REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

The Reasons for Folk Dances, Place, Choosing the Dancers, Preparations

Places, Dancers, Preparations and Reasons for the Performance of Folk Dances

Folk dances are performed at weddings, engagement ceremonies, when sending young men off to perform their military service, at national and religious festivals, after victories, going to and coming back from from the high plateaus and at meetings such as ferfene, yaren talks, barana or sira gezmesi.

Dances are generally performed in all suitable open areas, but may also be performed in close areas as well.

People who enjoy reputations as good folk dancers are especially invited to wedding ceremonies. These are respectable people who have knowledge of that region’s music and folk dances. Folk dances owe their rich variety of moves to such people, who happily improvise while performing in order to show off their skills. In this way, dances are successfully passed on to people who may or may not be capable of dancing themselves, especially the young ones.