I find it very calming and "motherly" :)gaman said:I've found that I can feel some deep sense of "cared for" in Laura's voice and when I think about it, I start to tear up and will cry for no reason if I keep the audio running.
Thanks to DRusak's link I realized what is maze dance.
It looks very similar to the folklore dancing which is common to almost any nation on the Balkans. On the ex-Yugoslav land it is called Kolo (or Oro in Macedonia). Kolo is a little archaic word and means circle or wheel.
In the Kolo formation of the dancers is not so important and it is not strictly written how to do it, in the meaning how it will look. There is a lot of room for improvisations; there are only a few simple rules: if possible dance in man-woman-man-woman . . . order, try to have all legs as one pair (which is of course impossible without practice) and if possible dance in circle. And all of that "if possible". Usually there are no lyrics; the whole thing is in the dance and the good mood.
I don't know for the Greek maze dance, but Kolo is very much alive in the celebrations through Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Rumania . . . in the meaning that ordinary people dance it very often, not just trained folklore dance groups. Of course it is more beautiful to watch how professionals do it, but unfortunately they often must do it in open front formation, not in closed circle, just because of lack of the room on the podiums.
I am not so sure that dance has to do something with the old Greek mythology; I would opt for some old forgotten celtic string version (notice resemblances with the Irish Siamsa dance in some elements). It is also traditionally danced with pipe (called "Gajde") music playing for example in eastern Serbia, Bulgaria, Rumania or Istra in Croatia.
Here are some examples how professionals do it and how people on celebrations do it. Don't laugh at amateurs it's not so easy as it looks, I have tried and it is hard (although I am antitalented :)) you must keep your back straight and count rhythm with your feet, which was very hard for me.
Look improvisation of the guy in black shoes ;D