Folk dances are the expression of feelings, thoughts and enjoyment of the
A tourist joins in the dance during a
folk dance event at Kyrenia Castle
The origin of folk dancing is very old. It may even be said to be related
to shamanist ceremonies and early religious and incantational worship.
Different characteristics may be noticed because of geographical and local
The number of Turkish-Cypriot dances is not definite. There are folk dances such
as the `circle', `semi-circle', `one-lined', and `double-lined'.
Few of these
dances are solely either for men or women, but most are mixed.
Turkish-Cypriot folk dances have many different names. They are named according to
dance style, musicians, dancers, regions, and themes.
The names of some of
the folk dances are `Karşilama', `Kaşikli Oyunlari' (dances with wooden spoons),
sword and shield dance, knife dance, and glass dance.
Some of these dances are solely either for man or woman, whereas others are
for both. Few examples are kozan, ciftetelli, testi, etc.