Turkish Folkloric Dance Lessons in Istanbul
( Private & Group Classes )




Folk Dance Lessons in Istanbul.


Les Arts Turcs Team offers you Turkish Classical Folkloric dance lessons during your visit in istanbul. Turkish dances include Halay, Ciftetelli, Zeybek, Hora, and Karsilama.

Cifteteli is a Turkish dance, derived from the çiftetelli, a Turkish traditional dance. Çiftetelli is derived from the words çifte (double) and telli (stringed), in Turkish.
The çiftetelli appears in many variations in the folk music of Western and Central Turkey. The different compositions based on this popular rhythm each have their own name. In Turkey, çiftetelli has been relegated to wedding music, where Roma and Greeks have adopted the upbeat folk rythmns into oriental dancing. Often "tsifteteli" in Turkey is inappropriately used synonymously with oriental dance.

The Turkish baglama instrument used in this style of music influenced the name çifte-telli which means "double stringed" in the Turkish language. The zeybek or zeybeği is a Turkish folk dance, named after Zeybeks.

All zeybek dances have a common characteristic form, but the positioning of the arms and body differ according to the different regions. The rhythm is also very characteristic, a rhythmic pattern of a slow nine beats: 9/4 = 2+2+2+3 beats.
Zeybek melodies can be divided according to their tempo: ağır (slow) and kıvrak (fast). The ağır zeybek have rhythmic patterns of 9/2 or 9/4, which begin with an introduction called gezinleme in free style where the dancers wander freely and start to dance in a proper time of the rhythmic pattern. There isn't a gezinleme introduction in female zeybek dances. Kıvrak zeybek have rhythmic patterns of 9/8 or 9/16.

Karşılama
is a Turkish dance. It means "face-to-face greeting" in the respective languages. Karsilamas is a couple dance that is still danced in every corner of the once great Ottoman empire, from Persia to Serbia, and in the Macedonia.
Today it is a raucous, bordering on the erotic, couple dance between men and women where the dancers face one another. Hands are held in the upright position about eye level, fingers snapped to the beat of the music, hips swaying.
The meter is 9/8, and the basic move is danced in four small steps with durations 2,2,2,3 respectively. The style and mood (bouncy, smooth, lively, etc.) vary depending on the region.
Rumeli Karşılaması, Trakya Karşılaması, Merzifon Karşılaması, Edirne Karşılaması, Gümülcine Karşılaması, Taraklı Karşılaması, Bilecik Karşılaması, Mastika
Mastika is also the title of a Karşılama in Turkish Roma music;. Popular in Turkey.

Halay is a popular dance in Turkey. It has been a symbol for the tempestuous way of life in Anatolia, its place of origin, since the times of Assyrian empire.
Halay is traditionally played on the zurna, supported by a davul, but in the recent years, electronic instruments have started to replace them. Typically, Halay dancers form a circle or a line, while holding each other with the little finger or shoulder to shoulder or even hand to hand with the last and first player holding a piece of cloth — usually called "mendil."
The Halay has spread from Anatolia to many other regions. It is a national dance in Turkey.

Horon is a dance style of Turkish people found in the Black Sea region, now modern Turkey. Horon is defined by a formed hand-in-hand circle and very precise short dance steps, mostly including sudden shoulder thrusts and distinct knee bends. The dances are not led by any one person, which is a characteristic of Turkish dances.

Idea : By our professional dance teachers you will be able to learn the basic or advance techniques about Turkish Folkloric Dance and have a nice time. Our workshop dance class is located in Galata - Taksim area.

Les Arts Turcs also exports Folkloric dance clothes. For more information about the costumes, pictures and prices, Please send us an e-mail.

Additionaly for groups and events we can organise Folkloric dance lessons.


Folk Dance Lesson ( Per Person )
1 - 3 pax
70 Euro
4 - 6 pax
60 Euro
7 - more
50 Euro
Child Supp.
Free under the age 6.
Tour Includes.
  • These are private tours and runs upon request.
  • English Guidance and assistance service.
  • Dance Class is included.
  • Workshop for groups is possible.
  • Discount rates for students and groups.
  • For more info please send us an e-mail.



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