FolkTours

Welcome to Folk Tours

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Folk Tours offers educational and entertaining music and dance events in the United States and in Turkey.Our goal is to use music and dance to build bridges between cultures. We want to educate, enlighten and inspire students of all ages, genders, creeds and ethnic backgrounds. We also provide tours of Turkey with a special emphasis on seeing the sights, learning the history and experiencing the culture.

Folktours 2011 Dance and Music Camp Belldance Performance

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Tayyar Akdeniz

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Director - Choreographer Performer Musician Teacher Promoter

 Tayyar Akdeniz founded and owns M.E.D. Folk Tours, Inc., and is now devoting his time between Turkey and the United States. He is looking forward to sharing his love of dance and music and his knowledge of Middle Tayyar AkdenizEastern culture through many dance and music events both in the USA and Turkey.

 Tayyar Akdeniz was born in Kars, Turkey. He was raised in Ankara where he began performing as a child.He was influenced greatly and learned many dance and music styles from the Romany (Gypsy) population in his neighborhood in Ankara.He worked and toured with many Turkish dance ensembles throughout his childhood and adolescence and started teaching professionally at the age of 16. Tayyar learned, performed and taught hundreds of Turkish folk dances for National folk dance associations in Turkey. He toured extensively throughout the world with the prestigious Turkish State Folk Dance Ensemble and with other dance troupes.

He has performed on the stages of Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, Mexico, Albania, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus and throughout the United States. He has learned dances from such well known masters as Duygu Aykal, Sonya Aslan, Gul Oya Arioba and Atlan Tekin. Tayyar has shared the stage with many very distinguished artists, musicians and singers, including Zeki Muren, Nida Tufekci, Arif Sag, Muhlis Akarsu, Izzet Altinmese, Ozay Gonlum, Belkis Akkale, Ajda Pekkan and Ibrahim Tatlises.

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Camper Performances

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ONCE AGAIN! CAMPER PRE-SHOW PRACTICE SHOWCASE -- Sat & Sunday-- 8:30- 9:30 pm- to participate see details In order to include more performance pr...

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Dance Classes

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DALIA CARELLA

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Teacher Performances

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All our enormously talented instructors will also be performing along with specially invited guests. One night will be Turkish focused and the other will ...

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SONER CICEK

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SEMA YILDIZ

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FAHTIEM

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DARSHAN

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HAIG MANOUKIAN

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