The xoraxaj are a branch of the rromas found throughout muslim communities of the Balkans and Asia Minor Their language is a variation of rromani with significant turkish influence.  

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Turkish Roman Dance On-line Text Book

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Roman Havasi:

The Rom (Gypsies) of Asia Minor have both slow and fast 9/8 dances. The fast 9/8 is similar to Karsilama, a 9/8 meter folkdance of the Turks and Greeks. The Turkish Roma (Romanlar) have their own style of fast 9/8.

The Turkish Gypsy Slow tempo 9/8 is called "Agir Roman" (heavy Gypsy). Agir Roman is related to the Zebek of the Turks or Zebekiko of the Greeks, but it is a distinct dance of the Roma.

The Romani dances of Turkey and Asia Minor are characterized by "belly throwing" (Gobek Atmak) a particular movement of the pelvis - normally on beats 1-3-5-7-8 (in a 9/8 meter).

The men's version of Roman Havasi uses footwork more extensively than the women's version, however both men's and women's dances use the gobek atmak (belly throwing) movement.

Woman's version of Turkish Roman dance often uses hand gestures which might mimic playing various instruments such as clarinet or darbuka, washing clothing, or other daily activities. Some gestures are non-sensical. Gestures usually fall on beats 1 & 3 or 1 & 5 of a 9/8.

Turkish Roman 9/8 dances are different than Turkish Karsilama or Zebek. Although the meters and movements are similar - they are two distinct dance styles.

Recommended Viewing:

Raw Roman by Delpha Rheis
Turkish Roman Dance by Elizabeth Strong
Natasya's Digital Dance classes by Natasya Katsikaris
Natasya's Playlist of Turkish Roman dances
Turkish Roman dances by Sophie Armoza (on YouTube)
Turkish Roman dances by Reyhan Tuzsuz (on YouTube)
Ibrahim Aymaz (YouTube & egedanslari.net)
Ozgen and Margaret Cunningham on YouTube

Rhythms for Turkish Roman Dance (more coming soon!)

Karsilama 9/8
D
tk
D
tk
D
tk
D
T
T
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Agir Roman and more coming soon ...

Tsiftetelli (16/8)
Dtk
tkT
tktk
T tk
tkD
tkD
tkP
rest
1/2
3/4
5/6
7/8
9/10
11/12
13/14
15/16


Key:
D = Dun (bass note, 1 count)
T = Tek (high note, 1 count)
P = Pop (accent note, 1 count)
tk = tekka (2 sounds in 1 beat  "1&" )