Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Title

Dance and Greek Traditional Culture

Course Code


Type of Course

Mandatory, 5 hours/week (2 theory + workshop)

Course Level




ECTS Credits

6 (3+3)

Professors (-s)

Learning  Outcomes

 Knowledge of ethnology and anthropology of dance in order for the student to acquire the concept of the non verbal  expression and communication systems, like dance and music.

 Understanding of the dance phenomenon through music, given that both are inextricably linked in their beginning Understanding of dance as a means of constructing and expressing cultural identities.

 Application of the above to case studies related to dance in Greece

 Analysis of these cases in relation to their social-cultural context.

 Synthesis and interpretations of dance events as total social facts.

 Evaluation of dance events in time and place

 Teaching Approach

Interactive presentation/lecture that is supported by selected audio and video examples. Dance instruction

Prerequisite Courses

Recommended courses in the Curriculum

Anthropology of Music
Perspectives in the Study of Greek Traditional Music I-II
Music Identities
Dance and Society

Course Content

The course focuses on s are used to explore identity issues related to dance.
In seminars methods and techniques of dance analysis are taught and the phenomenon of kinetic expression of cultural identity is explored. In addition to this, contemporary and historical examples of the ways of producing and expressing the official cultural identity of nation-states through dance are examined Dance as a social phenomenon. Dance- individual and society/ Personal expression, collective identities. Contemporary anthropological theories about dance and methodological tools. Dance practices and  performances and their link with social groups, local cultural idioms (especially in the Balkans and in rural and urban Greece. The study of Greek dance identity, as it has been shaped from the end of 18th c to our time through an exploration of the development of the main state and private bodies having an interest on dance research and teaching in Greece.

Methods and techniques of dance analysis. Kinetic expression of  exemplary local dance cultures

Recommended Bliogaphy

      Cowan J., Dance and the Body Politic in Northern Greece. Princeton University press, Princeton 1990

Hunt Y., Traditional dance in Greek culture, Εκδόσεις Μουσικού λαογραφικού Αρχείου, Αθήνα 1996

Lynne Hanna J., To dance is human. A theory of Nonverbal communication, University of Chicago Press, Chicago 1979

Margulis L., Ο χορός του μυστηρίου η εξέλιξη της ανθρώπινης σεξουαλικότητας, μτφ. Ν. Δούκας, ΝΙΚΚΑΝ, Αθήνα 1994

Royce A., The Anthropology of Dance, Indiana University Press, Bloomongton 2004

Schott Billmann F., Όταν ο χορός θεραπεύει: η θεραπευτική λειτουργία του χορού: ανθρωπολογική προσέγγιση, μετάφραση Λ. Χρυσικοπούλου ; επιμέλεια Κ. Μαρούσου, Ελληνικά γράμματα, Αθήνα 1997

Δρανδάκης Ε., Ο αυτοσχεδιασμός στον Ελληνικό χορό, Αθήνα 1993

Λουτζάκη P. (επιμ), περιοδικό Eθνογραφικά 8: 1126, 1991. Αφιέρωμα στην Ανθρωπολογία του Χορού «Για μια ανθρωπολογία του χορού»

Μωϋσιάδης Π., Ελληνικοί χοροί της Θράκης, 2η εκδ. Θεσσαλονίκη: Κώδικας, 1994

Παναγιωτοπούλου Α., Zήκος I., Φαινομενολογία του Eλληνικού παραδοσιακού χορού, Τέλεθρον, Αθήνα 1990

Στράτου Δ.Ν., Ελληνικοί παραδοσιακοί χοροί: ζωντανός δεσμός με το παρελθόν, Οργανισμός Εκδόσεως Διδακτικών Βιβλίων, Αθήνα 1979

Στράτου Δ.Ν., Μια παράδοση, μια περιπέτεια: οι ελληνικοί λαϊκοί χοροί, πρόλογος Christian Zervos, 2η εκδ., Γκόνης, Αθήνα 1973

Τσιλιμίγκρα Κ.Π., Ο χορός: ιστορία, εκπαίδευση, δημιουργία, Μέλισσα, Αθήνα 1983

Τυροβολά Β., Ελληνικοί χορευτικοί ρυθμοί, Gutemberg, Αθήνα 1996

 Learning Exercises

Group work and oral presentations

Teaching Methods

Interactive method- Experiential approach

Criteria and Methods of Evaluation

Written examination at the end of the semester.

Teaching Language