• Belly Dancing
  • Chiftetelli
  • 9/8 Turkish Gypsies Dance
With its roots in the Middle East, South Africa and Asia, belly dancing is reknown as one of the oldest dances on earth with its philosophy based on the culture of abundancy and fertility of the ancient times. It is based on the female body and in honor of the Mother Earth, belly dancing is performed with naked feet to keep the connection with the earth flowing.

When observed tecnically, it seems that the dance is governed by the step figures; however, it is mainly governed by muscles. It is important for the hips, the belly, hands, arms and shoulders to move both freely and independent of each other, yet at the same time in coordination.

Having different categories like Egyptian, Turkish and American; belly dancing is open to personal interpretetations and authentic creativity and therefore practiced in many different forms across the globe.

Çiftetelli is a traditional Turkish dance that has the rhythm of 4/4 and shows variations in details from one region to another. Although it is seen performed together with classical belly dancing today, it presents differences in character from classical belly dancing.

Based especially on the flowing of the upper body, the Çiftetelli dance puts special emphasis on hand-arm-shoulder cordination. Circularity and agility prevail and folkloric steps are used mainly in the Çiftetelli that used to be danced at fairs, excursions and palace feasts.
It is a particular dance that Gypsies living in Turkey practice. There are many known rhythm patterns; it is generally performed to tabor and drums. Rapid Roman rhythm patterns consist of an order of 2+2+2+3 and they are played with a modus of 9/8. Slow Roman rhythm is played with a modus of 9/4 in an order of 2+2+2+3. Another style is the Pancar with a modus of 9/8 and a rhythm pattern that is played “dum(1/8) tek(1/8) tek(1/8) tek(1/8) dum(1/8) tek (1/8) tek(1/8) te -ek (1/4)”.

The Roman dance is an individual dance. Movements of the belly usually go from up to down or vice versa. The step and the belly move in sync. The flow of the dance varies from Rapid Roman to Slow Roman; while the figures are slower in the Slow Roman dance, the figures move in fast serial procession in the Rapid Roman dance.

Gypsies living in Turkey express their feelings through their dance, they reflect their lives through the figures of their dance. It is possible to see jealousy, anger, joy, fighting and peace-making in the figures. Dancing is a form of speech for them. For these reasons, the Roman dance is a dance of character and attitude. The important thing is not to do the figures technically correct but rather to be able to reflect the soul through the dance.

In the same category of the Roman dances, there is the Dance of Greeting (Karshılama Dance) that is danced to the rhythm 9/8 and also known as one of the Turkish Folk Dances. Similar figures to the Roman dance are used in the Dance of Greeting; however, there are differences in details and the attitude the dance is performed in.

Generally the figures of the Roman dance and the Dance of Greeting are used together in combination.