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The films “Never on Sunday” and “Zorba the Greek” introduced the Greek dance to moviegoers of the silver screen, but most visitors to the Greek Festival may not realize that the dance today has retained much of its identity from ancient times, as has the Greek language. It is a living vital force in the Greek way of life, and its spirit brings people together with a true feeling of camaraderie. It’s a fundamental aspect of the Greek religious festivities, national holidays, and family celebrations such as weddings and baptisms – events that center around the church life of Orthodox parishioners.
Basically, the dances are divided into three main groups, and each dance reflects the culture, customs and traditional costumes of the particular region. A dance is either from the islands (nessiotika); the mainland (demotika); or popular (laika), meaning it is danced throughout Greece – the islands and the mainland.