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Azerbaijani and Kafkaz Dance Workshop, Part 2
June 28, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm$40
In the first part of this series, Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş presented a 2hr session of Azeri dance technique for men and women. By overwhelming request, this additional session to teach traditional Kafkaz dance style has been added before Dr. Aktaş leaves the Bay Area this weekend.
Learn Kafkaz and review Azeri dance styles in this additional 1.5hour dance workshop with master instructor, performer, and leading authority of Azeri dance: Dr. Gürbüz Aktaş.
Dr. Aktaş will teach men’s and women’s dance styling the fast footwork, and some Lezginka. Both men and women may participate in this workshop.
Dr. Aktaş is visiting from Turkey and will be here in the Bay Area only until the end of this week! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a master!
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.