Sirtaki, Zorba’s dance… (A42)

Zorbas” (or more commonly, “Zorba’s Dance“) is a song by Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.[1] The song featured in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, for which Theodorakis wrote the soundtrack,[2] and became popular around the world. It is now commonly played and danced to in Greek tavernas. The film’s track has since been recorded as a standalone song by many different musicians from around the world.[3]

The 6th grade students of the 11th Primary School of Haidari are dancing in the school yard.

Podaraki (Greek: Ποδαράκι) is a Greek dancing song from the region of Pontos, as well as the northern Thrace. The dance is called Podaraki (meaning “small foot” in Greeks) because it involves much stomping with the Podia (feet) of the dancer. It is danced both by men and women usually in an open circle, and rarelly in straight line. It’s a female song, also called μπάτε “κορίτσια στο χορό” mpate koritsia sto horo (meaning go girls for dance), from its lyrics, in where a supposed girl calls the other girls to go for dance and to have fun before marrying. In its second half, after expressing the traditional critic against both her husband and her mother and father-in-law for not letting her go for dance and fun the supposed girl explains how she avenges both them and her children for that.

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