Greek dance composed of various speeds of Greek folk dances known as hassapikos. This dance became popular when the 1964 song, “Zorba’s Dance” (“Horos Tou Zorba“), was composed by Mikis Theodorakis and featured in the Academy Award-winning film, “Zorba the Greek.” The sirtaki choreography present in this movie along to Zorba’s Dance eventually became a worldwide hit!
But with performing any dance comes the need for practice and patience, and if you have two left feet, well, learning a new dance can be a more complicated process. However, for the lovely girls performing to the iconic Zorba’s Dance during the 2004 Dancefest in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, it’s clear that they spent plenty of time ensuring they put on their best performance possible, with a modern twist!
In a video of their dance show, the middle school-aged girls are dressed in identical, dark-blue dresses featuring a tight bodice and short, fluffy skirt along with white tights, white tap shoes, and a white bow attached to their ponytails.
The popular Greek tune starts out slowly, as do the girls’ dancing. Seconds after the song begins, more girls come out on stage, and each of them claps and stomps to the beat of the song. While the audience may already be cheering them on, they haven’t seen anything yet!
The dancers come closer together as the music picks up and tap their little legs as quickly as they can. And although it isn’t an extra replica of the original dance, the girls’ end up putting on a spectacular show, so spectacular that even people with Greek heritage cheer on the dancers in the comments section of the video!