Ballet dancer

Turkish ballet dancer trains North Macedonian dancers

SKOPJE

A former Turkish ballet dancer from the Ankara State Opera and Ballet (ADOB) trains dancers in North Macedonia.

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Bahri Gürcan said he established a dance school in Turkey’s capital Ankara in 2007 and discovered talented children. Her decision to open a school came after years of dancing abroad.

But Gürcan is now in North Macedonia to improve his international career as a dance teacher.

“I came here to represent Turkish ballet. It is really good that an artist from the Turkish ballet comes to teach at the State Ballet of North Macedonia. Previously, I gave lectures in France and in various countries,” he said.

Gürcan said he participated in a ballet competition in North Macedonia as a member of the jury on November 20. There were 120 dancers from all over the world competing, as well as two dancers from Turkey.

He recently started giving “master class” lessons to the artists of the State Ballet of North Macedonia.

Gürcan stressed that the Turkish ballet is trying to create its own school, and those responsible are doing very serious work in this direction.

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“I think a dancer from the Turkish school will come and teach in North Macedonia. It will make a great contribution to themselves as well,’ he said.

Gürcan said there were six opera houses and six dance companies in Turkey.

“There are different conservatories and different private schools. There is also a great interest in ballet in Turkey. After all, dance is an art form that is part of the culture of all societies. The ballet sits on top of that. As it is a universal art, it contributes to the culture and music of our country. With serious studies in our country, the art of ballet has reached a significant point. Now is the time to open up to the world,” he said.

Turkish dancers took first and second place

The two young Turkish ballet dancers won first and second place in the November 20 competition in Skopje.

Nilay Tahiroğlu was ranked first in the International Dance Competition (2021 stage).

” Everything is fine. We came here to compete. I came first. I’m happy, it was a good competition,” Tahiroğlu said, adding that she had been doing ballet for nine years.

Finalist Beril Ada Özdemir said she had been interested in ballet for seven years. “It’s very nice for me to come here. It’s an honor for me to work with Professor Bahri. I’m very happy to have won the second medal of this competition,” she said.