Crimean Tatar youth of Turkey- members of the Association of Culture and Mutual Assistance of Crimean Tatars in Ankara learn their national dances, thus trying to be closer to their native culture. Young Crimean Tatars, who live in Ankara far from their native land, are still trying to preserve their native ‘spirit’ and stay close to their culture and language. Thus, annually, Crimean Tatar choreographers from Crimea teach basics of Crimean Tatar national dances for those who live in Turkey. According to Crimean choreographer Meryem Kadirova, who teaches Crimean Tatar dances at the Association of Culture and Mutual Assistance of Crimean Tatars in Ankara, young people learn traditional dances with pleasure: “They say that they want to learn more about their culture and dances help them to get closer to it”. Crimean Tatar choreographers stay in Turkey three months each year. At the end of the training course, their students perform at concerts, organized by Crimean Tatar diaspora throughout Turkey. Meryem Kadirova says that her classes are held in Crimean Tatar language, which is useful language practice for her students.

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