Workshop topics include but are not limited to:
Romany (Gypsy) Music, Dance and Culture Workshops
This is a series of workshops that can be offered in a very abbreviated form in 2 hours or they can be expanded to a 5 day, 4 hour a day format.
These workshops separate fact from fiction about Romany music, dance, history and culture from many different Romany cultures throughout the world. We compare and contrast the features of the dances and music. There is ample DVD footage. We discuss the truth about Romany culture and history and how it is quite different from the false stereotyped fantasies and biases that abound.
Turkish Oriental and Turkish Romany (Gypsy) Workshops
Turkish Romany Dance, History and Culture
This workshop separates fact from fiction about Turkish Romany dance, history and culture. I can do 1 hour versions up to a 4 day intensive. The topics you can choose from within this subject are:: karsilama rhythm, Romany 9/8 rhythms, gestures and steps for dancing to both slow and fast versions, short combinations, a theatricallized skirt dance (which incorporates Romany skirt gestures and theatricalized fusion of Romany and Non - Romany dance material), history lecture, DVD footage and costuming information, ciftetelli rhythms and dance combinations and finger snaps. aslo available are choreographies to entire songs. I can return to places where I have taught this subject before with all new dance material.
I can do 1 hour versions up to a 4 day intensives on this subject. Topics included can be: compare and contrast Turkish Oriental, Egyptian Oriental and Turkish Romany dance, a description of the features of a Turkish Oriental show, trends in dance and costuming, steps, turns, hip articulation, abdominal work, knee lifts, arm postures, backbends and full body undulations to karsilama and the Romany 9/8, ciftetelli, finger cymbals, floor work, veil, combinations, DVD footage and we can dance through a complete Turkish show together in class. I can return to places where I have taught this subject before with all new dance material.
Turkish Oriental AND Turkish Romany (Gypsy) Part 1
I can do 1 hour versions up to a 4 day intensives on this subject. I teach the same combinations in both the Oriental styles and in the Romany styles. Students will get a clear understanding of how Turkish Romany dance is the mother of Turkish Oriental dance and how the two differ and merge. DVD footage of both styles can be presented. I can return to places where I have taught this subject before with all new dance material.
Turkish Cengi Workshop
The famous female public entertainers of the Ottoman Empire were known as "Cengi" dancers. In this one day workshop I teach about the history of Cengi dancing, and the costuming of the Cengi dancers plus and a complete choreography (based on old descriptions and antique representations of the dancers). The workshop includes instruction on how to play Turkish Wooden spoons (Kasiklar). This workshop is taught by Artemis.
Totally Turkish with
Tayyar Akdeniz is a world famous dancer, musician and choreographer from Turkey. He can teach Turkish Romany and Turkish Oriental material for women dancers in a one or two day format. He can teach steps, turns, gestures and short combinations to the various 9s (including karsilama) and to ciftetelli. Tayyar can also offer classes, semi-private and private lessons in dumbek, saz, davul, drum solo, Turkish music, Turkish Spoons and over a hundred Turkish folk dances. These workshops are taught by Tayyar.