What is Turkish Belly Dance?

By Vintagemode - April 22, 2020



Turkish Belly Dance is also known as rackass.

The movements in Turkish Belly dance are higher, faster and lighter than other counterparts. Movements have a strong accent in Turkish Belly dances. The hip movements are prominent. Hip lifts are common rather than hip drops. Movements associated with hair and hands that complement the moves are bold and predominant. The spins and kicks appear as edgy moves.

These dancers flamboyantly do the floorwork. It spices up the performance. Due to the strong accents of the music, the dancers take leaps and cover as much area they can. Two famous Turkish dance moves are the Turkish backbend and the Turkish drop. Belly rolls are much seen in this form.

Turkish belly dance music is composed using the sounds of the oboe, clarinet, oud, ney, kanoon, finger cymbals and hand drums. One discerning quality of the Turkish music is the use of the Karsilama rhythm in a 9/8 time signature, counted as 12-34-56-789. Zills also known as finger cymbals are played by the Turkish belly dancers.

 Hips and shoulder fluid movements are complemented by some hops and jumps to add life to the performance and make it one unique belly dance routine.

The professional Turkish dancers are known for their energetic and flexible style. They have mastered the skill to incorporate zills aka finger cymbals in their performance over the years. It has become an unsaid thing that a dancer without the knowledge of zils is not an accomplished Turkish belly dancer.

Two particular moves are associated with the Turkish style:

1. Turkish backbend: sit on your knees. Bend your back till a point when you lie between the lower half of your legs that touches the groundTry and balance some swords or candles and other props to make the whole performance look aesthetic.





2. Turkish drop: This appears to be very elegant but puts a lot of stress on the knees. A Turkish drop consists of spinning and dropping abruptly into some position. It might be a little harsh and cause knee pain. Another form of the Turkish drop takes one from a 90-degree backbend to the floor. This is a pretty dangerous move. Anyone who even has the slightest discomfort sitting on the floor between their feet is warned and refrained from doing such a step. It can cause serious injury.


Turkish dance costumes are among the once similar to cabaret styles, it showcases plenty of leg and cleavage. Beads and coins decorate the ensemble. The costumes reveal a large part of the skin. The belt is worn high up the waist, there are split skirts that put the entire leg on display. There has been a trend where Turkish belly dancers are dressing up more like Egyptianbelly dancers and wearing mermaid style skirts. High heels or platform shoes are the ones preferred by the dancers to put their performance out into the limelight.

Eva Cernik, Tulay Karaca and Birgul Beray are famous flag bearers of the Turkish belly dance.

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