Traditional dances in Crete. Sousta

Sousta is a particular dance where the partners face each other, which also contains many elements of the old war-dance, the phyrrikos.

Danced by men and women, alternating and arranged at first in a semicircle; after a while the separate off into couples.

Sousta - Ross Daly

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Essentially the dance tells a story of love and seduction. The man in various ways (with hugs, turns and small jumps) makes advances to the woman, who at first resists the call. But gradually she gives in, until at the end they are as one. The story is unfolded through the dancing and expressions of the performers: the interplay between the couple demands great skill and co-ordination.

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