Circle Dance to Celebrate the Greek Olive Harvest
Vicki Costas, a long-time Greek dancer and Kitsilano resident, will share her experience of Greek culture and dancing. She will be sharing dances from North Western Greece from the region of Epirus.
Local circle dancers Mairy and Mary will share Kos and Miserlu, two dances that were among the first choreographed by Bernhard Wosien at Findhorn Spiritual Community. Are you curious about the roots of circle dancing? Here’s a good blog post to read: How It All Began.
The lyrics, I’m told, translate to:
I will tell you a story
That we learned when we were kids
Once upon a time there was
A man who went to the wildernessFrom that moment on he lived
In the mountains hunting
Because of hatred for women
He didn’t descend into the village
To the story that you told us
I will tell another one
Once upon a time there lived
A man with no home or placeHe had a fear for men
And a terrible hatred
Yet all of the women
I believe he truly loved
Here’s a group learning Kos, a greeting dance, named for the Greek island. The movements involve moving into the centre to indicate “I greet you”, then back “I give you space” and finally sideways for “I/we move on.” Bouncing after each step. Usually it’s danced with a basket hold which brings you very, very close together. We’ve decided to adapt to “V-Hold” for Saturday because of the difference in heights (kids to tallish folk) and the fact there are many strangers who might want to wait till session two to get that intimate!
I had some questions after I sent out this e-newsletter. The reader was concerned about the fact she needed to wear shoes for dancing not barefoot (entirely fine–in fact only a few dance barefoot) and she noticed that some people keep their arms close to their body and don’t raise them very high (also, entirely fine.)
We say it’s a “self-care” circle. Please do adapt the steps and arm movements to what’s comfortable for you. As we always teach the dance before we do it, you’ll get a good sense of whether this is one where you want to make sure your neighbour knows of your concerns–or even sit out.
For our Saturday gatherings, we plan to provide colouring sheets so if kids want a break from dancing, they’ll have something to do. And we’ll provide enough colouring sheets for adults too!