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A very young child dances a Kalamatianos. Don’t think the woman beside him is leading him by holding his hand. This child knows the steps! No feast takes place without a kalamatianos being danced. Especially at weddings the dance is a big favorite. It got its name in the 19th century from the town of Kalamata in southern Greece, and was originally called “Syrtos O Peloponisos”
The dance is performed in a circle going in a counterclockwise direction and consists of twelve steps and the rhythm is a 7/8. Very often you will find the last but one step (No. 11) danced to the back rather than to the front.


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