A Part From Our Culture

The Dance Of Heroes: ZEYBEK
The Dance of bravery and our folk dance that best reflects the character of Turkish culture; Zeybek. Representing the people of the Aegean, known as the brave, just and hostile to injustice, Zeybek is still one of our indispensable folk dances today. Especially in Turkish weddings of recent years, Zeybek performances of the bride and groom and their friends break view records in social media channels.
This dance is played in the entire Aegean region, differs from region to region with slight differences, but in essence, the character and attitude of Zeybek game is the same. It always feels impressive and emotional.
You can play Zeybek like Efeler too. If you are interested in folk dances, Zeybek lessons are given in almost every dance course. At Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy, you can take advantage of Zeybek trainings we prepared for you. If you want to get to know the most beautiful game of our culture better, go to Zeybek course!
The most common Zeybek style: HARMANDALI
Harmandalı is a music and dance style from Aegean region. The difference between Zeybek and Harmandalı has always been confusing. Harmandalı is a type of Zeybek which is a traditional dance.
Harmandalı, like all other Zeybek styles, represents bravery, chivalry and courage. The figures in Harmandalı are slow and have big foot movements. Staying straight, opening the arms wide, looking straight with brave eyes and moving with the music makes this dance very effective.
Harmandalı is easy to learn like other Zeybek styles but takes time to fit in the body and needs practice. Practicing the moves over and over again is very important. The movements should be counter clockwise . If there are more than one person it needs to be danced in a circle. Dancing with self confidence is very important. Harmandalı is a dance that is significant with the way you stand. So sharp looks and big and slow movements make you look stupendous.

Combative and Dynamic like Black Sea: HORON
The dances around Rize area are usually called “Horon”. Usually it is danced with the music of bagpipes and kemancha but can be danced with türkü. Around bagpipes and kemancha the dancers make a circle and dance. Hemşin horon is danced with bagpipes, Rize horon is danced with kemancha.
Regional dance from Black Sea, Horon will mesmerize you with its energetic music and atmosphere.
Turkey’s general dances: HALAY
Halay is danced in a group and in a circle. The dancers hold each other with their little finger. The person who is the leader of the group holds a handkerchief and waves it. It starts with slow steps and gets faster. Usually it involves foot movements. The instruments used are drum and zurna.
There are three main Halay types in Turkey:

  • Çukurova (South) Halay: Danced around Adana and Antep area.
  • East Halay: Danced in the east part of Antep
  • Steppe Halay: Danced in Middle Anatolia and Middle Black Sea region

The dance with 9/8 rhythms: ROMAN
It is the cultural dance of Roman people. They use dance to express their feelings. They are a very fun community.
They ease their pain with dance. Usually it is an improvised dance. It has similar moves with Bollywood dance.
A very dynamic dance: ÇİFTETELLİ
Almost everybody is familiar with Çiftetelli which is danced around the Marmara, Aegean, Middle Anatolia and Mediterranian regions. Although the style of music is the same, dance moves can be different according to region. It has a 4/4 rhythm. Çiftetelli is the name of the music and dance. It is danced in Turkey and Balkan region. It involves movements around the upper body and dewlap. When you dance Çiftetelli, you move your shoulders, arms, chest, legs in a vibration movement. It is played with classic saz and bağlama instruments.  
The foot movements are small and don’t have specific numbers. It can be danced freely. The important thing is to have a connection with the music. The joy in the body is the most important thing in Çiftetelli. It can be danced in a couple or in a group.
  • Recognizing and discovering the limits of your body
  • Getting to know Turkish culture better
  • Socializing, taking a hobby
  • Being a professional folk dancer
  • Being able to make dance a part of your life
  • Feeling good, being happy
Turkish folk dance course fees can change whether it is a private or group class, adult or child group, what is the length of the course period and opportunities offered. It is shaped according to the number of lessons per week and the training program.
Turkish folk dance course prices, more precisely, dance course prices are generally luxurious and seem to be expensive, but Turkish folk dance lessons actually have very affordable fees. However, the first criteria you look at should not be the price. The quality of the dance course, its location, the hygienic halls, the professionalism of the instructors, the comfort of the classes and the opportunities of the course facilities should be the issues you need to pay attention to.

Quality and enjoyable Turkish folk dance training with Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy!

As Aytunç Bentürk Dance Academy, we invite you to our Turkish folk dance courses with our professional and experienced instructors. A social atmosphere awaits you with our comfortable halls designed for dance, specially prepared lesson programs, dance nights and dance practices. Meet our privileged Turkish folk dance courses, whether by group dance training or by taking private dance training, an unforgettable experience, a life full of dance awaits you.

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