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Syrtaki

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Information: A recent Greek folk dance family, and a mixture of the slow and fast rhythms of the hasapiko and hasaposerviko dance respectively.

Translation: The name syrtaki comes from the Greek word syrtos, which means "drag (or lead the dance)," a common name for a group of traditional Greek dances of so-called "dragging" style, as opposed to pidikhtos, a hopping or leaping style. Despite that, syrtaki incorporates both syrtos (in its slower part) and pidikhtos (in its faster part) elements.

Pronunciation: seer-TAH-kee

Other name: Sirtaki

Region: Greece


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