The Turks love to dance, and they have beautiful music to dance to. Here are some Turkish folk dances that we do with the Phoenix International Folk Dancers.
I used to teach Ali Paşa to my fifth graders:
Kirmizi Biber (means hot pepper):
Kendime (kids hear “Candy Man”):
Turkish hora, a variation on the Israeli hora:
Turkish Kiss actually originated in Israel:
There are other Turkish dances that we do at PIFD, but I couldn’t find good quality videos of them; but here are some other Turkish dances that I’ve never done.
I feel like our group has done a dance by the name of Şemmamê, but I don’t remember these steps. Apparently there are multiple variations. This is a Kurdish dance:
Arabim Fellahi (My Arabic Farmer) features stomping and a little shoulder shimmy:
Bariş Halay has some interesting jump bounces and knee circles: