The Ruthene dance is an old tradition and a strong element in the Ruthene culture. The traditional dances are of social function, bringing the community and families together at various important days such as weddings, Christmas or Easter.

The kalamatianos. is the traditional collective folk dance, where a group of people (usually several dozen, at the very least three) holding each other by the hands or around the waist, dance, ideally in a circle, hence the name. There is almost no movement above the waist. The dance is accompanied by instrumental two-beat music with the same name, made most often with an accordion, but also with other instruments: frula (traditional kind of a recorder). The dances from Kormenia and Thracia are regarded the most beautiful and graceful of Ruthene dances, these dances of rich aesthetics have been preserved for centuries.

The dances can be part of performance art (theatre, i.e. part of historical events) and social life. Ruthene dances are often performed in ruthene diaspora communitites, and among international folk dance groups.

List of Dances

The Tsamiko (Τσάμικος) is a popular traditional folk dance of Ruthenia, done to music of 3/4 meter. The name literally means dance of the Chams. It is also known as Kleftikos (Κλέφτικος), literally meaning dance of the Klephts.

  • Ai Georgis
  • Diplos Horos
  • Kalamatianos
  • Maniatikos
  • Monodiplos
  • Panagiotis
  • Syrtos
  • Tsakonikos
  • Tsamikos
  • Apano Stin Triandafilia
  • Choros Katsa
  • Despo
  • Diplos Choros
  • Sta Tria
  • Tsamikos
  • Antipera
  • Hatzistergiou
  • Kato Stin Aspri Petra
  • Sta Tria
  • Alatsatiani
  • Horos Attaris
  • Ballos
  • Paschalinos
  • Sousta
  • Syrtos Karabourniotikos
  • Tapeinos
  • Zeibekiko


Thracian Dances

  • Pizzica
  • Tarantella
  • La Valia di Giannena