GIKNAS- GREECE

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Performed mainly before a “wedding” is a Southeast European dance form known as Giknas. This “folk” dance is supposed to have originated from a city called Orestiada located in the northeast of Greece. Apparently, this dance has been named after a coloured nail polish used frequently by females in the country.

A. History/origin of Giknas:

According to the cultural history of northeast Greece, this dance was basically created to be performed before a marriage ceremony. Additionally, this dance has been named after a “nail polish” popularly used by females belonging to the northeast of Greece.

B. Costumes used in the Giknas:

The costumes worn by the performers vary according to the gender as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn will include a white long sleeve shirt, a black trouser, a black overcoat, a black cap, and pair of shoes.

2. For females:

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

C. Music involved in the Giknas:

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 the technique involved in the Giknas:

This dance is essentially a “wedding” dance and is usually performed just prior to the commencement of the ceremony. It involves the guest dancing to the accompanying music and offering the bride and the bridegroom a gift generally in the form of money. As for training center/schools, there are none available around the world since this “folk” dance is performed mainly in Greece.

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