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Foundations of Turkish Romani Dance to 9/8 Rhythms

  • Nov 10, 2012 · 1:30 PM
  • Dancenter Salisbury

What is "Gypsy" dance you ask? Many people think American Tribal dance is a "Gypsy" dance, but it is not. American Tribal dance originated in the United States. Did you know that the word "Gypsy" is actually a pejorative term? The "Gypsies", more correctly called "Roma", originated in India, but migrated throughout the world and adapted to the cultures around them. Many carried some of their culture & language with them. This workshop will explore the nuances of Turkish Romani dance to 9/8 rhythms - a traditional rhythm in Turkey and other Balkan cultures. This dance is done socially by both women and men.

Come find out why this dance is so much fun! This workshop covers basic understanding of Turkish Romani 9/8 rhythms and steps as well as pelvic and hip articulations and basic gestures common to this social dance. We will observe footage of men and women Romani dancing in Turkey and learn how to incorporate the steps and music into your dance routine.
Kostana has studied Romani dances of Turkey, Russia, Eastern Europe and Spain, but her specialty is Turkish Romani dance. Cost: $30/advance or $40 at door.

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  • Rose

    fantastic!! Now I don't feel completely dumbfounded when dancing to 9/8!

    November 12, 2012

  • Peg

    Great workshop. Learned a lot.

    November 10, 2012

  • Kostana

    I'll be showing 2 brief clips of a woman dancing Turkish Romani and of a man dancing Romani style. But most of the workshop will be movement and mastering the steps and style of Turkish Romani dance. Regarding ATS, I am surprised when talking to people that they sometimes think this is a Romani (Gypsy) dance, which it is not - or that it is based on Gypsy dance, which it is not. I was explaining my cabaret style to someone recently (I do Egyptian, Lebanese and Turkish style Oriental dance.) They explained that they liked Tribal style dance and said it was "more Gypsy", which I then tried to explain (& educate), "No, it is not". This word "Gypsy" gets tossed around frequently and so often people don't know what the word means or where it comes from. I have a great love and respect for the Romani people, so part of my Romani workshops are meant to be educational. But I always teach within cultural context whether we are doing Turkish, Egyptian or Romani dance.

    September 27, 2012

    • Kostana

      the video is about 10 minutes of the entire presentation!

      October 1, 2012

  • Rose

    I think you are referring to American Tribal Style Bellydance or ATS bellydance- the naming is rather specific. How much of the workshop will be watching videos?

    September 24, 2012

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