Past Meetup

Ala Turka: Modern Turkish Oryantal & Flexibility Workshop & Tea w/ Lara Adrienne


Fresh from Turkey! Lara Adrienne will be giving a two-part workshop cover modern Turkish dance, beginning with part one--a flexibility and muscle awareness segment to prepare and condition the body to safely and skillfully execute these flashy moves, followed by part two--drills and combinations "ala Turka".

Modern Turkish style is full of flash--fast turns, crisp hip work, clean upper and lower body isolations, kicks, rolls, and spins, short but showy taxims and floorwork, powerful shimmies, and daring backbends--all done in heels. Modern Turkish oryantal has been highly influenced by two famous dancers--the ground-breaking Asena and the poised and precise Didem Kınalı.

Turkish people are also known for enjoying a chat and a "çay," so please feel free to ask Lara any questions about her experience as a foreign dancer in Turkey and Europe over tea after the workshop at a nearby cafe in Takoma Park.

Workshop: 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Tea Q&A (optional): After the workshop for an hour or so

Roda Movements
7014 Westmoreland Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Tea Q&A (optional): TBD
Location will be at a near-by cafe

$30 in advance, $40 at the door
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Lara Adrienne (Oryantal Lara) has been dancing in Turkey since 2011 in a variety of cities and venues. She has performed at five star hotels in Bodrum, on national Turkish and Israeli television programs, and in upscale nightclubs in Istanbul and Adana. She has performed in concerts with psychedelic Turkish band Baba Zula in Istanbul as well as in Lefkoşa, Cyprus, with clarinet virtuoso Hüsnü Şenlendirici in Washington, DC, with pop singer Atilla Taş in Van, and with the late great Müslüm Gürses in Istanbul and Bodrum. Additionally, during the past three years living in Turkey, Lara has been called on to perform in Alanya, Dalaman, and in Montenegro and Greece. Lara currently is a resident dancer at Al-Araby in Istanbul. Lara also has a life-long and ever-growing love for stretching, flexibility and body conditioning, fueled by her training in several dance forms and gymnastics, and a dedicated yoga practice.