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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.

Wedding at Anogia, Crete, 1954 (b/w photo), Photographer Dimitris Harissiadis (1911-93), Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Wedding at Anogia, Crete, 1954 Photographer Dimitris Harissiadis Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

Crete. Greece

A man in national costume smokes a waterpipe, Crete Images by Maynard Owen Williams / Wilhelm Tobien Source: National Geographic Stock

Cretan traditional costumes [photo by Marina Kompogennitaki, Greece]....

Cretan traditional costumes [photo by Marina Kompogennitaki, Greece].

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

Cretan Female Traditional Greek Dance Costume

Traditional festive costume from Crete. This is a workshop-made ensemble, as worn by folk dance groups.

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

A woman poses in the national costume of Crete, Greece; Images by Maynard Owen Williams / Wilhelm Tobien;

Greek war poster; circa 1940.

A war poster illustrating a Cretan warrior with a caption in Greek that reads, "Many happy returns." This souvenir photo from Greece was sent to President Harry S. Truman by John Marangos, Editor of the Pancretan Union in America.

Cretan dance.

Cretan dance.

Cretan warriors

The Cretan Dagger by Nikos Vasilatos is a book about this special knife of Crete and its history

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