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The Art of Turkish Belly Dancing (Private)

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Learn the art of Belly Dancing in mystical Turkey.

People across the world have been mesmerized by the beautiful art of belly dancing. Some consider its origins to be in Turkey, others believe it all started in Egypt or India.

Surprisingly, this unique dance comes from all three of these countries. As one of the most ancient dance forms, you could say that belly dancing is Egyptian, ancient Orient, Arabic or Middle Eastern as it has been cultivated for centuries by these different regions.

Some historical accounts claim traditional belly dancing began in fertility rituals and goddess worshipping ceremonies as performed by women to improve fertility and agility in childbirth.

Belly dancing was also widely performed during the Ottoman Empire. In the imperial harems, women used to dance for sultanas as well as sultans.

In America, it is believed belly dancing was introduced at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where a dancer known by the stage name "Little Egypt" gave the first performance of Middle Eastern belly dancing to Americans.

It is said that the term "belly dance" comes from a French word "danse du ventre," meaning "dance of the stomach." It is called "cifte telli" in Greece and "raks sharki" in Egypt. And in Turkey, belly dance is either referred to as "rakkas" or "göbek dansı," the latter a literal translation of belly dance in English.

In short, there is no correct term for the belly dance, which has evolved and changed over thousands of years.

Join us and immerse in the beautiful art of the belly dance.

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Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

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Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

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What You Will Learn/Do

Belly Dance classes

Cooking Class

A traditional rug workshop with local female artisans

Pottery workshop

Spice immersion

Sufism overview

Why This Program Is Unique

A unique combination of the belly dancing theme and an immersive understanding of the country’s long history, which traces back to 12,000 BC, depicting a diverse culture and natural history as well as the opportunity of interaction with locals known for their hospitalities.

How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Job creation and supports the arts.

Allows opportunities for economic and educational growth

Allows the chance of preserving and protecting cultures which broadens understanding.

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4 nights hotel accommodation at Pera Palace Hotel www.perapalace.com in Istanbul or similar 3 nights hotel accommodation at Elika Cave Suites Hotel www.elikacavesuites.com in Cappadocia or similar 7 breakfasts 1 home made lunch during cooking class in Cappadocia on Day 6 Services of professional English speaking expert throughout 2 way domestic flights, economy class : Istanbul/Cappadocia Day 5 &Cappadocia/Istanbul Day 8 All transportation by deluxe a/c vehicles with drivers All Airport Transfers in Istanbul and Cappadocia by deluxe a/c vehicles All admission fees to the sights and museums per itinerary Morning Belly dance classes in Istanbul and Cappadocia on Days 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 Belly dance certificate Rental of private boat for the cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul on Day 4 Turkish bath service on Day 4 Whirling Dervish Ceremony tickets in Cappadocia on Day 7 Bottled water on the vehicles Luggage handling at the hotels Welcome packages including wet napkins, maps, bookmarks and postcards

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