you will come out and paint the Prudential Center Greek blue!!

Happy International Dance Day from the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey!

Happy International Dance Day from the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey!

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.

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.

Join us for our 2017 Taverna Night on 1/28/17 celebrating our 45th Anniversary!

Join us for our 2017 Taverna Night on celebrating our Anniversary!

Come see the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey showcase traditional Greek folk dances and costumes at our upcoming performances!

Come see the Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey showcase traditional Greek folk dances and costumes at our upcoming performances!

Tα πουλιά τoυ Μάη: ένα παραδοσιακό τραγούδι της Μάνης από τον Νικόλα Μητσοβολέα. The Birds of May is a traditional Greek folk song from the region of Mani, Laconia in the Peloponnese.

Tα πουλιά τoυ Μάη: ένα παραδοσιακό τραγούδι της Μάνης από τον Νικόλα Μητσοβολέα. The Birds of May is a traditional Greek folk song from the region of Mani, Laconia in the Peloponnese.

The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey's 2015 Taverna Night is less than a week away - reserve your tickets now to help the group continue to perpetuate Greek folk dance, costume, and traditions!

The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey's 2015 Taverna Night is less than a week away - reserve your tickets now to help the group continue to perpetuate Greek folk dance, costume, and traditions!

On March 22, 2015 The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey are performing at their annual Taverna Night. This year, it will be located at Holmdel High School Theater: 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ. The performance starts at 3 PM. It's a two part performance. Part 1: Regional Greek Wedding Dances & Traditions. Part 2: "Pikilia" of Dances throughout Greece.  Contact Cheryl Bontales at Cheryl.bontales@gmail.com to reserve your tickets!

On March 2015 The Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey are performing at their annual Taverna Night. This year, it will be located at Holmdel High School Theat.

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.

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.

Ελένη Κάθονταν - Eleni Kathontan. A traditional song and dance from Melenikitsi, Serres. This dance is usually is performed by women who sing the song while they dance.

A traditional song and dance from Melenikitsi, Serres. This dance is usually is performed by women who sing the song while they dance.

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.

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.

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