Kastrinos Pidihtos

Traditional dances of Crete. Kastrinos Pidihtos or Maleviziotis

Kastrinos Pidihtos.. or Maleviziotis, is probably the most lively and athletic dance of Crete.

Pidihtos - Psarantonis

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It comprises 16 steps – 8 forward and 8 back; and is danced in a circle with the performers holding hands. It unfolds with dash, enthusiasm and joy – leaving the first dancer (male or female) to improvise freely.

It was performed in the district of Malevizio (hence its name), close to Heraklion: since another name for Heraklion was Kastro, the dance was also called kastrinos. In Chania it is called the Kastrini Sousta. The dance became popular throughout Crete in the 1920s.

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