HOROS traditional dance is a holistic dance method.
The modern Greek word horos (“χορός“) means dance, whereas the ancient Greek uses the word in multiple ways - e.g., to express dance, a dance stage, a square, or a group of dancers participating in a comedy or tragedy, even to encompass the idea of cosmic dance: the unceasing, swirling movement of the universe, from microcosm to macrocosm.
Traditional Greek dance in a sense extends outward to reach the cosmic - to find purpose in the unity of dance and music alive in this world - through a cultural heritage, passed down from generation to generation.
Down through the ages, traditional Greek dance has always been part of Grecian social life. This body of dance has remained alive through the ages, not only as it has connected the peoples of a community one to another, defining an ancient and triumphant culture, but for the profound reason that this ancient people understood that music and dance were means of healing for body and soul, as an integral part of a holistic health education. We certainly feel this original power to be inherent in the Greek dance since ancient times, even today while we dance. The dances remain alive, to us, today. We can still today find our own place in the circle of dancers and experience the joy and vigour that this ancient tradition can bring to our modern lives.
We developed the holistic dance teaching method HOROS traditional dance in the quest of sharing an authentic dance experience with all of its original energy and depth with others. Therefore, together, we immerse ourselves in the spiritual dimension of the ancient rhythms and melodies. At the same time we learn more about the mythological, historical and cultural background of traditional Greek songs and dances.
Beyond the mere conveying of dance steps and seminar contents, our endeavour is to create a holistic space that supports physical and emotional release and facilitates a genuine sharing of personal experiences between people and cultures, as well as between body and soul.
Together, as we learn the movements of each of the different dances, we will come to experience the benefits, both personally and as a group, that these dances bring to us, each dance with its particular healing character.
Our holistic approach enables us to internalise these qualities and to establish, maintain or restore the integration of body, mind and soul. Last but not least, this ancient dance experience enables us to reconnect to the very beginning of our common roots. What we will bring back with us from having experienced this holistic dance method is the possibility for each of us to grow, develop and live more fully in the present.
Dance - and reconnect!
For many years I have been supporting people with different forms of movement, expression and body therapy.
My work always centres the human being. Today, with the means of traditional Greek dance, I provide the impetus to connect body, mind and soul.
Deeply ingrained in tradition,
Greek dance enables you to root, rise and unfold in the present.
It is a great honour for me to share the secrets of the dancing European tradition with you and to gather step by step all the wisdom that traditional Greek dance provides for us.
Since my childhood, traditional Greek dance has given me identity, support and roots. It can lift you up into the air as well as firmly connect you to the ground, put you in ecstasy or calm you down.
To impart these qualities in my own way has been a task and a pleasure for more than 30 years now.
As a living cultural asset, traditional Greek dance has always had its place in social life. There are dances that dance together all generations, but there are also children's dances, women's dances, men's dances and dances for the older generations of society. In addition to these we find the dances of life: dances for parties and celebrations, such as engagements, weddings, christenings and church festivals, dances in the annual cycle and initiation dances for the different stages of life.
Some of the traditional Greek dances go back to the Minoan period. Thus, Crete is considered the cradle of Hellenic dance. Geranos, danced in Antiquity under the leadership of Theseus, is perhaps Europe's first cultic dance.
The Cretan dances are often fast and connect the elements of the moving sea and the wild nature of their mountains.
To compensate, one dances slow dances to the so-called Mantinades, the love song of the people and sings Rizitika (= root songs) from the mountains.
The diversity of the Greek island world is best reflected in their dances. The (he) bright light of the Aegean and the velvet light of the Heptanes, the stormy winds of the Cyclades and the gentle breezes of the northern Aegean, the Cretan zest for life and the melancholy of the Dodecanese are always felt in myths, rhythms and music.
The island dances are easier and more complex than the mainland dances. They remind with their springy steps to the ups and downs of the waves. They are the smile of the Greek sea.
Main Land Dances
The dances of the mainland are closely related to the earth and its cultivation. The dance movements are devoted to the earth, worn and sometimes serious and deliberate. Often, strength and collectivity are in the foreground.
Just like the dances, the costumes also correspond to the respective locations and climatic conditions and in turn determine the movements of the dancer. Colorful and light costumes of the islands allow freedom of movement, heavy costumes of the mountainous mainland promote intense expression.
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