TURKISH ROMANI + FOLK DANCE CULTURE + HISTORY LECTURE + 9/8 DANCE CLASS
Ahmet’s lecture will focus on the culture and history of Turkish Romani and folk dance styles. This will be followed with a dance class covering Turkish Romani and Folkloric dance steps to the 9/8 rhythm.
TREE OF LIFE RITUAL DANCES
Throughout all ages and cultures, traditional circle dances were used to honor the divine, to heal, to affirm our connection to the earth and each other, to build community and celebrate rites of passages and life transitions. We will be dancing traditional circle dance from the Balkans and the Near East which embrace the Tree of Life pattern. The pattern of the Tree of Life is encoded in the steps of dances, many dance songs refer to women as sacred or magical trees, people often dance around or under sacred trees, and Tree and Goddess motifs are featured on the textiles worn while dancing.
WHEN: Saturday May 8th EDT
5.15-6.15pm: Turkish Romani + Folk Dance Lecture w/ Ahmet
6.30-7.30pm: Turkish 9/8 Dance Class w/ Ahmet
7.45-8.45pm: Tree of Life Ritual Dances w/ Nada
Sliding Scale pay what you can afford $10, $15, $20
$12 drop-in per dance class
Bellyqueen School class cards and unlimited memberships apply
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A Zoom link will be sent out 10 minutes before each class begins.
Recordings available for 7 days.
WHO: A native of Turkey, Ahmet is an accomplished choreographer, dance teacher and performer as well as a researcher of Anatolian culture. He is currently the artistic director of the Boston based Collage Dance Ensemble, which allows him to further his goal of making folk dance and music accessible to a wider audience. www.luleci.com
Nada Khodlova is a Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Creative Arts Therapist of Czech-Croatian heritage, with 30 years of clinical experience, specialising in working with women, children, and adolescent girls. Based in New York, she is on the faculty of the Dance/Movement Therapy Graduate program at Sarah Lawrence College and is Director of The Dancing WEB. Nada participated in Laura’s 2-year training in Women’s Ritual Dances in 2007-9. She is also a serious student of herbal medicine (her Croatian grandmother was a home herbalist) and produces her own line of sustainable, wild-foraged, organic handcrafted herbal products.