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Folk Dances

When HASDER association was established in 1977 it's activities involved only folk dances. At that time, the folk dances practiced in Northern Cyprus used to be the mainland Turkish Folk Dances and no Cypriot folk dances were practiced by folk dance groups. HASDER research teams became active in this period and toured Turkish Cypriot villages and recorded and documented many forgotten Cypriot folk dances, in addition to spreading these Cypriot folk dances in the Turkish Cypriot community. At the time, there was lots of pressure on HASDER and HASDER members were treated as "traitors" by some people. This pressure didn't stop HASDER members from continuing their efforts to find the "forgotten" Cypriot folk dances. With the widespread support of the Turkish Cypriot community these "forgotten" folk dances spread quickly through the community and became accepted as our national and traditional folk dances.

As a non-governmental organization, HASDER became interested in other aspects of community as time progressed. Some examples of these are environment, education and consumer rights. Regardless of other activities and interests, folk dances have always been taken very seriously by HASDER and successful folk dance groups have been trained by HASDER at all times.



These folk dance groups that performed at various national and international competitions and festivals have been continuing their training of new generations through the lifetime of HASDER in a disciplined and successful fashion.


Children Folk Dancers

Trainer: Akın Eylen



There are 3 groupds of Children Folk dancers in the ages between 7-11 and they practice once per week. The practices are saturdays between 10.00-16.00 hours and the children are trained in Cypriot folk dances and standing and move skills useful at performances.


Teenager Folk Dancers

Trainer:     Handan Nebih, Tarık Emiroğlu, Ahmet Soygazi, Hasan Çağlıoğlu,
            Birgül Arkut, Akile Soygazi.



Teenagers of ages 12 to 17 form two folk dance groups and they also practice one per week. The practice for those aged between 12 and 14 is Tuesdays 18.30-20.30 hours and the practice for those aged between 15 and 17 is Fridays 18.30-20.30 hours. At these practices, the teenagers learn Cypriot folk dances and various standing and move skills useful at performances.


Adult Folk Dancers

Trainer: Yeşim Binici



This group is made up of those older than 18 and the practices are THursdays at 19.00-21.00 hours. Some of the dancers are already trained in folk dancing and they practice diffrent and new styles and some of the dancers get trained first time in folk dances.

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