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KOLBASTI- TURKEY

“Caught red handed by the police” is what Kolbasti a Eurasian dance form means when literally translated. This “social” dance is said to have originated from a seaport known as Trabzon located in the northeast of Turkey during the 1930’s.  This dance is mainly performed during festive occasions such as marriages especially by the younger […]

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KASIK HAVASI- TURKEY

Literally meaning “spoon rhythm” is a Eurasian dance style known as Kasik Havasi.  This “spoon” dance is said to have originated from Turkey, and is considered to be extremely popular throughout the Mediterranean region. In this genre of dancing “two wooden spoons” are used as musical instruments. a. History/origin of Kasik Havasi: The dance although […]

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KARSILAMAS- TURKEY

Literally meaning “encounter, welcoming, or greeting” is a Eurasian dance style known as Karsilamas. This “folk” dance is said to have originated from Turkey mainly from the northwest region. Like several other Turkish dances this too is mainly performed during marriages and festivals. Historically speaking, this dance form was also introduced into the Greek culture […]

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HALAY- TURKEY

Performed mainly during weddings is a Eurasian dance form known as Halay. This “celebratory” dance is said to have originated from central and southeastern Turkey. The music that accompanies this dance begins extremely slowly and gradually picks up rhythm. Furthermore, traditional Turkish musical instruments such as “zurna” and “davul” are used to produce music for […]

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