Turkish Romani Dance Technique
Learn the beautiful art of Turkish Romani dance.
5 hours | 5 classes
Expand your dance horizons by learning the beautiful art of Turkish Romani dancing at the Iana Dance Club. This course includes five hours of detailed explanations and drills, from very basic to advanced combos! Explore basic technique, steps and arm gestures, combinations that you can use right away in your dance, as well as cultural and historical references to help you really understand Turkish Romani dance.
Over 5 hours of fun, step-by-step instructions
Basic techniques, steps and arm gestures
Combinations you can use right away in your dance
Cultural and historical references to help really understand Turkish Romani dance
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CLASS 1 - 55 MINS
The class is designed to introduce Turkish Roma dance technique in a clear and safe manner. Iana provides a detailed explanation of the basic belly movement. The class helps students to establish a solid technique foundation before moving to more complicated combinations.
Structure of the class: a brief lecture on the Turkish Roma music rhythm; explanation and drill of basic belly movement; different variations of the belly movement; cool down.
CLASS 2 - 65 MIN
The class focuses on two main steps of Turkish Roma dancing, their variations and simple combinations.
Structure of the class: warm-up and brief review of the basic belly move from Class 1; explanation and drill of two new steps; different variations of steps and layering the belly movement on top of steps; cool down.
CLASS 3 - 57 MIN
In Class 3 of this series you will practice some traveling steps of Turkish Roma dance style. Class combines both new steps and variations of steps from Class 2.
Structure of the class: warm-up; traveling variations of steps from Class 2; new steps; cool down.
CLASS 4 - 55 MIN
Class 4 is designed for intermediate/advanced dancers of Turkish Roma style. It combines all movements and steps from previous three classes, and shows different combinations with these steps.
Structure of the class: warm up, 6 combinations, cool down.
CLASS 5 - 54 MIN
Class 5 is the most advanced class of the series of Turkish Roma Dance Technique. It focuses on arms position and most common arm gestures used in Turkish Roma style. Iana explains some of the popular gestures, their possible meanings and most beneficial use in dancing/combinations.
Structure of the class: warm-up, review of the common arm positions; 5 combinations with different arm gestures; cool down.
I would highly recommend this concise but comprehensive course on Turkish Roma dance! Iana not only goes over the basic steps, but also explores variations of these moves and puts them into practice with several different combination drills.
I was able to learn many of the nuances that define this form of dance after practicing the combinations in this course. I also feel that I hold a better understanding of the music and feel more confident about creating my own Turkish Romani style combos and choreographies!
Meet your instructor
Iana Komarnytska is an award-winning dancer and choreographer, specializing in Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance styles. Her multiple awards include Cairo by Cyprus 2015, Star Bellydancer Canada 2014, Spark Dance Competition (Canada, 2012); Belly Dance Championship Bastet (Ukraine, 2009), and many others. Over the last few years Iana has taught and performed in dozens of countries including Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ukraine, USA, Cyprus, Hungary and others. Iana is a graduate from professional dance program of York University, as well as the first dancer and choreographer who started using Triple Isis wings, and since 2012 it is one of her style signatures. She is the author and producer of several training video courses, host of the Belly Dance Life Podcast, lead dancer of the Blue Dot Ensemble, and an active blogger and participant of the international belly dance community.
I have been a member of the Iana Dance Club since it first began two years ago. As time flies by, I continue to learn and improve. Whether it is the beautiful sights of new drills in the exciting locations, or top guest instructors sharing their valuable tips, or relevant intensives on important subjects, or the warmth of this dance club community, I continue to find great value in taking part in the Iana Dance Club.