MITERITSA

Greek

 
PRONUNCIATION: MEE-teh-reet-sah
 
TRANSLATION: Little mother
 
SOURCE: Dick Oakes learned this dance from John Pappas, who taught it at the 1976 Folk Dance Symposium, the 1975 Texas Camp, and the 1979 Idyllwild Folk Dance Workshop.
 
BACKGROUND: Miteritsa, both a dance and a game for children and adults, is danced by the Greeks from Pontos. Pontic Greeks are originally from the Black Sea area, a region now dominated by Turkey. This dance-game, reminiscent of America's Virginia Reel, is not native to the Pontics, however, and was probably imported from Russia.
 
MUSIC:Folk Dancer (45rpm) MH 4025
 
FORMATION:With hands joined and held down in "V" pos, a group of 8 to 10 M are together at the R end of an open cir, and a group of 8 to 10 W are together at the L end of the open cir. The lead W holds the last M hand.
 
METER/RHYTHM: 4/4
 
STEPS/STYLE: The style is happy and lively with much hand clapping and obvious enjoyment. During Fig I, there may be a slight stamp on the R as the knee makes slight flexion, and there may be more of a flexion of the L knee as weight is taken on the L.
 

MEASMOVEMENT DESCRIPTION

 
 INTRODUCTION
 
1-4On recommended recording, the orchestra tunes up for three measures, then there are 4 meas introduction without action.
 
I. WALK RIGHT AND LEFT
 
1Facing slightly and moving R in LOD, step R (ct 1); step L next to R (ct 2); step R (ct 3); step L next to R (ct 4);
2-4Repeat action of meas 1 three more times, turning to face to the L on the last step;
5-8Repeat action of meas 1-4 in opp dir but with same ftwk.
 
II. M ELBOW REEL WITH W
 
1-8All dancers realease hands and clap as the lead M skips over to the other end of the line with hop-steps and, choosing any W, hooks R elbows. This cpl skips CW for one meas and, hooking L elbows, skips CCW for one meas.
 
 The lead M then continues on to another W and repeats the same CW/CCW turning with her as the first W chosen returns to her orig place. The lead M continues this reeling with other ptrs leaving enough time to skip back to his orig place before the next 8 meas begin.
 
 Repeat the entire dance from beg except that the first W chosen now skips across (instead of a M) and selects any M ptr of her choosing and dances the reel as did the lead M before.
 
 On the next repeat of the dance, the M chosed on the first repeat now skips across, and so on and so on.

 

MITERITSA
Greece

Pronounce th as in that.

/ Miteritsa mou glikia, thelo mia 'gapitikia /
/ Mavramatia ke megala, zimomena me to gala. /
 
/ Ithela na'rtho to vradi, m'epiase psili vrohi /
/ To Theo parakalousa, yia na se vro monahi. /
 
  Sweet mother, I want a loved one,
With eyes dark and large and beautiful skin.
 
I wanted to come to you last night. A light rain caught me.
I asked God to let you be alone when I found you.

Copyright © 2012 by Dick Oakes