Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers. Dancing with the Stars. Sunset dancing. Dancing has always been a part of life in every community & country and dance make us merry & happy. Greece has a rich folk culture, and Greek folk dancing has been around for over 2500 years. On the mainland, there is a tradition of dancing chain dance of the year and lif’s celebrations. A repertoire of couple dances were also widespread during the Venetians domination of the Ionian Islands (1386-1797), the Cyclades and several of the Aegean Islands and Crete (1204-1669). In most dance improvisation is an important element. In large cities appear in addition to regional dance different dances of European and American origin, also has the Greek refugees from Asia Minor (1922-23) influenced the repertoire including the popular, free couple dancing tsifte teli; also solo dance zeibekikos is widespread. The dances kalamatianos & tsamikos have over 1900s, acquired the status of national dances.