FISOUNIS- GREECE

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Literally meaning “to a strong wind” (when translated to English) is a Southeast European dance style known as Fisounis. This “women” dance is said to have originated from a town such as Preveza and a region known as Epirus located in Greece. Furthermore, this dance is performed in a group with the dancers (females) arranging themselves in a circle.

A. History/origin of the Fisounis:

According to the cultural history of Greece, this dance style was named Fisounis after a wind that blew frequently in the Preveza and Epirus region.

B. Costumes used in the Fisounis:

The costumes worn in this dance style will vary according to gender as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn will include a long white dress that includes a pyjama/trouser, an overcoat, a colourful cloth tied around waist, a pair of shoes, and a cap.

2. For females:

The attire worn will include a colourful long dress that includes a long skirt, a pair of shoes, and a colourful headgear.

C. Music involved in the Fisounis:

The musical instruments mainly involved in this dance style include a mixture of stringed instruments i.e. chordophones, wind instruments i.e. aerophones and drum instruments i.e. membranophones.

D. Training availability and technique involved in the Fisounis:

In terms of technique, the performers initially arrange themselves in a circle. Furthermore, the dancers then perform to the rhythm of the music by lifting each leg i.e. right and left one after the other. As for training centers/schools, there are none available around the world since this “women” dance is mainly performed in Greece.

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