Residence: Athens, Greece
Date of Performance/Collection: 4/16/19
Primary Language: Greek
Other Language(s): English
Interviewer: Can you tell me about the greek dance the Sirtaki?
AH: Yeah, that’s probably the most famous greek dance people always are performing it at celebrations and stuff.
Interviewer: What type of celebrations is it performed at?
AH: you can see it at a lot of stuff like holidays, parades, birthdays, just whenever there is an official celebration of something.
Interviewer: How do you actually do the dance?
AH: You basically are in a line of people where you stick out your arms and put them on the people next to you’s shoulders and then move back in forth as a unit kicking your legs and lunging.
Interviewer: Do you know the origin off the dance?
AH: No not really but everyone in Greece knows it and it is a pretty old part of our culture, I think it has been around for hundreds of years.
Interviewer: How do you feel about the dance?
AH: I think its pretty fun to see. Since its usually done while I’m celebrating something it’s always in a fun environment and its usually kind of funny too see because the people doing it are usually dressed up and it’s a funny looking dance.
Context: My informant is an eighteen-year-old student at USC. He was born in Athens Greece and lived there his entire life until coming to Los Angeles for college. He learned about this folk dance during his time living in Greece. This interview took place in person at Leavey library on USC’s campus.
Analysis: This is folk dance is an interesting piece of Greek folklore. It reminds me of how when I visited Spain I was able to see how much the flamenco is a part of the Spanish culture. I enjoyed hearing that this is not a dance that is commercialized or sold as part of Greek culture but rather a real part that greek people enjoy.