LogoTurkish Spoons – WRJ

WHERE: Dancer's Corner, White River Junction
TIME: 7:15-8:30 (75 minutes)
When: Wednesdays – January 10 - March 7 (No class Feb 7 and Feb 28.  There will be peer rehearsals for Khaleegy, Bandari, Persian Classical and Iraqi instead)

My last trip to Istanbul was in May 2013.  I studied at a dance festival with Oryantal and Romany teachers and traveled to the Romany Hidrillez Festival on the border of Greece and Bulgaria.  Beyond that, I was lucky enough to study privately with a prominent Turkish Folk Dance teacher who taught me several Turkish Spoon dances in order that I might share them with my students.  The advantage to studying Spoon Dance is that it is one of the less known (to Belly Dancers) specialties in Turkish dance.  If you have never studied Turkish dance, this class will work for you.  It does not presuppose prior Turkish Dance training.  Experienced Turkish dancers will get a whole new and deepened understanding of Turkish dance - mood, music, rhythm, energy and skill to add to Turkish Cabaret (Dans Oryantal) and Romany styles.  

Folk dance is a huge and institutionalized pursuit in Turkey, unlike in the United States.  There are hundreds if not thousands of folks dances in Turkey, and Spoon dance is one of them.  Spoon dance is indigenous to central southern Turkey, right down to the coast.  Its fun, perky and energetic (energetic but not crazy like Bandari or taxing like Bhangra).  It is refined in the sense of hearing the music and the rhythm as well as playing the spoons.  The "song" is actually a compilation of three different songs and we will be using 4/4 rhythms.  It has fun footwork in it, but the footwork is nowhere as complex or constantly athletic as Debke, for example.  The combination of footwork, spoon playing (there are various ways of playing the body of the spoon and the spoon handles), precise arm work, directionality, theatricality, partner work and group staging make this a worthy challenge for any advanced dancer.  For those who are very nimble, there are some more physically challenging sections that will be modified for others.  Dancers must feel comfortable with playing triplets on zills since much of the spoon work includes playing triplets.  It is very likely that this piece will eventually have the option of working directly with our native teacher, as long as international politics do not interfere.    This is my solid intention.  

Four authentic long-handled Turkish wooden spoons (two pairs) from Istanbul are included in the price of class.    

This class is open to second year Intermediate students who can play zill triplets and it is also open to Advanced students. This will be a very fun, accessible and non-exlusive dance class (with a later option for performance) for any experienced intermediate or advanced dancer.   It is not open to students who have just graduated from beginner class.

LOCATION: Dancer's Corner on Pine Street in White River Junction, VT

FAQs: See FAQ's page regarding foul weather, make-up classes and other issues.

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: See FAQ's page. Students will be asked to bring a thick yoga mat to each class.

COST: $180 (includes spoons) in advance by check (please speak with me if you need a payment plan for class). Please postmark check no later than January 3 to: Gina Capossela, 2090 Moore Road, South Royalton, VT 05068. Please note that we cannot offer refunds, discounts for missed classes (although we encourage make-ups at other locations), transfers of registration/credit to other students, or refunds due to weather rescheduling.

OTHER QUESTIONS: Don't hesitate to email me with any other questions at info@ginadances.com or call me 802-282-2149. If I'm not available to take your call, please let me when and where is a good time to reach you.