Misirlou (2*) – USA (Greek and Armenian)

*2nd Generation dance. A dance that developed and was disseminated in a non-traditional way. 2G dances are specific – have a fixed format designed to correspond with the arrangement of a particular recording., whereas 1G dances are generic – have a shorter sequence that works with live music – where many different songs are played and arrangements vary according to the tastes of musicians and dancers. For more on the differences between 1st & 2nd G dances click here.

Misirlou is a song (see Misirlou under MUSIC)

Also see Kritiko Syrto, Haniotikos under Living Dances

As stated below, Misirlou the dance came out of an attempt to perform Kritiko Syrto at a time when Greek music was very hard to come by in the USA outside of Greek immigrant communities.

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Armenian-Americans also do a Misirlou/Kritiko Syrto, though they dance it to the tune “Eench Eemanaee”

 

In Greece, Misirlou is considered a song suitable for tsifte telli, a solo woman’s dance.

 

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