Melitsa
(Greece)

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Formation Open circle with leader at right hand end. W-hold.
Dance Structure Short sequence repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 120 counts/min.
Region detail Pontic.
Pronunciation "MEL-it-sa".
Source Maggie O'Regan (who learnt from Cherry Allen in London in 2015) at the 2015 Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival.

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A Pontic Greek dance with a short sequence but arms that can be (amusingly) tricky to do even though they are simple to explain (whenever touching or stepping L foot infront, arms go down).

Style: Pontic. Staccato. Flat footed except where specified otherwise. W-hold with upper arms vertically down & elbows almost fully flexed. Bounces on travelling steps are from the kness and small fast sharp down-up-down-up on each step like a rebound from putting weight on the floor.

Introduction

Summary: None.

None. Start at the beginning of any phrase.

Whole sequence

Summary: R side, L close, R side, L close touch. L touch slow (side heel, infront flat, side heel). (L forwards, R replace) x 2. L close Triple step in place. Arms down in each touch & step infront.

Start Facing centre of the circle. Weight on L foot. W-hold.
1
1 R side with double bounce.
2 L close with double bounce.
3 R side with double bounce.
4 L close without weight transfer.
2
1-2 Touch L heel to floor out to the side.
3-4
Feet Touch L foot flat to the floor infront.
Arms Sharply down to close V-hold.
3
1-2
Feet Repeat bar 1 counts 1-2 (L side heel touch).
Arms Return sharply to W-hold.
3
Feet L forwards (no bounces).
Arms Sharply down to close V-hold.
4
Feet R in place (no bounces).
Arms Return sharply to W-hold.
4
1-2 Repeat bar 3 counts 3-4 (L forwards with arms down, R in place with arms to W-hold).
3 L close
& R in place.
4 L in place.