We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the wonderful Ozgen at Celebrating Dance 26-28th October 2018 Renowned and acclaimed worldwide, Ozgen is the ultimate master of the dramatic and passionate Turkish Roman, Turkish Oriental, Turkish court and Halay dance and he will be teaching his signature workshops in each of these styles. Ozgen has performed, taught, choreographed and directed internationally for over 15 years, including presenting a number of acclaimed theatrical productions in the UK. In Istanbul he starred in Night of the Sultans, a unique Turkish extravaganza combining contemporary, ballet and oriental dance.

Ozgen taught for several years at the ‘Night of the Sultans’ show in Istanbul & is now based in London, teaching and performing traditional, oriental and contemporary Turkish dance which he also combines with flamenco and tango to create exciting visual and dynamic images. He is now also a popular regular at the annual Rakkas Istanbul festival. Ozgen iş well known and loved for his informative and encouraging teaching style, explaining the culture behind the gestures, movements and postures of the dances he teaches. Through years of attending class himself as a professional dancer he has developed an innate ability to explain moves and build up complex choreographies from simple basic steps. Dancers who take his workshops always enjoy extending their footwork repertoire, and Ozgen’s warm and inclusive personality creates a space where dancers of all abilities learn to explore and extend their emotional understanding of the dance.

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Ozgen will be teaching the following workshops:


  • WOW Drum Solo! If you like drum solos and you want to “wow” your audience with powerful dance. This is an amazing workshop to learn some hip moves, and jazz it up with Ozgen’s impressive hand and arm movements! Total Show-off style!
  • ‘Sassy’ Pop Dance. Join Ozgen to learn a sassy, energetic pop style dance including traditional and drum solo elements. Fantastic song by Sezen Aksu, called Salla (Rakkas).
  • Turkish Roman Style. Learning to dance to popular Turkish rhythm 9/8 and Turkish Roman Dance, street style like Baladi. Find your inner Gypsy!



Celebrating Dance is an annual dance festival held each October at the Toorak Hotel in Torquay, Devon. It is the only belly dance festival in the UK that is held in a 3 Star hotel and has a strong reputation for its friendly & fun atmosphere, offering quality workshops from international stars and popular UK-based teachers. It was created and run for 16 years by International Teacher & Performer Afra al Kahira & John F Hancock. Although Afra & John remain on the team, from 2017 they have handed over the reins to new Group Organiser Nikki Livermore a well-respected Teacher & Performer.

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