Ep 12. Mr. Ozgen: Turkish Dance on a Big Stage

Iana Dance Podcast

belly dance podcast

Today Iana talks to Mr. Ozgen, an internationally successful Turkish belly dancer who travels all around the world teaching, performing and putting together full-length productions in different countries.

Ozgen shares insights into being a part of the Fire of Anatolia dance company in Istanbul (later renamed to Sultans of the Dance), and what it meant to dance from 10 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening at least five days per week (and sometimes all seven...). He also talks about his transition into a solo dance career, and how he found his artistic voice, combining strong stage presence, passion for different dance styles with storytelling via movement, and Turkish folklore traditions.

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