Wednesday, 24 March 2010

A DEMOTIKO SXOLEIO XYLOFAGOU CYPRUS

Dear friends our school will represent to you the dance of “Tatsia”

“Tatsia” is a dance of skill, combining the correct hand and body non stop movement. The dancer holds a sieve in his hand with the four main fingers on the top of the inside perimeter of the sieve, while his thumb is on the top of the outside perimeter of the sieve. This is a very steady grip.
Then an assistant of the dancer (usually a woman), or even the dancer himself puts a glass of wine on the bottom of the inside perimeter of the sieve. The wine within the glass must not exceed the middle of the glass. Then the dancer performs a variety of moves with his hands holding the sieve, as he is dancing to the rhythm. The dancer can put in the sieve as many glasses of wine as he likes. In any case the glasses must NOT touch the top perimeter of the sieve. All of the moves must be performed with speed and grace or else the glass(es) may fall or the wine may be spilled. That isn't allowed to happen. The dance was created by the men in Cyprus in a form of competition or as a means to impress a woman. Some of the moves are hard to be performed even by professionals. “Tatsia” requires the dancer to have stamina, full control of his hands and knowledge of the footwork of the dance.

2 Comments:

Irene said...

Hello! We have read about your dance and we think it's really great!!! You must be very skillful in keeping the glasses in balance. We look forward to seeing your fantastic dance.

Georgios Konstantinou said...

Hello Irene.Yes its really great ..if you are experiance dancer...but i think our students (11-12 years old) will manage too...
George