Biography

Hakan has been a student of Middle Eastern Fusion Bellydance since 2003. He has studied under Kari Merlina of Sadiqa, Olivia Kissel of Zafira Dance Company, and Maria of Zafira Dance Company. He has performed in numerous student shows, both as a member of the classes and as a soloist. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Tribal Style troupe Tribe Taksim, currently in hiatus. Hakan is also an active member of the troupe Moquette Volante; a troupe dedicated to bringing Middle Eastern folklore to modern audiences through music, dance, and storytelling.

Hakan has performed to Ishtar, Pittsburgh’s Premier Bellyrock band, for many years now. He has soloed for them as a featured dancer at Murphy’s Tap Room in Regent Square in Pittsburgh, at Your Inner Vagabond in Pittsburgh, and at events at the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Pennsic War.

Hakan has performed as an invited dancer to Wine and Alchemy at an event at the Society for Creative Anachronism’s Pennsic War.

Hakan’s dancing is a combination of American Tribal Style with a hint of Turkish style. He is greatly influenced by Zafira’s Romantic Bellydance.

Hakan dances to traditional Bellydance music, but is also comfortable dancing to modern music such as Blue Man Group and Squonk Opera.

Booking is available for parties and events. Please inquire about private lessons.

Contact: info@hakandances.com for booking and schedule information.

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