Recorded by Carl Deul in Skopia, Florina, Greece 1973 and by Joan Freidberg in Flambouro, Florina, Greece 1995
For more infrmation:
Tracing the past through the present in the Florina & Lake Prespa Region
by Joan Freidberg
Presented at the 14th International Congress on Dance Research, Aridaia, Greece, 13-17/9, 2000.
Florina's traditional dances are known, remembered, and documented for the past 50 years, although much of the documentation available refers to dances exhibited by performing groups and does not provide a record of participatory dances as danced in the villages. When we try to trace them further back in time, the picture gets blurrier.
Throughout the first half of the 20th century, large upheavals resulted in dramatic shifts in the people who inhabited the Florina region. Because of these massive population shifts, local research into the dance traditions of the region is unlikely to give us a complete picture. However, by looking at both neighboring and diaspora communities, we can begin to reconstruct a dance culture as it existed at a specific time and place. This dance culture today not only crosses nearby political borders but also transnational boundaries across the globe . This analysis reveals two contrasting trends: the survival of one dance and the endangerment of another.