Zaramo (dance)

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The Zaramo (Greek: Ζάραμο) is a dance from the northern Greek region of Macedonia, common in Florina regional unit.[1]

The name Zaramo comes from the south-slavic phrase za ramo ('shoulder to shoulder', also in Greek: omo me omo).

The dance is done in two or more separate lines, men in one line and women in the other. It consists of an almost hasaposerviko-type movement at the beginning, which is the slow part. The men start out with the right foot, put the left one behind the right, move the right to the side, then lift the left leg, then lift the right leg. The women do the same, but instead of lifting the leg, they step to the side, and then step forward. Then when the transition from fast to slow happens, both men and women step with the right foot, put the left behind, then step in place three times to the side, and three times forward. The dance is performed moving to the right.

This dance is shared by Greeks, Ethnic Macedonians, Serbs and Bulgarians.


  1. ^ Friedberg, Joan Carol (July 1997). "Cultural Change in Traditional Dances in Florina, Greece: A Pilot Study". Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Dance Research. International Organization for Folk Art (UNESCO). Retrieved 2009-07-15. 

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