Tsamikos Kharditsa (A Camel in Nunavut)
(Sacred Circle)

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Dance Structure Single sequence repeated throughout the music.
Formation Circle. V-hold.
Music Structure 2 counts/bar, 8 bars/phrase. (But dance sequence is 15 counts.)
Music Speed 95 counts/min.
Music 'A Camel in Nunavut' by Night Sun.
Source From Tony Mounter (who learnt it from heli in Walberswick who learnt it, to different music, from Laura Shannon) in Ipswich in 2012.

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.

Please note that this is not the traditional Greek dance of the same name. I have come across (in person & on the WWW) several Greek dances called Tsamikos Kharditsa. The popular one in the UK being to a gentle one that was popularised a women's ritual dance by Laura Shannon done to particular recording of 'Nasan Ta Niata'. The styling of the dance here is very different from that one - this one is heavy, clunky & done to funky music.

It has steps like a traditional Greek dance but is done to an amusingly different piece of music. It has a continual motion feel. Although the sequence is quite short, it can be amusingly confusing to follow at first because it crosses the music.

I found out about there were different dances & different tunes when someone asked me to lead Tsamikos Kharditsa. I did this novelty one, which I happened to have learnt a few years beforehand for a memorial event for a deceased friend, when they really wanted the spiritual one; it did not go down well! In discussion afterwards, I found there were others present whose Tsamikos Kharditsa dances were different to both. I looked up some of the dance notes my deceased friend had put on the WWW & found yet more variations. Tracing those leads, I think I know the reason for so many versions. First the name is almost generic, just meaning a Tsamikos (a common type of Greek dance) from the city of Karditsa in Greece. Hence any traditional or ad lib Tsamikos from there could be labelled as that on the WWW. For the particular dances with steps like this one in the UK, they appear to stem from the version Laura Shannon taught to a particularly moving recording of 'Nasan Ta Niata'. However the music Laura used was not on her CDs so other people who took on the dance used alternative music. The music heli used included 'Orfano' & 'Papalambrena', both recordings of Xenos on other Laura Shannon CDs and suitable for the original atmosphere. In addition, for a different atmosphere which virtually makes it a different dance, she sometimes used the track to which I later came across to. Unlike the original music which was in 15 count phrases, the dance crossed that music. The change in step styling to one that fits that music rather than the original atmosphere might have been from Tony. To avoid confusion with the original when I put it the WWW, I added the music name to the dance title then later changed what I called its genre from 'Greek' to Circle Dance.

If you want notes for the original Laura Shannon version (& lots of background information) then do not use these notes (although the underlying step sequence is the same) but instead get Laura's note which she published in 'Deeper into the Dance 6'.

Style: (Not traditional Greek version.) Flat footed plodding. Metronome-like feel (in the regular bits).


Summary: 4 bars.

4 bars. However it does not really matter as the dance crosses the music. This is just a convenient clear part of the music to synchronise the start on.

Whole sequence.

Summary: Facing centre. (R side, L across infront) x 2. R side, L forwards, R in place, L to the side. R & L in place qq. R across infront, L side, R forwards. Facing diagonally L, backwards L, R, L.

Start Facing the centre of the circle. Weight on L ft. V-hold.
1 R to the side.
2 L across infront.
3-4 Repeat counts 1-2 (R to the side, L across infront).
5 R to the side.
6 L forwards.
7 R in place.
8 L to the side.
a R in place.
9 L in place. (With previous step this is a sort of hesitation rock.)
10 R across infront.
11 L to the side.
12 R forwards.
13 Facing 45 deg acw of the direction to the centre of the circle, L backwards.
14 R backwards.
15 L backwards.