|Formation||Open circle. V-hold.|
|Dance Structure||(A x 8) + (B x 4) + (C x 2) + (D x 2.5) + (E x 8).|
|Music Structure||4 counts/bar, 4 bar phrases.|
Parts A to C 95 counts/min.
Part D 120 counts/min.
Part E 250 counts/min.
|Translation||'Mr. Ali' with 'Mr.' in the upper class honorific sense like 'Gentleman' or 'Sir' in English.|
|Source||Ersin Seyhan at the 2002 Bognor Regis Turkish course.|
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It is a medley of 5 simple traditional central Anatolian dances (or maybe 4, I think I remember Ersin saying 4 but there are 5 distinct parts; maybe the similar Parts B & C are from the same dance). The dances start from simple, unenergetic & trivial to follow with no arm movements to lively with arm movements tricky to coordinate with the feet.
The name comes from music of the first one in which the words are calling out to a rich man, Ali, hoping for money.
Style: Heavy solid body feeling. Starting with gentle walking and getting progressively bouncier (but still in a heavy grounded sense).
Summary: Start with first verse ("Ali Bey").
Waiting through the initial call of "Aaaay!" and starting at the start of the first verse (which begins with the singing of the words "Ali Bey") is how I find it easiest to start in sync with the music.
However the way Ersin taught it was to wait through an additional 4 bars and omit the first half of the first Part A (so one starts going to the L and does only 7.5 of 8 Part A).
Summary: Walk R starting R foot for 4 steps. Facing centre, sway R, L & R, flick L behind. Mirror all.
|Start||Facing 45 cw of the centre. V-hold.|
|1||Walk 4 steps (R, L, R, L) forwards acw around the circle.|
|3-4||Repeat bars 1-2 in mirror image (face 45 acw, walk L, R, L, R, sway L, sway R, sway L, flick R).|
Summary: Walk starting R foot 3 steps in, touch. Ditto out.
|Start||Facing the centre. V-hold.|
|2||Repeat bar 1 but on opposite feet & travelling backwards (L back, R back, L back, R touch).|
Summary: (Bounce facing R x 2, mirror) x 2. Repeat Part B.
|Start||Facing the centre. V-hold.|
|2||Repeat bar 1.|
|3-4||Repeat all of Part B (walk starting R foot 3 steps in, touch. Ditto out).|
Summary: Bounce as Part C. In in (step R, L & R, touch; mirror) with arm thrusting on each count. Repeat all backing out.
|Start||Facing the centre. Fortress-hold.|
|1-2||Repeat Part C bars 1-2 (bounce down & up twice facing 45 deg cw then facing acw twice).|
|4||Repeat bar 3 on opposite feet but still travelling in (forwards L, R, L, touch R with arm thrusting).|
|5-8||Repeat bars 1-4 but travelling out backwards instead of in forwards.|
This part is the first one which feels energetic. Although there is not much travelling, it has Turkish bouncing throughout.
This part is done 2.5 times so it ends up in close in ready for the closer hold needed for Part E.
Summary: Starting R foot, 2 Triple Steps forwards R with swinging arms (start down in 1st, up in 2nd, end in W). 4 Slipbacks with windscreen-wiper arms.
|Start||Facing the centre. Close W-hold.|
|2||Repeat bar 1 travelling the same direction (diagonally forwards R) but on opposite feet (L across infront, R side, L across infront, R close without weight) and opposite arm motions (V-hold slightly forwards, V-hold slightly back, and end back in W-hold).|
|4||Repeat bar 3 (Slipbacks R & L with windscreen wiper arms).|
This part is fast & energetic covering a lot of ground. The steps in bars 1-2 are virtually running.