Bahri Gürcan, former head ballet dancer of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet (ADOB), now trains dancers in North Macedonia, Daily Sabah reports.
“I came here to represent Turkish ballet,” he said. “It’s really good that an artist from the Turkish ballet comes to teach at the State Ballet of North Macedonia.”
Gürcan participated in the jury of a ballet competition in North Macedonia on November 20, which brought together 120 dancers from all over the world in competition. The two young Turkish ballet dancers won first and second place in the competition.
Gürcan now gives masterclasses to artists from the North Macedonian State Ballet, hoping to increase “artistic cooperation between the two countries.”
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According to world dance center, Gürcan graduated from the Main Ballet Art Branch of Hacettepe University State Conservatory in 1990 with an honors degree. The same year, he began to work in Paris at the invitation of the “Jeune Ballet de France”. He danced in 300 performances in many cities and toured the Far East with the “Jeune Ballet de France” for four months. He has danced in many masterpieces such as Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Napoli, Grand pas Classic and Ober in many countries viz; China, Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand. He was twice invited to the “Festival de Ballet de La Bolle” in France. In 1993, he joined the Ankara State Opera and Ballet and started performing as a principal ballet dancer. He had the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers both nationally and internationally.
Bahri Gürcan successfully represented Turkey and performed in shows in countries such as Portugal, Hong Kong, Germany, England, France, Croatia, Belgium, Spain and Russia. More recently, he won the “Grand Prix 1er Prix” with Özge Başaran in a ballet competition held in Russia.