“Everything in dance is poetry. Every movement describes a story, a feeling. The dancer takes the audience into a world of fairy tales.” ~Farima Berenji
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Azerbaijani Dance Intensive and Tour
October 30 - November 5
Farima Berenji together with Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş are excited to announce a master Azerbaijani dance intensive and tour in Izmir, Turkey. Azerbaijani dance technique and choreography for men and women will be taught by master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş accompanied by Farima Berenji and other guest instructors from the Izmir conservatory.
The conservatory will only take a limited number of guest students.
Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş was born into the Kafkas (Caucasian) culture in Kars, Turkey, where he performed the dance and music of the area since childhood. His eventual mentors included top teachers of Azerbaijani, Northern Caucasian, Georgian, Daghestani and Russian dances and he has performed with some of the top dancers of the state companies of these areas. During his study of dance at San Francisco State University, he was the founding director of the renowned Kafkaz Folk Song and Dance Ensemble in San Francisco, CA from 1986-1996.
He went on to become the Director of the Dance Department at Ege University’s State Turkish Music Conservatory in Izmir, a post from which he retired after 22 years, in the spring of 2018.
As a leading expert in the traditional dances of Azerbaijan he has conducted extensive field research in remote villages interviewing older dancers as well as interviewing founding members of the Azerbaijan State Ensemble. His work was officially sponsored by the Turkish government
Gürbüz Aktaş holds a BA, MA ,and is a Full Professor PhD in Ethnochoreology.
Deadline to register is September 10! Use the contact form below to request details and register