For the Tsakonian people, Tsakonian dance is a musical and dance event as well as a particular ritual, a symbol of their collective cultural identity. It has become known throughout Greece, particularly through performances by schools and associations.
Tsakonian dance is performed by men and women who hold each other “arm in arm” while standing very closely to each other. The first dancer leads the group by unravelling the circular formation of the dancers into spiralling and serpentine formations. As a dance form it was and still is a symbol of the special culture that brings the Tsakonian people together, as a common feeling and expression of social “belonging”.
The Tsakonian dance was inscribed on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage on 2015.