ANATOLIAN (PONTIC REGION)
TRADITIONAL DANCES HORON VIDEOLARI PONTIAN FOLK DANCES
the "Galiena" region (near
variation of Serenitsa and Mono Tik. It means small up-hill.
or Kizel The name from the words of the song.
2 Apo pan ke ka
the "Southern Trabzon" region danced on the spot with small jumpy
steps, hands hold onto others waists.
or Kapikeetkon Given this name in the region of "Livera". or
Agaliaston Meaning hugging, it was called this in the region "Galiana".
3 Apo pan ke ka
Danced in the region "Ag-tag-Manten", a region close to
or Tik Unlike the common dance with the same name, in this dance
you hold the dancer next to you by the shoulders like the "Kotsari"
the Kars region (Russian, Georgia).
Danced from the "Platana" region near trabzon. It derives its name
from the Turkish word "Atciapat". It has the same name in other
regions were at times is danced by women.
Named after the region "Gemoura", danced like the dance "Etere" it
is different only in the area "Sevastia" were they dance it like
A dance of the region "Argiroupouly" (now called "Gioumushana")
The word means the dance of 7 competitors, Geni = Seven, Arats =
or Gantiara The word means the dance of 7 small roads, Genti =
Seven, Ara = small roads.
Tumbeling. Danced in the regions "Ag-tag-Manten" and "Samsounda".
Its also denced in other regions of Pontos with variations of Music,
like "Argiroupoly" and "Bafra". The leading dancer holds a hanky and
creates a labyrinth or snake shape.
A dance of Trapezounda. Its name means double step. Di = Two, Pat =
or Giavaston Which simply means a slow dance. or Koderpeviakon Also
known as the "Housewives dance"
or Trabzon Omal A name given to the dance later on in Greece.
10 Double Kots
A dance said to come from the Armenian dances. or Titara or Tripat
This derives its name from the Three heal taps made on the spot.
11 Double Omal
A dance from the region "Kioumus Manten". Its a different version of
Taken its name from the words of the song, danced in Trabezous.
From the region of Bafra. It is the suicide dance of the women who
were trapped for 48 days in the castle near the Ali river.
The blessing dance at the wedding. Danced by seven couples (the
first couple is the newly wedds), and a "Mono" or the single. The
couples hold a candle between each other. It is normally the first
dance of the wedding.
15. Kalon Korits
after the song meaning "good Girl". It is danced in Southern
trabzous it is like a variation of the dance "Serrenitsa".
or Papor Got its name from the song, meaning the "tough boat".
16. Kel Kits
name means " Come and Go". From the regions of Sevastia and
Nikopoulis. It is danced towards the left.
Dance from the Bafra region, danced in 1680 at the castle of the
river Ali (Kislar kale) and represents the choice of death rather
then giving in to the Turks.
Danced in most regions of Pontos, with the only difference being the
way hands are held. In Eastern Pontos they hold hands but in western
parts they hold onto shoulders like in the dance Kotsari. The name
Kots means "Heal".
Danced as the final dance at weddings. With this dance the guest
would leave for their homes, the first dancer would hold a
to face, partner dance from the Nikopoulis region (karsilamas)
or Ketsek ketsek The same dance with different music, danced in the
villages of Trabezous.
Dance from the Kars region, dances hold each other by the shoulders.
22. Koutsikton Omal
Danced in almost all of the Pontos areas with some small variations,
were they also gave their own names, such as:
or Empr Opis Which means Forwards Backwards. or
Omal As named in Nikopolis and the most common name today.
or Tsarahot As named in Ag-Ntag-Manten with slight change in the
or Foulour As named in the Southern Trabzon region.
or Argolabas As named in the Bafra region.
or Omal Kerasoundas Given that name in Greece (after 1922)
or Lahana Given that name in Greece (after 1922) from the words of
the song "Lahana poulim Lahana" which is the cabbage.
Named after a village near the Monastery of St.John of Vazelona. A
variation of the dance Tik with a faster beat and the hands kept
or Moskof As named in greece, It was best danced by a man named "Moskof"
in Thessaloniki, who added some of his own moves to the dance. Thats
how it got its name.
24. Kostantin Savvas
(Osman Agas) Military Guard of the Bafra-Samsoun in 1202. Known for
his disagreement with Alexio Komnino in 1204 after Konstantinopoul
was occupied by the Franks, wanting to make the region of Gezelona (Bafra-Amasia-Kavza
etc) a separate country. This dance is a variation of the dance "Giouvarlandoum".
Dance from the Kars region. It is the slower variation of the dance
"Letsina". Its name means a small bird like a falcon or baby Hawk.
Dance from the Kars region. It is ment to represent a Bird like a
Which means handkercheif. Dance from Kioumous Manten (Metallio Sim).
Danced mostly at weddings in front of the couple, on the way to the
(Kara Pournar) Which means The Black well. Danced in the Bafra
A display of Knives. Mentioned by Xenophon:
"After they had poured offerings to the gods and sung the paean, two
Thracians got up and began a dance. They were wearing armour, and
danced to the sound of a flute. All of a sudden one of them seemed
to hit the other one, and the man fell to the ground. The
Paphlagonians were alarmed at the sight, and shouted out. But the
victor stripped his opponent of his weapons and marched out singing
the Sitalcas, a Thracian war song. The other Thracians came and
carried off the victim - who looked as if he was dead. In fact,
though, he had not been hurt at all."
or Pitsiak ouin The name given by the Turks.
Dance from Nikopouli (aksi Koi)
Which means a small apple tree.
A dance on the seashores and indoors of Trabzon. Adopted from Europe
with the song being in the Modern-Greek language. Its name comes
from the words of the song. It consists of a male dancer going
around a circle of dances and chousing a partner to dance with, at
times this gave away who was their secret lover.
(Tek kaiten) Danced by the Men of Bafra.
Mouzena is a village of Argiroupoly.
or Kimishanalidikon Kimishana (Giumushana) is the translated name of
There are various versions of this dance, even as a theatrical show
with some ancient meanings. It is seen as the Carnival dance of the
Pontians. Also used to masquerade celebrations of Christian
tradtions (whilst under Ottoman rule).
36. Ndolme or Tsoulme
A dance from the region Ofi. (near Trabzon)
37. Omal Mono
A very simplistic dance with six (6) steps, which don't require any
specific dance abilities. Founded in the regions of Tsimera of
Argiroupoly (south of Trapezond).
38. Omal Kars
Same as Omal Mono but consists of more tremble in the body to
emphasize each step.
or Paipourt Named after a town found South - Easternly form
Trebizond, outside of the known borders of the 1918-1922 pontos
or Tiz The same dance in a slower version danced at Ag-Ntag-Manten.
A dance of Nikopolis with very intense trembling, it consists of 10
steps. The positioning of the hands changes from region to region.
or Outsalti Which means 3 - 6 in Turkish.
or Kounihton Name given at Aksi Kioi of Nikoupoli due to its
or Omal Garasaris The name given to the dance in Greece (after
Name given to this dance in Western Pontos. It got its name from the
song " Patoulas mother, is my Grandmother".
or Pipilomatena Name given to this dance in Eastern Pontos. It as
well gets its name from the words of another song" Pipilomatena,
or kori Kopela Same dance with small variation and different music.
Name given from the Galiana region.
A dance from the region Samsoun
A Turkish word. Sari = Blond, Gouz = Girl. They call it the dance of
reaping, it is found in different variations in most parts of Pontos.
xoron by First generation Pontian refugees
The nicest and renown dance. It is a variation of the ancient
Pyrrhic dance. It got its name from the rive Serra (near Trabzon)
were it is said that at its village you would find the best "Serra"
or Lazikon The name given in the Ofi, Not because it was a "Laz"
dance but because Ofi was known to be in the "Laz" region.
or Togialidikon Given this name in the Tonia region.
A dance of South eastern Pontos. It got its name from the village of
the region Argirouply.
or Armenitsa Same dance different name.
or Shereanitsa Same dance with a different pronunciation of the
or Eikosiena (21) Given its name in Greece (after 1922) some say
because it has 21 steps others say after the year 1921...
A form of backwards Tik. Danced in Imera (Krom region). It is danced
towards the left.
46. Stena Droma
(Taratsou Sokaklar) From the region of Bafra.
Dance of Nikopoulis. The music is a similar version of "Pipilomatena".
Danced mostly in Paltsana of Nikopolis.
A dance with its basic steps of "Dipat". Danced in the regions of
Argirouply. Again the music is a similar version of "Pipilomatena".
From the region of Ag-Ntag-Mavten, a version of "Trigona" danced
backwards in a Labyrinth style. Danced towards the left.
Name given to the same dance from Kakatsi (Argirouply region).
Alot like the dance "Trigona" with musical variation. It is danced
towards the left.
The name TIk means "uprighte" or "erect" so while you dance your
back keeps that stance, mono means single, danced in the southern
Trabzon region. Consists of 6 steps.or diplon (double)
The same dance with a added step, common in the "Galiena" region.
Also called "So Gonato" which means on the knee, it is the style of
dance were there in a distinct knee bend whilst dancing. Danced all
over pontos, consisting of 10 steps.
53. Tik (Tromahton)
The faster version of Tik, Tromahton means frightful, so it is more
lively "jumpy" steps, it is also called "Langefton" which means
"Jumpy". Popular in the Kotiora (Ordu)
area and Kars.
(Tete Agats) Similar to the dance "Getiere" in steps and "Dipat" in
music. From the "Argyroupoly" region.
Which means 3 steps. A dance from Southern Trabzon.
Danced all over Pontos with variations from region to region. It has
taken its name from the songs verse "Over at the mountains Trigona
(Trifonas) Dance from the Bafra region. Trifonas was real person who
always danced backwards.
A dance from eastern Sinop.
From Kioumous Maten region. A type of fast Tik with the hands held
and swung in a vigorous swaying form.
Dance from Argyroupoly region. A different version of the dance "Giouverlandoum".
or Armenitsa The same dance just given a different name in the
61.Hala - Hala
Dance from Kakatsh (Argyroupoly region)
Dance from Ag Nag Maten. A slow anatolian style dance, the first
dancer holds a handkerchief.
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traditional Surmene (a town of Trabzon) dances
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List has been
translated from Nick Zournazidis list of dances... Athens, Greece.