ISIOS HOROS- GREECE

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Meaning “straight dance” when literally translated is a Southeast European dance form known as Isios Horos. This “popular” dance is said to have originated from an island called “Kalymanos” located in Greece. Furthermore, this dance is mainly performed in the island during festive occasions. In addition, this dance is performed in a group by males as well as females using a 2/4 rhythm.

A. History/origin of Isios Horos:

There is no information available regarding the history/origin of this dance style that has originated from an island in Greece called Isios Horos.

B. Costumes used in the Isios Horos:

The costumes used in this dance style vary according to the gender as follows:

1. For males:

The attire worn includes a white full sleeve shirt, an overcoat, a trouser, a cloth worn around the waist, a pair of shoes, and a cap.

2. For females:

The attire worn includes a colourful dress that includes a skirt, an apron, a pair of shoes, and a headgear.

C. Music involved in the Isisos Horos:

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 Isisos Horos:

In terms of technique, the performers arrange themselves in a semicircle and hold each other by the hand. Furthermore, the performers then dance to the rhythm of the accompanying music by “improvising”. As for training availability, none are available around the world since this “popular” dance is mainly performed in Greece.

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