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Syrtos (Greek: Συρτός, variously transliterated sirtos, syrtos, plural syrtoi; sometimes spoken in English using the Greek accusative forms syrto and sirto) is the collective name of a group of Greek folk dances. Syrtos, along with its relative kalamatianos are the most popular dances throughout Greece and are frequently danced by the Greek diaspora. Syrtos and kalamatianos use the same dance steps, but syrtos is in 4/4 time and the kalamatianos is in 7/8 time, organized in a slow (3 beat), quick (2 beat), quick (2 beat) rhythm.

Syrtos and kalamatianos are line dances, done with the dancers in a curving line holding hands, facing right. The dancer at the right end of the line is the leader. He may also be a solo performer, improvising showy twisting skillful moves as the rest of the line does the basic step. While he does this, the next dancer in line stops dancing and holds him up with a twisted handkerchief linking their hands, so he can turn and not fall down, as in the karsilamas. In some parts of syrtos, pairs of dancers hold a handkerchief from its two sides.

The accompanying music is generally played with a lyre by Greek (lyra) or violin, lute,bouzouki,baglama,gaida,aulos,zurna,archlute,tamboura,pandoura, citharede, Byzantine lyra or mandolin.The origins of Syrtos come from the ancient Greek dance pyrrhichios


Syrtos is mentioned as a traditional Greek dance already in ancient Greece,Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English......
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