Traditional Folk Dances

Traditional folk-dances of Bursa have a vivid andrhythmic structure. It is played by two or more personsin the form of “greeting and a ring”. It is a teamdance by nature. There are no hand or arm connectionsin regional dances. In general, there arebells or spoons at hand.Folk dances of Bursa locality composed of refugeescoming from localities, the folk-dances alsoshow diversities. Its main dances in addition to theTraditional Turkmen dances are “Güvende”, “Sekme”,“Çiftetelli”, “Köro¤lu”, “Artvin Horons”,“Rumeli Horons” and “Sword-Shield”. Turkmendances of Uluda¤ locality have a seven-centurypast. The dance named “Fas›l” consists of twoparts. There is music in the first part and folkloricdance in the second. Dances are played in generalin the company of instruments including drum,“kudüm”, copper and spoon. (See Hülya Tafl, BursaFolklore).The copper pans, used as percussion instruments bywomen in wedding showers, are called ‘bak›r’ (literally’copper’) as well as ‘women’s instrument’. Someof the other instruments used in Bursa folk musicare as follows: tambourine, rattle, spoon, differentsizes of baglamas, duduk, clarinet, accordion,bagpipe, shepherd’s pipe.Different folk dances are performed with differentfolk songs such as “O¤lan Ad›n ‹smail”, “UsulUsul” ve “K›y›dan” in “Güvende” genre, “Aflal›mAflal›m”, “Merdivenim K›rkayak” in “Sekme” genre,and “Bursa’n›n Ufak Tefek Tafllar›”, “MenekflesiTutam Tutam” sung in straight dances. The folkdances from the Rumeli region such as Paydos,Çiftçi, Köçekçe, Karada¤ are also performed