REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Atatürk and Zeybek Folk Dance

ATATÜRK AND THE ZEYBEK FOLK DANCE

Atatürk appreciated Selim Sırrı Tarcan’s works of choreography on Zeybek dances to create a saloon dancing style and said the following words:

“Selim Sırrı has given a civilised shape to Zeybek dances. This work has been accepted by all of us and has nicely developed enough to take a place in our national and social life. What is more, we can say we have also a proper dance for the Europeans. Zeybek can be danced in every saloon and with a lady partner.