Folk dancing (folklor) is an integral part of
the Kurdish cultural tradition and is performed
by everyone at all ages and genders.
Generally speaking the Kurdish people love
music, poetry and dancing. Many Kurdish
regions, cities and villages have their own
dances. Romance and heroism are usually
the theme of dances or folk legends. The
dances are usually performed with a type of
flute (zurnah) and drum (dohol).
The dances represent a tremendous spectrum
of human expression that can be studied
in a number of ways and for a number of
reasons. They represent and tell a story of
the various emotions, tensions and joys of
the Kurdish way of life.
They provide an extremely joyful visual art
both for the performer and participant. Folk
dancing has been a cornerstone of the cultural
activities provided at the KCC for years
now and it will continue to do so. Along
with being fun to learn it also provides an
opportunity for social interaction and meeting
and making new friends in a very informal
warm atmosphere. Once they have
attained a certain level of experience the
KCC supports and encourages its folk dancing
groups to participate in competitions,
which are organised both in the United
Kingdom and on a Europe wide basis. As
well as to perform in shows and festivals in
the UK. Furthermore the KCC also sponsors
its dancers to attend training sessions in
Germany where the opportunity arises,
where they attend folk dancing camps and
train with experts on both the theory and
practice of folk dancing.
This years training session to Germany took
place between the 21st of December 2005 to
the 31st of December 2005 to, which the
KCC sponsored 10 participants.
Other than at the scheduled times listed
above the KCC has also expanded its classes
to outside its premises. To that end, an
instructor from the KCC also teaches folk
dancing to a mixed group of 18 young adults
in the nearby Sir Gorge Monocks College.
The KCC is currently liaising with other
nearby schools and colleges in order to
expanded this service. This has been a growing
need due to the fact that there are many
members of the community who cannot
attend the KCC for various reasons.