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Every tuesday between 21.00-22.30 at Dansorium Dans Merkezi (starting from 20 October)… Instructor: Senem BALABAN
Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/323013014473362/
-Classes are once a week, for 1,5 hour.
-No partners needed.
-Both women and men can attend.
-Flamenco shoes required after the first month.
-Students can play a part if they wish, at the student performance at the end of the season (june/july)
INFO ABOUT CLASSES
Exercises for hands-arms-body
Exercises for internalizing the rhythm of tangos
-Some classes will be accompanied by live music.
OPORTUNITIES BESIDES CLASSES
-Rhythm class (besides regular lessons) - (palmas, contra tiempo, following the compas etc) - FREE OF CHARGE
-Ability to use the saloons besides classes - FREE OF CHARGE
-Ensemble practice with guitar students of Ilgaz Benekay and Doruk Okuyucu to underrstand how to create a choreography with
musicians - FREE OF CHARGE
Everyone who cares about animals more than they do about people, everyone who says “spend your time/energy to help people not animals”, everyone who cares about earth-plants more than they do about people and animals… If all of these people went into action with their own way of thinking neither humans nor animals, nor plants would be harmed.
So the problem is not what you care about but whether you do something for it, not whom you have pang for but whether you ignore that pang or not. Senem BALABAN
I want tell you about a friend of mine in order to give an example of helpfulness. I won’t tell her name because I know that she will feel embarrassed for what I tell about her. Still I’m sure that she, herself and everybody who knows her will know who I talk about when having read this article.
She’s an immensely beautiful, smart, hard-working, creative, thoughtful, modest, talented, genial, pure minded and wise person. She protects your interest before you do, attaches importance to justice, approaches everybody with empathy, has a good social life, is genuine, natural, likes being intimate with nature, grows plants, tries to keep a tiniest piece of plant keep alive, is a teacher and very good at that, has very strong artistic side, anyway her job is an artistic one, loves looking at different points of view, likes laughing, making laugh, making happy, having fun, amusing, is clean, takes good care of herself, knows that one who has no good for herself, can’t do any good to others. She is like an angel. Of course she has flaws, too but they’re very few and she knows to admit them and to take lessons from them.
This friend’s heart beats for animals since many many years. Cat, dog, bird, spider, dolphin… Every single animal… You know, some people are born to be a singer, some writer, some actor, well, she was born to help animals. It is very obvious, she can’t behave other way, neither she wants to and she accepts this feature of hers and bravely act according to it.
However she’s different than many animal-lovers. Difference of intention… Her purpose is not comforting her conscience. She really wants to help, for this purpose she thinks deeply what she can do best, how she can do it better. She doesn’t act with the feeling of pity, give some food and go on with her life. She doesn’t look at people who are not intersted in animals as enemies and fight with them. She gets animal neutrated, heals the wounded, doesn’t get her house full of animals because there needs to be empty space for wounded animals or animals in recovery, she goes regularly to animal shelters, brings them food and more importantly attention. As I’ve mentioned, she doesn’t fight to people who doesn’t like animals, she tries to understand everybody, because she’s focused to the aim and she knows that she can’t convince anybody by yelling or insulting. Instead, she sets an example and that way she instills animal love. With sympathy, not pressure… She thinks that it’s a progress if someone who doesn’t care about animals begin to pay attention to cats on the road or if someone who has never looked after an animal starts giving food to street animals from time to time.
So this person shows a courageous, loving example of helpfulness for what she cares about by working, thinking about real goodness, exploring what is right, staying calm and strong without damning. She is an example of genuine benevolence and love. When you look at her you can’t keep yourself from asking “Do I do what I do sincerely or do I try to fool myself or others?”
God bless these kind of people! Even if they’re so few they impress a big circle around them.
Respect Is The Main Point…
Such a statement which seems like a cliche, may include a very deep meaning. Besides the great Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet Ran didn’t asked in vain “Just because you respect the apple, must the apple respect you back?” in his poem “Tahir ile Zühre Meselesi*”.
Your faith in your beloved one’s respect of you doesn’t save you from feeling jealous about him or wondering if one day he/she’s going to leave you (because you can never be sure about his/her feelings) but if you really respect him/her, focus on that feeling and try to foster it, all worries become empty. Nevertheless the terms are equal, you, too may also do all those horrible(?!) things to him/her and only respect can show us how nonsense it is to worry about endless probabilities. The main thing is your own feeling of respect which rules everything you live and share together. The rest is details of endless probabilities.
Similarly, the work you put forward may be appreciated and liked very much. You may be loved and regarded because of what you do. Well, do these save you from a skein of worries? Let’s have a look: “Is there somebody better than me (Sorry but “why not?, by the way… Anyway “better” is such a relative qualification), what has she done? has he liked it? So-and-so has said somethin about me. How will I prove myself? etc.” What will save from all these is respect, again. If you do this job with respect, You’d do it even if it did not provided you money/fame/admire. Since you engage with it like a child playing with toys, the appreciation of the others may please you, disparage of the others may sadden, surprise or interest you but ultimately the main point is how you respect that thing you do and how you forget everything around you when you’re being engaged with it.
To respect someone/something means living at the moment, minimizing your ego, maximizing you, being human, respecting yourself, feeling self confident, seeing rugged road as play ground. Yes, being respected is nice, too. It flatters us, makes us feel good but it never gives a full satisfaction as in respecting someone or something. So… To respect is the main point.
*In English: The Issue of Tahir and Zühre.