The most common version in villages and in America consists of 12 slow steps, but the 10-step version seems to be the most common in the major cities of Greece. 8-, 14-, and 16-step versions still exist in some regions. The hold is hand-to-hand, but the hands should be held almost at head level, higher than in other dances such as Kalamatiano. Here, we present the 12-step version. The variations are performed in the following order, with three basic steps between each one. The leader then does some improvisation
1: The right foot moves anti-clockwise towards the circumference of the circle and slightly behind/back (swift double step)
2: The left leg moves in the same direction, in front of the right leg, with the toes pointing towards the centre of the circle
3: The right foot kicks the floor gently and is lifted up, with the knee facing the centre of the circle.
4: The right foot swings and steps back and slightly to the right.
5: The left foot steps to the left, this time clockwise.
6: Left foot steps again anti-clockwise, in front of the right foot with toes pointing to the centre.
7: The right foot steps right, toes also pointing to the centre.
8: Jump on to the right foot, lifting the left foot up while bending the knee, with the body facing the centre of the circle.
9: The left foot steps clockwise in a swift double step.
10: The right foot steps clockwise, in front of the left foot.
11: The left foot steps clockwise again.
12: Jump on to the left foot, lifting the right foot up while bending the knee, with the body facing the centre of the circle.
Strofi - Turn clockwise on steps 2 and 3, continue as normal. Turn counterclockwise on steps 10 and 11.
Kato - Squat on step 7, continue as normal.
Eksi-Eksi - After step six, hop on left foot bending right foot slightly, then hop on right foot bending left foot slightly. This move is done moving quite a bit to the right. Continue with step 9 (left foot steps to the left.)
Leventiko - After step six hop forward on left foot bending right foot slightly. Hop on left foot again, kicking right foot til it is straight in front of you. Hop on right foot with left foot slightly bent. Kick left foot forward and step on it. Arms come up and let go of hands. Pivot on the left foot until facing back. Step on right foot and complete the turn by stepping on left. Kick right (as in step 12). Begin basic step.
Strofi - Turn
Kato - Down
Eksi-Eksi - Six six.
Leventiko- has no translation, really. Kind of means cool.