Introducing “Modern Turkish Oryantal” by Amina Beres

Learn more about this Spring Spectacular 2023 Workshop -
Sunday, March 26: 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Learn more about the workshop, what will you learn, what will you take away. Hear from Amina Beres about the importance of learning this dance style.

An Interview with Amina Beres

Watch Amina's video about the workshop

"Merhaba ve Hosgeldeniz (hello and welcome) everyone. Amina Beres here. I'm real excited to be teaching this coming March a Turkish Oryantal workshop for the Guild weekend. I'm really looking forward to it."

Now why did I choose this topic?
Mainly, there is a huge misconception about what Turkish Oryantal dance is and what it isn't.

Why did I pick Turkish Oryantal as a topic, what makes this important?
No matter what level of dancer you are, it's important you are a well-rounded dancer. And that means you need to be fluent in the basics of all the different styles that are out there.
The inspiration, as always for me, comes from my dance students and from the dancers of Dans Askina; why should we have all the fun with Turkish Oryantal? Come on to the workshop and find out, see you there!"

What are you going to learn in my Turkish Oryantal?
Just besides new moves, you will learn how to Turkish-style moves you already know.
The 3 takeaways you're going to have from my Turkish Oryantal workshop is:
1. Not all Turkish Oryantal music is dancing to Tarkan's pop music;
2. Not all Turkish Oryantal is performed to 9/8 time signature;
3. Turkish Oryantal has maintained its original roots in Turkish Romani, Turkish Folk, and Turkish Ciftetelli; however, it's also managed to stay modern.
Come on and find out!

Some of the things you are going to learn in this Turkish workshop, besides some new moves, and hearing some new music, and new stylings on moves you already know; what you're also going to learn is where the Turkish moves have come from - now how exciting is that! It's maintained roots in Oryantal from 3 different sources spanning over 800-900 years, so that's pretty cool.

How do I want you to use this workshop?
Once you're done, take the choreography, play with it, perform it, tweak it, make it your own, get it out there and have some fun with it. Thanks!

Workshop Description

Enduluste Ilk Buse - A Turkish Oryantal Choreography, a fast-paced modern Turkish Oryantal

Intermediate/Advanced workshop. Amina recommends this class is truly for experienced, advanced dancers.

You will learn: Choreography to music composed for Turkish dancer Asena. The music is available on Amazon and iTunes.

Instructor Experience: I have studied, taught, and performed Turkish Oryantal dance since 2007 in Istanbul, multiple metro-area community education programs, and in Crete.

More information at:

Swishing Skirts to 9/8 music is not turkish oryantal dance

Registration is open! Four SPECTACULAR! workshops

  • Tay Zavala – Saturday, March 25: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, Capturing Your Audience
  • Vanessa of Cairo – Saturday, March 25: 12:30 -2:30 pm, Turns, Transitions & Traveling Steps
  • Cassandra Shore – Sunday, March 26: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm, Spectacular Shimmy Slam
  • Amina Beres – Sunday, March 26: 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Modern Turkish Oryantal Choreography

Register on the Shop page. You'll need to log in as an active Guild member to view the registration buttons.
Class size is limited to ensure participants have a fantastic experience!?
Cost of each two-hour workshop is $30 (plus the PayPal fee). This includes in-person attendance plus access to a recording that can be viewed for a limited time (it will not be downloadable).

REGISTER FOR ALL FOUR and you’ll have a chance to win!! If you register for all four workshops, your name will be entered in a drawing to win a free Guild membership renewal!!
You must be a Guild member to register. Annual dues are $28.

What to bring: water bottle, notebook and pen
What to wear: Dancewear. The studio has a lovely wooden floor; so plan to leave any outdoor footwear at the door.
When to arrive: 15 minutes before class begins. If there is bad weather: Check the Guild Facebook page for updates if the weather is a factor. When you arrive, we will ask you to complete a photo and liability release.

Workshop location: Jawaahir Studio, 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN.
GPS and Parking address: 3035 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis, MN

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