I’m just back from a whopping gig at Edinburgh’s only Greek Restaurant! I must admit to having never been there before tonight, shocking really and I have no excuse either! Well, now I’m very please to say that not only have I been there and met the absolutely lovely owners but I can also add My Big Fat Greek Kitchen to my list of restaurant dancing experiences!
I was thinking to myself that this was my first Greek gig but alas I had completely forgotten about Bellydancing around the pool of the Corfu Hilton Hotel at a big fat greek wedding a few years back! How I could forget this I am yet to understand, it was AWESOME with live band and all but there you go, my brain obviously misfiled that one!
Greece appears to be one of the few bellydancing countries who have managed to keep their love of the artform a secret… Sshhh… Yes, GREECE HAS BELLYDANCING!!! You’d be surprised how many people don’t know that! ‘Tsiftetelli’ is the term used for Bellydance in Greece and this also refers to the common accompanying musical rhythm. As with all bellydancing countries, Greece have their own style too with quirks that echo folkloric dances similar to those you may have seen before on tv or when holidaying for example. I’ve never seen a bellydancer use plates as props but you never know, maybe it happens in some regions ha!
Here is a particularly beautiful greek bellydance by Tahja. I enjoy the expression she emits and the very theatrical arms. True and honest beauty. Her dance doesn’t try too hard. It doesn’t have to.
I have no idea what the song is about, maybe I’ll ask George at My Big Fat Greek Kitchen next time I dance there. Maybe I’ll dance to this song.. Yes I most definitely will.. but Sshhh, like Greek Bellydance, it’s a secret!