Crete - Kriti

Greek dance Horos is a very old tradition, being referred to by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch and Lucian. There are different styles and interpretations from all of the islands and surrounding . Each region formed its own choreography and style to fit in with their own ways. For example, island dances have more of a “watery” flow to them, while Pontic dancing closer to Black Sea, is very sharp. There are over 4000 traditional dances that come from all regions of Greece. There are also pan-Hellenic dances, which have been adopted throughout the Greek world. These include the syrtos, kalamatianos, hasapiko and sirtaki.

Traditional Greek dancing has a primarily social function. It brings the community together at key points of the year, such as Easter, the grape harvest or patronal festivals; and at key points in the lives of individuals and families, such as weddings. For this reason, tradition frequently dictates a strict order in the arrangement of the dancers, for example, by age. Visitors tempted to join in a celebration should be careful not to violate these arrangements, in which the prestige of the individual villagers may be embodied.

pentozalis:Cretan traditional dance

Pentozalis dance at Hrodeio

Join us for an unforgettable evening in the traditional village of Karouzanos. Karouzanos is a mountaining village near Kastelli and can be reached by a very scenic road which is winding through the mountains. Before our evening begins you’ll have the chance to take a glimpse of the rural life in a cretan village by walking around this charming village.

Throughout the evening you will enjoy traditional local dishes and fine wine while being entertained with local and Greek music and dancing performed by the village’s dancers dressed in traditional costumes. You will also be invited to join in and have the chance to learn a few steps of traditional dances and turn yourself into a Zorba for a night. This evening is a golden opportunity to enjoy yourselves “Cretan Style” and know a bit more your hosts. We are sure that it will be a revelation to you and it will remain one of the most unforgettable nights of your holiday.