How to dance kolbasti

Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

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The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC supported İlyasova and organized a halftime performance of the traditional "kolbastı" by Turkish American dancers. AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU

Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC supported İlyasova and organized a halftime performance of the traditional "kolbastı" by Turkish American dancers.

AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC supported İlyasova and organized a halftime performance of the traditional "kolbastı" by Turkish American dancers. AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU

Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

Turkish national basketball player Ersan İlyasova scored 21 points for his team, the Milwaukee Bucks. However, it was not enough to keep them from being defeated by the Washington Wizards 93-106 on March 13. AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU

Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC supported İlyasova and organized a halftime performance of the traditional "kolbastı" by Turkish American dancers.

AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

Turkish national basketball player Ersan İlyasova scored 21 points for his team, the Milwaukee Bucks. However, it was not enough to keep them from being defeated by the Washington Wizards 93-106 on March 13. AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU

Turkish traditional dance marks NBA halftime

The American Turkish Association of Washington, DC supported İlyasova and organized a halftime performance of the traditional "kolbastı" by Turkish American dancers. AA photo / Mehmet TOROGLU


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Turkish Folk Dance Lesson Workshop Istanbul


  • Duration: 1. 5 hours
  • Location:  Sultanahmet or Galata Dance Studio / ISTANBUL
  • Lesson Teachings: available in English, French, Russian, Turkish

Overview ;

Turkish folk dances are very special and unique to our region. Facing three seas, straddling important trade routes, Turkey has a complex, sophisticated culture, reflected in the variety of its dances. The dominant dance forms are types of line dance. There are many different types of folk dances performed in various ways in Turkey and these reflect the cultural structure of each region. The Bar in Erzurum province, the Halay in the East and Southeast, the Hora in Thrace, the Horon in the Black Sea, Spoon dances in and around Konya and Lezginka in Kars and Ardahan are the best known examples of these. It our folk dance workshops, we try to teach you our dance culture and teachniques. We teach the following turkish folk dances ;

  • Halay Bar Folk Dance
  • Wedding folk Dances like Damat
  • Zeybek Folk Dance
  • Tciftetelli ( Ciftetelli ) – Karsilama Kasap Folk Dances
  • Horon Folk Dance
  • Turkish Roman Gypsy Dance
  • Turkish Spoon Dance
  • Turkish Belly Dance – Oriental

What is Included ;

  • Our lessons are private
  • We teach beginner & advanced levels from our dancer teachers
  • Dance studio and music system
  • Water and beverages during the workshop
  • Upon request, we can make weekly private masterclass as well.

Meeting Point ;

Here is our Art Studio Address ;

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Events of Istanbul – Les Arts Turcs  Art  Studio

Alemdar Mh. Incili Cavus St. No: 19 Floor : 3
(Behind The Underground Cistern)
Sultanahmet 34110 Istanbul, Turkey

Contact : Phone or Whatsapp : +90 544 220 10 22
E-mail   : [email protected]

Do you want to invite us for Dance Performance or Festivals ?

If you want, we can bring our dancers and dance group with musicians for your weddings, events, performances, entertaintments and festivals in istanbul, turkey an all over the world. Please contact us.

[email protected] 00905442201022

Online Turkish Folk and Bellydance Lessons !!

Yes we can do our folk dance & bellydance lessons online using Zoom, Skype or Whatsapp. Please contact Us for details.

History of Turkish Folk Dances

Turkish folk dances; It is one of the important components of Turkish folklore. It is a science that examines the regional dance and local dances and costumes played in villages and towns.

Turkish folk dances have not been completed yet. However, studies are continuing. Each village has its own dance and economic conditions make it difficult. Turkey, with over 4000 dance determined in the villages are defined as countries with the richest dance characters in the world. Because that is the cradle of culture and civilization in Turkey, almost every region in separate dance, have been found to separate clothes and music separately.

Folk dances; In contrast to other branches of art, it is a cultural identity that carries the original characters of the society to which it belongs, exhibiting the collective emotion thoughts and behaviors of individuals, which is capable of illuminating the world of only the beautiful, but interested ones.

Folk dance is an important factor in the physical and spiritual development of the individual with its sense of brotherhood, melody, rhythm and movement structure. The advantage of the person cohesion of playing together, together, move, share and Folk Dance teaches self-expression starting from these features, the activities to be implemented individual development of people in Turkey are contributing to the well provided, as well as social development. Folk dances and folk dances should not be confused with each other. Because folk dances are merely dances that reflect our culture zeybek, horon, hora, welcome etc. Folk dances are often played at meetings such as peasants, insignia, conscription, descent and descent, birth, religious and national holidays, and the victory, ferfene, barana, queue, and chat.

Dance are usually played in closed places as played in open spaces suitable for playing dance.

Especially in weddings, people who are known to play well in the region are invited. Because at the beginning of the community the local music and dance are well-known and respected people. Folk Dances owed their wealth of figures to these people. They make their own improvised figures to show their mastery of dexterity. Thus, people who play or do not play, especially young people have been shown and transferred.

Folk dances played in Anatolia are classified according to their types

Halay Dance Yallı Dance Zeybek Dance Bar Dance Horon Dance Single Dance Shooting Dance Types of Turkish folk dance Hora Region; Although mostly played in Thrace, it is observed in Black Sea and South Marmara. Zeybek Region; It consists of three subgroups. As a rule; 9 timed and limp dance. The main Zeybek region; Aegean, South Marmara, Central Anatolia. Teke Zeybek Region; Lakes Region, Western Mediterranean. Zeybek Region with spoon; South Marmara, Western Black Sea, Central Anatolia and its surroundings. There are also ritualized regular dance played in these regions (Zonguldak, as in Karabuk). Spoon dance Region; Eastern Mediterranean region from the Konya District and the eastern districts of Antalya. Horon Region; East Blacksea. Halay Region; It consists of three subdivisions. Steppe Halay: Middle Black Sea and Inner Anatolia East Halay: Eastern and Southeastern Regions Çukurova Halay: Çukurova region. Bar District; Northeast Anatolia and Inner Artvin. Caucasus Region; Northeast Anatolia.

Turkish dance regions: Hora – East Thrace Zeybek – Aegean, Southern Marmara and Middle-eastern Anatolia Region Teke – Western Mediterranean Region Kaşık Havası and Karşılama – Western Central Anatolia, Western Black Sea, Southern Marmara, Eastern Mediterranean Region Horon – Central and Eastern Black Sea Region Halay – Eastern Anatolia and Central Anatolia Region Bar and Lezginka – Northeastern Anatolia Region Bar With their structure and formation, they are the dances performed groups in the open. They are spread, in general, over the eastern part of Anatolia (Erzurum, Bayburt, Agri, Kars, Artvin and Erzincan provinces). The characteristic of their formation is that they are performed side-by-side, hand, shoulder and arm-in-arm. Woman and man bars are different from one another. The principal instruments of our bar dances are davul and zurna (shrill pipe). Later, clarinet has been added to the woman bars. The dominant measures in bars are 5/8 and 9/8. Occasionally measures of 6/8 and 12/8 are used. Aksak 9/8 measures which are also the most characteristic measures, in particular, of the Turkish folk music are applied with extremely different and interesting structures in this dance. They normally wear costumes as they dance. They always dance with pride and they turn their hands as they hop dance.

Halay This folk-dance, is a part of Turkish dance and is performed to a large extent in the Eastern, South- Eastern and Central Anatolia and it is one of the most striking dance. It has a rich figure structure of simplicity is the symbol of creation and originality of the folk. The rhythmic elements of halay dances are very rich and are mostly performed with drum-zurna combination as well as with kaval (shepherd’s pipe), sipsi (reed), cigirtma (fife) or baglama (an instrument with three double strings played with a plectrum) or performed when folk songs are sung.

Horon Horon, is a dance style found in the Black Sea region, now modern Turkey. The dances called Horon derived from the Greek culture of the area and are circular in nature, each characterized distinct short steps. HORON or the round dance is a typical folk dance of the Black Sea coastal area and its interior parts. Horons appear very different from the folk dances in other parts of the country with their formation of tempo, rhythm and measure. Horons are performed, in general, groups and their characteristic measure is 7/16 For their melodies are rendered very fast, it is very difficult to render them with every instrument. For this reason, rendering with a drum and zurna becomes practical. Melodies of horon are performed with the small type of zurna which is called ‘cura’. In addition, in the interior parts blowing instruments such as bagpipe mey (again, a small zurna) etc. The other measures used are 2/4, 5/8 and 9/16.

Zeybek Zeybeks are, in general, the widespread folk dances of the Western Anatolia. It is rendered one person or two or a group of people and its name changes for example as ‘seymen’ in the central parts of Anatolia. Zeybek dances are formed, in general, of 9/8 measures and have a variety of tempos such as very slow, slow, fast and very fast. Very slow zeybek dances have the measure of 9/2, slow ones 9/4 and some others 9/8. Very fast dances, for instance, teke (goat) dance seen in Burdur – Fethiye region can be regarded as dances of zeybek character, they have the traditional measure of 9/16 There is another folk dance named as BENGI in the zeybek region. It is performed more differently from the zeybek and has got a different musical feature and the most characteristic measure of bengi dance is 9/8. Particularly in slow zeybeks, the traditional instruments is drum- zurna combination. The use of 2 drums and 2 zurnas in combination is a tradition, function of one of the zurnas is accompaniment, in other words, it accompanies the melody with a second constant tune. Apart from drum-zurna, a three-double string instrument baglama, reed, marrow bow etc. are used for fast zeybek dances. In particular, the traditional instrument of the teke dance region is reed.

Karsilamas A kind of wedding music and hora type folk dances with melodic and rhythmic structure and with a fast performance facing one another and different cultural structure of the region and the dominant measure is 9/8 but some other measures are used as well. Their traditional instrument are 2 drum – 2 zurna combination, the most characteristic use of this combination is seen in this region. It can be found also as, Tsifteteli. Kasap havasi Meaning “the butcher’s dance” from Turkmen: kasap “butcher”, is a modern dance from İstanbul and East Thrace. The dance has its origins in Byzantine times butchers, taken the Byzantine military. Kasık Oyunları (Wooden spoon dances) These dances, in general, are mostly spread over the Mediterranean region and have a very different structure with their arrangement performance, rhythmic and melodic characteristics. They are always rendered with wooden- spoons and the characteristic measure is 2/4 or 4/4. The instruments used are beast bow (later violin), baglama and clarinet, in general, they are accompanied folk songs. Dinar is probably the best known of the “wooden spoon dKolbastı: Kolbastı is among teens in common and widespread. Lezginka Lezginka is mainly performed in Kars and Ardahan. Samah: Samah melodies have the measures of 5/8, 7/8 and 9/8. Their traditional instruments are baglama, bow etc. There is no rhythmic instrument. Performance singing (without any instrument) is also widespread. The most developed samahs are of 3 parts, namely: a) agirlama (entertainment b) yeldirme (cloak wearing) c) kogdurma (dismissing). and can be found mostly at the region of Pontus. Shiksaray Turkish dance, with origins in Black Sea Region.

Dance "Sausages" - Istanbul and Sea - Livejournal

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FROM: MOM_Fortuna
2009-03-19 08:42 AM (UTC)

. .. no worse0029

FROM: _richter
2009-03-19 08:49 am (UTC)

I have only read that in Erzurum there is an analog is no different))

Probably came from the Caucasus. There are some elements similar to Lezginka and other Caucasian dances.

By the way, do you know what the word faroz means? It constantly sounds in songs to which sausages dance, but it is not in my big dictionary.

FROM: Inzhir_mindal
2009-03-19 08:59 AM (UTC)

Class schismatic dischanted!
really liked it, thanks :)

Now I want to Trabzon))

from: Lyagushatina
2009-03-19 09:02 AM (UTC)
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!!!! :)))
I especially liked the figure when they crawl on all fours with one leg up :))))))))))))
real raskolbas :)))))))
and the last one reminds me of the once famous hip-hop clip ITS LIKE THAT )))))))))

On all fours they depict dogs, or something))
Girls have a moment when, getting up from the fours, they seem to burrow something

from: BunEfer 2009-03-03-19 09:06 AM (UTC)

Boys and girls are nobly sausage :) (I would not refuse to learn this dance).
>Where do the legs grow from there, from the Caucasus or from the Greeks of Trebizond?<
Personally, I have associations with the Caucasus.

So I don’t understand how I lived, not knowing this dance))

from: Aydin_yagmuri
2009-03-19 10:04 am (UTC)
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"Kol bastı", shouted the guys on the watch, warning the merrymakers about the police raid:)
Yes, it is not clear with the history of the dance: either ancient-folk, or new-popular (30s of the 20th centuries)
There is a version that this is a dance of fishermen. Fishing figures are seen in it: rowing, catching, manipulating the net. But that raskolbas, which is on the video, refers to the disassembly of drunken fishermen. So the girls just all dance correctly, they are not a sad-maza.
Here is info aspx?BlogNo=165681

Thanks, Olya. I need to read this at home with a dictionary, but there is not even a Turkish font on my working computer

From: ex_farkhat
2009-03-19 10:12 AM (UTC)

Merry dance :) Thank you, pleased


FROM: RAZHDEN - 03-19 10:28 am (UTC)

from the Greeks of course
the Ottoman Turks did not have their own musical culture at the time of the conquest, and the small peoples related to the Greeks, with whom the Turks mixed, were like Greeks in fact. even the Georgians are very similar to the Greeks in music and dance, but with more Iranian influence.

FROM: Aydin_yagmuri
2009-03-19 10:55 AM (UTC)

Twisted Twisted :) Culture of the Türku was emerged. roamed Anatolia for centuries. I'm not talking about mani.

from: nufus
2009-03-19 11:16 AM (UTC)

A couple of weeks ago by Okan Bayilgen watched in the program, Kolbastov dancing there under hiphop-so looks organic. The dance is excellent)) I need to go to courses

I envy, we are unlikely to be found in Moscow))

from: Almadi
2009-03-19 11:46 am (UTC)

Great! the teenagers made us very happy - they move so organically and it gives them so much joy:)

And how much joy did they bring us? ))

From: cheerful_husky
2009-03-1912:21 pm (UTC)

Great selection of videos! I liked the dancing girls! Thank you!

From: cheerful_husky
2009-03-19 12:27 p. m. Impressed!

I see that I liked them so much that you wrote about them twice))

0036 2009-03-19 01:59 pm (UTC)

:) In my opinion, Black Sea dances are generally one of the most incendiary!

It's cold there, it's blowing from the sea, you have to warm up))

From: isetea
2009-03-19 02:08 pm (UTC)

dance school live! :)))

Wow! I’ll try to repeat at home))

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Turkish traditions.

Dancing. Video: turkeyonair — LiveJournal The day before yesterday I showed you some videos from the wedding of my husband's younger brother. How and what is happening. And today I will show traditional dances and various directions in music. Turks are very musical people. And they love to dance. Even if they don't, it doesn't bother anyone. They dance simply and from the heart. The Turks do not have many opportunities to get together. Families are large, but often all live in different parts of the country. Therefore, when they gather, everyone is glad to see each other. And when the soul is good, what could be better than dancing? Be it a wedding, Sunnet (a celebration of circumcision), Ramadan and Kurban Bayram. Sending off to the army? So let's dance friends so that the road is smooth, and a friend returns quickly!
It should be noted that all dances have certain canons. This is how the legs are rearranged, and how to shrug, and much more. From an early age, children learn to dance. They are always taken with them and taught to local traditions.

So, how else do they dance in Turkey?

The first direction I would like to show is Halay. The dance begins slowly, but then speeds up and speeds up. Not everyone survives and gradually only the strongest dancers remain. What did you actually see yesterday. :)

This video is long, you can watch it from the 6th minute, they are already dancing faster there. :)

I danced this dance. Hard to get used to, I tell you! Legs are constantly tangled and twisted. Although it seems that everything is simple.

Let's move on. The next dance is Kolbastı/Kolbasty. This is an even more difficult dance, in my opinion. Here it is already necessary not only to rearrange the legs, but also to spread the arms correctly. The most popular dance among young people. Look!

These are children dancing, but they are professionals, I can't do that. :) Pay attention to the baby, who is also trying to repeat the movements of older children. This is how Turks teach their children to dance. They take it everywhere with them and the children watch how adults dance, repeat ...

And this is the bride and groom dancing. From the heart! There is no alcohol at Turkish weddings. But in order to make a sausage like this, you don’t need him, but just the right dance! :)

Did you dance? Difficult? Well then, here is the next direction for you and the dance of Çiftetelli/Chiftetelli. This is the easiest thing to learn in a short amount of time and dance at Turkish parties. Let's see what and how to do.

Two flushes, three flushes. More precisely, not even slaps, but snapping fingers. And shoulder, shoulder lead the girls! :)

And the masses are already dancing. Next time I hope to see you among the dancers!

Well, the last dance that I would like to show is Oyun Havaları / Oyun Havalari. This dance is more to the liking of adults who do not dance Kolbasta. But since everyone wants to fool around, they dance this dance.

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