Greece is one place in the world where folk dance is very much alive and danced as it was in ancient times. Every dance has a story to tell with the dancers expressing themselves physically and emotionally.
It’s become an annual tradition on Palm Sunday in Mykonos to gather together hundreds of islanders in a grand display dancing the traditional Hosapiko and Syrtaki. Most people instantly recognize the famous “Zorba Dance” and music from the movie Zorba The Greek. This dance (Syrtaki) is actually a choreographed version of the more traditional Hosapiko. The Hosapiko has both a slow 4/4 meter and faster 2/4 version. It is often danced with slow smooth moves that gradually transform into fast movements including leaps and hops.
The town was full of dancers from every age, gender and skill level, all letting their inner Zorba free.
Come to Mykonos and you will find that traditional folk dancing is alive and well!