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Experience the World: A Special Turkish Presentation by Bora Ozkok

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Barbara Schoenberger, 970.224.6026,
Jill Mueggenberg, 970.221.6358,
The Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive will host a special presentation on Sunday, March 3 from 6:00-9:00 PM by Bora Ozkok. The evening includes a Turkish dance and dinner. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the City of Fort Collins Recreation facilities.

Bora Özkök, owner of Cultural Folk Tours, is a Berkeley educated architect and world-renowned teacher of Turkish culture, music, folk dance and folklore. He has led tours in Turkey himself for over 30 years. He has authored several books, produced his own folk music albums, playing a variety of instruments, produced several videos on Turkey and is the only director of a major tour operating company who also leads several of his company's tours. He has appeared numerous times on Turkish national television and has given workshops and lectures on four continents and all over the United States. In addition, he is the builder, architect and owner of the Cappadocia Cave Suites hotel.

He brings with him his records, instruments, drums, wooden spoons, woven socks, books of dance notes, and costumes. Be sure to ask him to play the zurna for you -- a real treat!

For more information about the event, call 970-221-6644.


Bora Özkök, Bio
Bora Özkök, owner of Cultural Folk Tours, is a Berkeley educated architect and world-renowned teacher of Turkish culture, music, folk dance and folklore. He has led tours in Turkey himself for over 30 years. He has authored several books, produced his own folk music albums, playing a variety of instruments, produced several videos on Turkey and is the only director of a major tour operating company who also leads several of his company's tours. He has appeared numerous times on Turkish national television and has given workshops and lectures on four continents and all over the United States. In addition, he is the builder, architect and owner of the Cappadocia Cave Suites hotel.

Bora Özkök, whose first name means "strong hurricane wind" in Turkish, was born and grew up on the Mediterranean coast in Adana, Turkey, where his mother was a school teacher and his father a pediatric doctor. His interest in folk dance is rooted in his childhood, when his parents took him to watch, but not participate in, folklore shows. From the age of eleven, Bora attended a private school in İstanbul, where English was the main language. During the eight years he spent there, he was outstanding in his studies and in sports, excelling in swimming, soccer, wrestling, water polo, and ping-pong.

At the age of fifteen, Bora was a member of the Turkish Olympic swim team in the Rome Olympics of 1960. Bora represented Turkey in nine different countries as a member of the national team, breaking many records in the backstroke and freestyle events. One accomplishment was winning the 20-mile Turkish Marathon Swim in 1966 in eight hours (he lost 28 pounds during the event!).

Upon graduation, Bora continued at a private architectural school for a year. Then, in 1965, Bora came to the United States on an athletic scholarship granted by the University of California at Berkeley, where his major was in architecture. At Berkeley, he was an All American in soccer in 1967 and won the Most Valuable Player award for that year. In 1969, Bora was selected as one of the twelve outstanding foreign students in America, chosen from 1,000 Middle-Eastern nominees from 500 universities and colleges in the United States, and the outstanding representative of Turkey. He graduated from Berkeley in 1971 with a Bachelors Degree in Architecture.
Bora is not only an outstanding dancer and inspiring teacher, he is also a talented musician, playing music for the dances he teaches. Adept at using various ethnic musical instruments, he accompanies his teaching by playing the Turkish zurna (horn), tulum (bagpipe), kaval (flute), and davul (drum), as well as the saz, clarinet, mey, recorder, harmonica, banjo, and mandolin.

After returning to Turkey in 1976 to complete his Turkish military obligation and retain his Turkish citizenship, Bora spent years doing research into the dances of his native Turkey with the Turkish State Folk Dance Ensemble, and collecting dances and music in Turkish villages.

Bora has taught at most of the major folk dance camps across north America, such as Holiday Camp, the San Diego State University Folk Dance Conference, Santa Barbara Folk Dance Conference, and Stockton Folk Dance Camp in California, and at many colleges and universities. He has taught in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia. He also was invited to teach a Black Sea suite to the the Pittsburgh-based Duquesne University Tamburitzans.


NOTE: The City of Fort Collins will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities. For more information call 970.224.6027 or email
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