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I'm so excited to announce that Ahmet Luleci will be coming to Portland, Oregon to teach a weekend full of Turkish folkloric dance and culture!










SATURDAY -- 10-11am -- "Lecture"  Ahmet will talk about the difference in 9/8 rhythms, dance styles, culture and dress of both Romani and Karsilima Turkish dance styles. 

SATURDAY -- 11am-1pm --  "Turkish Romani" 

SATURDAY -- 2pm-4pm -- "Turkish Karsilima"

SATURDAY -- 8pm-10pm -- Evening show featuring Ahmet Luleci!!!

SUNDAY -- 10am-11am -- "Lecture" Ahmet will talk about the costumes, dances, music and culture of the 7 regions of Folkloric dance in Turkey,

SUNDAY -- 11am-1pm -- "Black Sea Regional Dances"

SUNDAY -- 2pm-4pm -- "Ahmets Choice!" Ahmet will share some his favorite community dances with us!




* no refunds, no exchanges*



For early bird pricing, payments must be made in full by July 30th, 2018

Includes all lectures, workshops and show - EARLY-BIRD -  $295

After July 30th, 2018 - $349





Includes Saturday lecture and two workshops - EARLY-BIRD - $165

After July 30th, 2018 - $185




Includes Sunday lecture and two workshops EARLY-BIRD - $165
After July 30th, 2018 - $185





$25 Advance

$30 Door



All workshops, lectures and show will be held at

New Expressive Works Studio

810 SE Belmont St

Portland, OR 97214












About Ahmet

A native of Turkey, Ahmet is an accomplished choreographer, dance teacher and performer as well as a researcher of Anatolian culture. He is currently the artistic director of the Boston based Collage Dance Ensemble, which allows him to further his goal of making folk dance and music accessible to a wider audience.

He is the winner of Crash Art's " Dance Straight Up! 2004 and 2006", " Ten's the limit 2005" and Boston Dance Umbrella's " Boston Moves 2001" awards for choreography. His choreography set for Budlet dance company won the Gold medal at "Hong Kong open Dance Competition 2004". He was also recently presented with the 2002 Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts & Humanities by ATAA (the Assembly of Turkish American Associations. His company Collage has won the fifth place at the world dance competition in year 2003.

Since arriving in North America in 1985, he has taught many workshops and camps throughout the United States as well as Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Holland, England, Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Norway, Italy, Spain and Australia. He has set innumerable suites of dances for the stage working with dance organizations around the world.

From 1974 to 1985, he taught in several excellent ensembles in Ankara, Istanbul, Eskisehir and Bursa. For nearly five years prior to his departure for north America in 1985, Ahmet also served as Director of Dances for HOY-TUR, long considered Turkey's leading folkdance association. Since the age of eight he has danced with numerous school ensembles and private associations, many of which won outstanding awards in city-wide and National-International competitions. Between 1973 and 2003 he participated in International dance festivals and competitions throughout western and eastern Europe. In edition, him and his ensembles appeared in more than 60 programs broadcast nationally in countries such as Turkey, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, USA, Canada, Brazil and Germany.

His college major was music, specializing in voice. Just as his love of folksongs guided him toward academic study of music, Ahmet's fascination with dance led him to conduct scholarly research into the historical, social and cultural background of the costumes and spoon dances from Turkey's Mediterranean coast. His efforts resulted in an exhaustive, 400 page study for which he was awarded First Place in the 1985 national competition in research on the folkdances of Turkey by the Turkish ministry of Youth, Sports, and Education. In 1997 Ahmet completed a second degree in Fine Arts.

He is an adjudicator at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod held yearly in Wales.

He is currently the Artistic Director of Collage Dance Ensemble and served as an International Art Director of "Outside the Box" International Arts Festival in 2015, takes place in Boston.

Ahmet Luleci in Portland, Oregon!

September 29th-30th, 2018

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