Syrtos

Traditional music and dances of Crete. Syrtos Chaniotis

An equally well-known dance of Crete is the Syrtos (Chaniotis). Its rhythm is in 2/4 time.

1st Syrtos - Nikos Xylouris

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If not as fast as the Pentozales or the Maleviziotis, it yet requires more skill and the ability to dance well.

Variations on the dance exist – with regard to the steps and the melody. To the west of Crete it is more dynamic, whilst to the east it is more ‘lyrical’. Its origin probably is in the west, from the broad area of Chania – from which comes its alternative name Chaniotis.

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