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Fire of Anatolia Turkish Dance Troupe Defies Gravity

Updated on February 14, 2012

The Fire of Anatolia

My brother sent me the video you are about to view shown below. Immediately, their performance inspired so many emotions from the dancers The Fire of Anatolia. First, I wish for you to read this poem and see if you get the gist of what my eyes saw and my ears heard. Can these words express something that prepares you for the explosion of expression in the bodies of many dancing in unison?

The steps look very much like the southern traditional clogging technique.

We admire the amount of training it takes to put together this choreography, like couples skating or acrobats swinging from the high wire. The famous New York City Rockettes chorus line dancers, where practice makes perfect, and the phenomenal applause of the Riverdance shows, that took off across the world to rave sold out audiences flash in my mind.

With a style all their own, do you hear the blending of cultures in the beat of the drums? From Africa, the Middle-East, Russian, Asia, Scotland and Ireland the sounds create an energy that moves the dance troupe. Dressed in black they take turns twirling like dervishes, swirling their black leather skirts with pumping hearts and sweating skin.

Knees become feet, feet become wings, toes bent like steel repartee to the beating drum.


Break-dancing that defies gravity

The dance floor appears flat, firm and concrete

Legs lift swiftly as if off a rebounding trampoline

Russian ballerinas on-point their toes curled under

Turks flying through the air to extreme heights

Moving in strict precision in ~ sync sounds of pure harmony

Gesticulating action clapping their 'hukkah!' suite

Resounding voices resemble Greek bellows

This troupe of men and women

all dressed in black keep the rhythmic beat

A simple melancholic tune subtly plays behind the hammer

'whoop - ho' the tambourines pound the hollow drummers

Stiletto features the legs flex and kick

Stand and twirl, pound and whirl

The audience feels the changing cadence
As dancers rush at high speed across the stage floor

Madonna grab your pose swag that stick out

Peter Pan gaily sings their praises so much more

Rigorous precision pirate-mates enchanting

From every angle the dancers steadily flow in tow

No silver swords swirl in their clutches

Only their dedication to this art the dance celebration



For Aladdin

The call of the wild

wind instrument

sets them in motion

tapping, stomping.

Welcoming the theatre

with bright azule

eyes sparkling.

Here they come

the line dancers

to the whistling tone.

Beating the drum

in the dark light

they run.

I dream of Genie

the costumes so fair.

The number of hours


now boundless.

Faultless aerobics

exercise keeps them trim.

Watching on video

I want to join in.

Not one person

out of step.

Perfect synchronicity

monochromatic scheme.

Faster and faster

they call holding hands.

in line the dancers

do extoll praises.

How the audience enjoys

hoots resplendent.

The stage ablaze

with glitter catches

beating hearts.

In perfect position

they all stood still.



What was your reaction to viewing this dance troupe? I wanted to. . .

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They have the honor to be on wikipedia

The Turkish dance group, lead by Mustafa Erdoğan, consists of 120 dancers in all. The Fire of Anatolia or Anadolu Ateşi has a number of choreographers and technical staff. The staging sets the mood, with a focus on dramatical lighting. Even the lighting in the huge crowd of the audience creates the atmosphere. Having traveled over 85 countries from the USA to China and Japan, we have free tickets through out computer screen and comfortable front row seats. What if we added all the YouTube views to the 20 million who have witnessed and delighted in these performances in person. AWARDS:

  • Guinness world record for fastest dance performance with 241 steps per minute. Were you counting as you watched in amazement?
  • Guinness world record for largest audience of 400 000 people in Ereğli, in the Black Sea Region of the country.

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As I searched for a comparison Clogging Video to show the resemblance of art forms, I stumbled upon this adorable little video of two youngsters. In 2006 they were age 5 and 6 and you can tell they have a lot of talent!

Basically, they illustrate the tapping form, toes and heels. As they advance they will learn all the movements to choreograph more winning performances including all these steps: Brush, Double Toe, Drag, Heel, Rock, Slide, Step, Toe, Break, Click, Hop, Kick, Pivot, Pull, Slur, Stamp, Stomp, Touch, Ball, Bounce, Dig, Flange, Flick, Hit, Point, Skuff, Skuffle, Slip, and Snap


Cotton-Eyed Joe Irish Dance Meets N.C. Clogging

Well, I couldn't resist just one more encore. This creative and inventive pair of cultural dances delights the senses. Although we don't get the professional theatrical production of the Turkish Dance Troupe, we see these young people of the St. Joseph's Irish Dancers and the Sims Country Cloggers in costume working together to harmonize and blend two similar types of dance.

The historical background of clogging explains why the two dance styles blend well together. Clogging developed in the N.C. Appalachian mountains in the mid 1700's where Irish, Scottish, English and Dutch Germans settled and brought their traditional tap folk dancing.

Did Someone Say "ENCORE?!"

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This article is a review of an award-winning Turkish Dance Troupe. The dance troupe "The Fire of Anatolia" has set world records for toe-tapping speed and large sold-out seating performances. Now you can view some theatrical dances via YouTube in the comfort of your home.

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      Nicholas Kordinas 

      4 years ago

      Dear Debby. From what I have read on one of their future shows they will have as one of their themes the Illiad which we all know was written by Homer, as aTurkish historicall and cultural event They will also depict Homer in the same context which is utterly false as well as despicable. Since the Turkish culture does not have much to offer they try to Highjack other peoples' cultures and give them a totally false meaning. Ithank you for your time and please give your readers the truth abot the facts and not just the show itself.

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Elle ~ Did you really enjoy? Hold on to the branch and don't fall off while you're dancing! Hugs, Debby

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      7 years ago from Canada

      Fascinating dancers and a totally different style - thanks for sharing this one! The Turks are wonderful!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Lady_E ~ Isn't it fun to watch a dance performance from another part of the world right on your computer screen or perhaps mobile device? Glad you enjoyed. Blessings, Debby

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      It's interesting to learn / see another dance. There are so many types of dances in the world.

      I enjoyed this. Thanks

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Hello Alastar ~ So nice to see you today! I'm sure you have visited the Highland Games in the NC mountains. When my brother sent me the Turkish Dancers I went wild with excitement and had to share. Millions have seen them live, and I just learned about them. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Debby

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Did someone say encore? Absolutely! Loaded these 4 vids up and then watched em one at a time. Appreciate you bringing this hub to life Debby, its really amazing and a joy to watch these. Have to admit being a little partial to the friendly Irish & N.C. cloggers dance off though. Your poem 'For Alladdin' is an excellent addition as well. Superb Hub!

    • Debby Bruck profile imageAUTHOR

      Debby Bruck 

      7 years ago

      Little darling ~ Shea ~ you are fastest one ever to read my hubs. ((CLAPPING)) Love, Debby

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      shea duane 

      7 years ago from new jersey

      Wow, you're right. gravity seems non-existant! you writing is beautiful also.


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