Numbers constitute the only universal language.
Today's featured dance is the 16 Count Tsamiko. It's slightly more complicated than the basic Tsamiko that is usually done at Greek festivals. We do it at the Sunday night dances.
The dance is sometimes called Tsamikos. In Video #1 the spelling is "Chamiko." This dance and its variations may have originated with the Cham people; ethnic Albanians who lived in Greece.
This is the Tsamiko dance that we do when we're not dancing the 16 count version. It is often done at Greek festivals. Notice that it's the same music as video #1. At 1:54 the leader introduces a variation. She also does a few turns: some leaders embellish the basic dance with turns, jumps and acrobatics. Male leaders tend to do this more than women, but there are exceptions.
Since The Alien Diaries is an equal opportunity blog, the Tsamiko in Video #3 shows a female leader in an all female line doing some masculine moves that include turns, jumps, and knee bends. She spices it up with shouts.
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