Turkey is like a laboratory with respect to folk dances. Turkey is defined as the richest country on earth in terms of folk dances based on the fact that it has got over 4000 folk dances in the countrysides. As being different from other art branches, folk dances are a form of cultural identity characterized by having the original features of the society that they belong to, projecting the common feelings, thoughts and behaviours of the people and illuminating the world of the person who is interested in them while they may only seem beautiful for others. Folk dances function as a significant factor in the physical and psychological development of the individual through the melody, rhythm and movements that they embody within themselves. With the advantage of dancing together, folk dances teach the individuals to socialize, act together, share and express oneself and therefore, not only do folk dances contribute to the individual development of Turkish people but also they add to the social development of them through the activities to be applied. Folk dances are mostly performed by the peasants for engagements, while sending one to the military duty, when going up or down the wolds, when a woman gives birth, at religious and national festivals, after a triumph and at the meetings of friend chatting.
Folk dances, are instructed by the instructors who are experts in their fields at Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy and you are guaranteed with the best fun you can have as well as the chance to lose weight and get in shape.
It is also known as the dance of the East. Belly Dance is the leading of the oldest dances to have been known in the world. Traditionally, it is performed barefoot. This is grounded on the wish of not losing the direct touch with the Mother Earth. Belly Dance is characterized by the flowing, smooth, complex and impressive movements with a variety of wiggling and waving moves. Eastern dances are dependent upon the move of the muscles as opposed to the Western dances which are based on footsteps. Consequently, the steps are really soft and there is never a jump and the touch with the earth is always kept. The body gets thinner in the course of time since it helps work the muscles of belly, chest and hips and in regular performance, the practitioner gets thinner. Besides, a number of doctors lead their patients with disorders in their body to Belly Dance courses as a physical therapy.
The Gypsies were given several names and adjectives in the Anatolian Turkish and the regions they spread. In Turkey, Romans are called with a variety of names which are the versions of the Turkish word “Çingene” (Gypsy) depending on the regions they live in. Some of these include Cono (Adana), Roman (İzmir), Şopar (Tekirdağ, Kırklareli), Cingan (Bolu, Kastamonu, Çankırı, Sinop, Çorum, Afyon, Ankara, Kırşehir), etc. In Roman music there are two rhythms: the 9/8 rhythm and the 9/4rhythm, which is called heavy Roman. The basic instruments include hanging drum, clarion, clarinet, darbuka, kanun, cümbüş and violin.