History of Karsilamas Dance
History of Karsilamas Dance History of Karsilamas Dance

Karsilamas (From Greek, Turkish: karsilama), is a folk dance spread all over Northwest Asia Minor and carried to Greece by Asia Minor refugees.

The term "karsilamas" comes from the Turkish word "karsilama" meaning "face to face greeting" The dance is still popular on Northwestern areas of Turkey, especially on wedding parties, festivals and so on.

In Greece and Cyprus there is a similar dance named, Antikrystos. Antikrystos, translates also, as "anti-face", i.e., face-to-face.

Karsilamas is a couple dance that is still danced in what was the Ottoman Empire, from Persia to Serbia, and in the Macedonia and Thrace regions of Northern Greece.

Figures of the dance may, vary from region to region but main theme is two people face each other, and music rhythmically controls their next moves.

Traditionally people dance without any figure on their minds, just figures they have seen from their elders.

The meter is 9/8, and the basic move is danced in four small steps with duration 2, 2, 2, 3 respectively. The style and mood (bouncy, smooth, lively, etc.) vary depending on the region.

Cyprus Antikrystos, Rumeli Balkan karsilamas, Thrace (Greece) Antikrystos, Merzifon Karsilamasi, Edirne Karsilamasi, Komotini (Greece) Karsilamas - Aptalikos, Giresun Karsilamasi, Tarakli Karsilamasi, Bilecik Karsilamasi, Old Karsilamas, Pigi Karsilama, Ayse Karsilama (Iskender bogazi), (Aptalikos Karsilamas, Asia Minor Karsilamas (Melinos karsilamas), Mastika.

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