| The dance of greeting is performed as part of the brokel-dantza and as part of the soka-dantza. In the brokel-dantza Iztueta placed it after the walk-out while José Antonio Olano generally performed it at the beginning, before the walk-out. As its name suggests, this dance is a protocol of greeting.
In the brokel-dantza it is performed by the whole group with the leader at their head, while in the soka-dantza it is only the aurreskulari and the atzeskulari who dance in honour of the ladies that the servers have brought to them to join the dance.
Juan Ignacio Iztueta includes the dance of greeting in the cycle of the brokel-dantza, but he also includes it in the ezpata-dantza and in the repertoire of traditional melodies. Describing the ancient dances one by one, Iztueta makes the following assertion: “The dance of greeting used to be performed before the high altar when the ezpatadantzaris danced in church, and was danced nowhere else”.
It is not clear whether Iztueta refers here to the dance of greeting that goes with the brokel-dantza or whether we are dealing with two different dances. Iztueta also provides the following data on the structure of the dance of greeting that he includes in his repertoire of ancient melodies:
"The dance of greeting comprises 16 points in 2 parts. Each of the 2 parts is played twice, making 32 points danced as follows:
1. The first part has 8 points and the dancer must take.... 8
2. The second part has 8 points and he/ she must take..... 8”
The dance of greeting performed in the brokel-dantza is usually staged today according to a relatively fixed layout. The runs and jumps in which the dancer would turn his back are replaced by jumps without turns and by courtesy runs.