Dance of the Week
Varka Sto Yialo
(Music from Greece)
Choreographed by Jim Gold
Dear Dancers and Travelers,
Welcome to our folk dance family!
Varka Sto Yialo is the Dance of the Week.
Music is from Greece.
Click on the links below.
See A Treasury of International Folk Dances
Written instructions: p 206.
Varka Sto Yialo danced by Jim Gold
Varka Sto Yialo taught and danced by Jim Gold
VARKA STO YIALO. . .GREECE
Dance Meaning: Boat on the Beach
Pronunciation: VAR-ka Sto Yial-O
Choreography: By Jim Gold in Greek folk dance style.
Music: The Greek Way
Formation: Line. Arms in V position.
Jim Gold YouTube video:
1. Teaching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpqI3xXWU98
2 Performing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGi7Tt59s6I
Introduction: One measure.
Moving right, CCW: 2 two-steps
1 R (ct 1), L (ct &), R (ct 2)
2 Repeat meas. 1 with opp ft
Facing ctr, moving CW, 8 cross steps
3 Cross R over L( ct 1), bring L next to R (ct &)
cross R over L (ct 2), bring L next to R (ct &)
4 Repeat meas
5-8 Repeat meas. 1-4
9 Face ctr, cross R over L (ct 1)
cross L over R(ct 2)
10 cross R over L (ct 1), step on L behind R (ct &)
step on R slightly to left (ct 2)
Travel out of ctr in 7 steps, left shoulder facing out of circle
11 Step on L (ct 1), bring R next to L (ct &)
step on L (ct 2), bring R next to L (ct &)
12 step on L (ct 1), bring R next to L (ct &)
step on L (ct 2)
13-16 Repeat meas. 9-12
Hora Step: Moving to right, CCW
1 Step on R (ct 1), cross L over R (ct 2)
2 step on R (ct 1), touch (or lift) L (ct 2)
3 step on L (ct 1), touch (or lift) R (ct 2)
4-38 Repeat meas. 1-3 12x
End: step on R in place (ct 1)
step on L next to R (ct 2)