Never on Sunday (2*)- USA (Greek)

*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.

Never on Sunday was a Greek movie, released in the USA in 1960.  It’s title song, (composed by Manoa Hadjidakis),  also called “Never on Sunday” was the first foreign song to win an Oscar.

The movie’s success coincided with the rising popularity of Greek rebetiko music and dances (see Hasapiko Music under MUSIC), so folk dancers in the USA wanted a dance they could do to Never on Sunday.  A certain Bob Wischnick (or Wiechnick) of Wheeling, West Virginia, who already knew the pseudo-Greek dance Misirlou, (see Misirlou under 2nd Generation Dances) added a couple of hasapiko-like steps and set the new concoction to an instrumental version of Never on Sunday.



Nev lyr

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: