TURKISH BELLY DANCE
Turkish belly dance is referred to in Turkey as Oryantal Dans,
or simply 'Oryantal'. The Turkish style of bellydance is lively
and playful, with a greater outward projection of energy than
the more contained Egyptian style.
Turkish dancers are known for their energetic, athletic (even gymnastic) style,
and their adept use of finger cymbals, also known as zils.
Connoisseurs of Turkish dance often say a dancer who
cannot play the zils is not an accomplished dancer. Floorwork,
which has been banned in Egypt since the mid-20th century,
is still an important part of Turkish bellydance.
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Another distinguishing element of Turkish style is the use of a
9/8 rhythm, counted as 12-34-56-789, often referred to as
Karsilama rhythm. Karşilama, in Turkish dance, is not a rhythm
but a folkdance performed in a line, where as a 9/8 (dokuz sekiz)
rhythm defines the count of the rhythm and is used both karşilama
and Roman havasi.
Many professional dancers and musicians in Turkey continue to
be of Romani heritage, and the Roma people of Turkey have
had a strong influence on the Turkish style
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