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Choosing Greek Songs for Dancing

 

By Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin

 

Table of Contents

 

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Introduction

Are you tired of dancing to the same songs all the time for your Greek line dances or belly dancing? Use this page to discover Greek music that may be new to you, appropriate for your favorite dance style. Each song listed includes a link to an English translation of the lyrics.

Of course, there are many more excellent Greek songs available for every one of these dance styles. Once you have explored the songs listed here, you can look for additional songs by the singers and composers of your favorites.

Opa!

 

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8 Songs for the Hasapikos Line Dance

 

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4 Songs for the Hasaposervikos Line Dance

 

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7 Songs for Karsilama and 9/8 Belly Dance

 

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10 Songs for Zeibekikos Dance

 

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10 Songs for the Syrtos Line Dance

The songs in this category are from the Greek style of music known as Rebetiko and Laiko. Many of the songs listed below can also be used for belly dancing - check the individual song's information to be sure.

 

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Older Greek Songs for Belly Dancing Gigs

The songs in this category are from the Greek style of music known as Rebetiko and Laiko. Many of the fast songs listed below can also be used for the syrtos line dance.

10 Fast Songs

In addition to the songs listed above, there are many Greek songs that share the same melody as songs that were recorded in Arabic or Turkish. Many of these are also appropriate for belly dancing, and are listed elsewhere on this web site.

ABOUT THE PHOTO: The dancer in the photo is the Greek dancer Boubouka, in a scene from the 1956 Greek movie Madame X.

3 Slow Songs

 

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Newer Greek Songs Suitable for Belly Dancing Gigs

The songs on this list have been released since 2017.

  • Alaxa (I Changed) by Nikos Vertis. 2019.
  • Ego Tha Vgo (I Will Go Out) by Eleni Hadzidou. 2017.
  • Fovame (I'm Afraid) by Petros Iakovidis. 2019.
  • Magia (Black Magic) by Josephine. 2018.
  • Ola Lathos (All Wrong) by Elli Kokkinou. 2018.
  • Prosehe Kala (Be Careful) by Nikos Vertis. 2017.
  • Taxe Mou (Promise Me) by Elli Kokkinou. 2019.

 

 

 

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About the Author

This page was contributed by Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin, who is happy to share her culture and music she grew up with! Here's how Panayiota describes her background:

I always love engaging with intelligent like-minded people, especially artists. I love sharing anything and everything about my Hellenic culture and upbringing, especially music and dance. A conversation with me will bring you back to America's favorite Greek-American movie by Nia Vardalos called My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I love investigating Greek culture, history, music, and dance. Speaking of investigating, I think I missed my calling, I probably should have been an investigator. Instead, I use those skills to dig and dig and dig tirelessly, often times falling asleep on my laptop... just to find the truth. But, most importantly, accurate truth. For me personally, and other respectable folklorists, my culture and accuracy are very important. Each generation of ethnic born artists has a duty to do the best it can to pass down our traditions as was taught to us. We have been given this artistic gift to be the gatekeepers of our heritage and culture.

Panayiota

 

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