Pentozalis (from Kos)

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Formation Open circle with leader at right hand end. Shoulder-hold.
Dance Structure ((A x 3) + (B x 4)) repeated throughout the music.
Music Structure 8 counts/bar, 3 bar phrases.
Music Speed 130 counts/min.
Source Angie Saravelaki in her Greek dance course in Bognor Regis in 2007.

Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught by Angie Saravelaki.

A simple traditional Greek dance with a jolly tune with a familiar Part B and a distinctive Part A. It also has the contrast of the Part B crossing the music & Part A fitting the music.

Style: Almost flat footed. Lively light bounce in Part B. Upright with marching like footwork in Part A.


Summary: 3 bars.

Wait through a complete set (3 bars) of Part B music.

Part A

Summary: Step in place R, L, R. Pause. Brush & lift L. L close, R lift.

Start Facing centre of the circle. Weight on L foot.
1 R close with a marching-like step.
2 L in place likewise.
3 Repeat count 1 (R marching step in place).
4 Pause.
5 Brush L forwards. It brushes the floor with the foot flat.
6 Continue that L forward motion into a L lift infront. The L leg ends up with the knee bent and the foot horizontal slightly ahead of the knee so the lower leg about 15 deg from the vertical.
7 L close
8 R lift infront. The R foot is lifted with the heel turned in to the L about 30 deg, the foot about 20 cm above the ground and the heel infront of the L leg.

Part B

Summary: Pravo basic (R side, L across infront, lift L & R).

Start Facing centre of the circle. Weight on L foot.
1 R to the side.
2 L across infront.
3 R to the side.
4 L lift.
5 L to the side.
6 R lift. (Combined with the previous 5 counts, this forms a basic Pravo.)

It crosses the music, the music being in 8 count bars & Part A being only 6 counts long. However 4 of Part B matches the length of 3 bars of music so it syncs up again there. (The 4 repeats of Part 4 are from bar 1 count 1 to bar 1 count 6, bar 1 count 7 to bar 2 count 4, bar 2 count 5 to bar 3 count 2 and bar 3 count 3 to bar 3 count 8 but there is no need to count that, just do it crossing the music and when it syncs up again it is time to switch to Part A.)