4th day of our tour trip
As always, click on any image for larger view.
|First belly dancers. Or were they hip dancers?|
Twelve of the 14 members of our tour group opted to attend Turkish Night. The other couple wanted to go shopping because they had not seen a shopping mall in about 2 years and there was one right across the highway from our hotel. None of us knew what to expect at Turkish Night except that there would be a very brief demonstration of the Whirling Dervishes. We had to see that.
I have already explained the Whirling Dervishes in a prior posting, so I won't go into all those details again. The exhibition that we saw this night lasted only about 15 minutes. A real Whirling Dervish ceremony usually lasted far longer, sometimes hours; and the Dervishes appear to go into a trance, although the devotees claim the trance is simply rumor. The demonstration we saw was exactly as described in my prior post.
|2 tables of our group|
The lights were dimmed to darkness and the Dervishes entered;did their performance; and exited. Out of respect to them, no alcohol or food was served during the performance. Then the lights were brought back up and the Dervishes re-entered. They twirled a few times for photo opportunities; then exited again. Turns out that these same young men were the dancers in the rest of the dances we would see that evening.
|One of the men's dances|
The first dances were performed by men. Lots of footwork. Much later in the evening these same men performed a most impressive dance with extremely high jumps. Heck, bet even our best professional basketball players wish they could jump even half that high!
|Knife thrower -- from his teeth.|
This guy on the left did a slightly different type of performance. He did not actually dance this time; instead, he placed a 14-inch large knife balanced with the tip on his lower front teeth and the side of the blade against his nose. Then he flipped his head in such a manner that the knife would flip over and over, landing upright with the tip stuck into a large piece of wood placed on the floor several feet in front of him. How he accomplished this without cutting his nose escapes me. I've never seen anyone do that.
Only once did the knife not land tip down into the wooden block. That once it went flying across the center of the room, stopping well short of hitting anyone in the audience seated at the tables. Good darn thing that there wasn't a waiter walking by at just that moment. But I guess they have done this enough times that all the waiters know to stay well clear. Guess it was really a darn good thing that a customer didn't decide to go to the restroom right that moment.
|Headless guy dancing for tips|
|Getting his money from Bill|
|Selma teaching Tony to dance|
|Selma with her wings|
The last 2 dances of the evening were performed by Selma the belly dancer. She was one of the better belly dancers I have seen. She arrived with a costume having big silver panels of fabric that attached to wrists and fanned out like wings as she danced. Those were soon removed and she then danced a short while before bringing up 3 members of the audience to dance with her. One of the people she selected was a member of our group, Tony. He was a very good sport about it. Good selection on her part.
There was one German gentlemen who really got into it. She had to tame him down a bit. He was having a great time. I have included a video of him below, along with videos of several of the dances.
|Mark and Dorothy Hazlett from Hawaii|
|Tony and Elaine from UK|
Here are a few photos of some of the couples in our group that evening.
|Dennis and Janet Knight from UK|
|Archie and Liz from Scotland|
The way videos are uploaded to this site it is impossible now for me to give each video a label or title. But be sure and click through until you find the ones of Selma. The last one should be the best.