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Alternative Names 'Fadike' is the original spelling.
'Fad-EE-keh' and 'Fad-ee-KAY' are English transcriptions of the two ways it is sung.
Formation Circle. No hold progressing to V-hold.
Dance Structure (A x 16 + B x 2 + BC+ C x 2 ) x 2.92 + (D + E + D + F) x 3
Music Structure 4 counts/bar, mostly 4 bar phrases.
Music Speed 220 counts/min.
Source Ersin Seyhan at the 2000 & 2002 Zetten Balkan Festivals.

Disclaimer: Mistakes are quite likely in the notes and no guarantees are made as to accuracy. There may be other versions of the same dance or other dances with the same name. Music may differ, particularly in speed, introduction and duration, between performers. The division into parts, bars & counts might not be standard. These notes of the dance are freely distributable (under GPL or CC-by-sa) in so much as the note's author's contribution but the choreography and/or collection were by other people and so their copyright might apply to the dance itself. Better than using notes, go to a dance class where it is taught by Ersin Seyhan.

This is a distinctive atmospheric (slightly threatening) dance consisting of a variety of different, but not individually difficult, patterns which fit the music structure well. There are slight differences in some parts between men's & women's versions.

The structure is not as complicated as it looks above as A, B & C are clearly signalled in the music (by singing, singing the title & no singing respectively), D, E & F are short on-the-spot sequences of equal length and the 2.92 times through is really just 3 times through but with the reversing back to place missed off the last time so that the end sequence is danced closer together.

If done with enthusiasm, the asymmetry of the Basic Step can make ones left leg rather fatigued after doing this dance several times. Maybe that was the reason that Ersin taught it with middling power for Parts B & C and only full power for Parts D & E in 2002, although he taught it with full power throughout in 2000. I think he also altered the order of the Parts D-F. The version below is the 2002 version.

The on the spot (D + E + D + F) x 3 section is to coda to the music & may be considered mesmeric or may distract from the more dynamic main part of the dance. To avoid the later I cut it down to half length as (D + E + F) x 2 by fading out the music. I also tell dancers that the travelling basic step can be done on either foot s they like, to avoid tiring the left leg (other than for a performance, it works with different people on different feet at the same time).

Style: Turkish. Look controlled (upper body rigid) in Part A with men looking threatening. Exaggerated exhausting looking movements through the rest of the dance.


There is an instrumental section of music to get ready followed. The dance starts as soon as the singing does but the start of the drum beat in last 4 bars of instrumental gives warning of it.

Basic Step

Used throughout the dance other than Parts A & F.

Summary: Lift R, L hop, R step, L step.

1 Lift the R leg infront to upper leg horizontal. Lower leg remains vertically down.
2 Hop on L foot (this hop actually comes off the floor when doing the dance enthusiastically).
3 R close.
4 L in place.

(Although this in some respects like a Mazurka step (lift, step, step) it has a different timing (4 counts not 3), different styling (big lift rather than hook across infront) & from regions with very different folk dance formats. I've tried mentioning it in teaching but, for those few who remembered a Mazurka step by name, the differences were more confusing than the similarities were helpful. So it probably best not to mention it in teaching unless someone asks.)

Part A

Summary: Basic Step acw around the circle. Arms W 'dove' & M 'eagle' pose.

Start Body turned 45 deg cw from centre direction. No hold.
Hands W form a 'dove' pose (which looks nothing like a dove) in which they face cw around the circle, have L hand infront (about 15 cm) of face with elbow down, hand flat, fingers up and palm pointing away from face and R hand infront (about 50 cm) of face with elbow to the right, hand flat, fingers pointing left & palm pointing away from the face.
M form an 'eagle' pose (which looks vaguely like an eagle) in which they face the centre looking piercingly down with arms in a high V and hands infront with palms pointing vertically downwards and fingers representing talons.
1-2 Step onto R foot walking acw around the circle. Rise up by straightening the knees and raising the R heel off the ground after the foot comes in contact with the ground as weight is transferred onto it.
3-4 Step onto L foot walking acw around the circle. Sink down by bending the knees and lowering the R heel as weight is transferred onto the L foot.
Place In 2000 version, M were further from the centre than W so they could loom over them. In 2002 version, everyone was in the same circle.

Part B

Summary: In turning 360 deg cw in 4 slow steps; M arms folded, W arm up with hands circling. 2 Basic Steps in place; M arms folded, W arms down with hands to sides palms down. Repeat all travelling out.

Start Facing centre. No hold.
Feet Walk inwards in 4 slow steps whilst turning 360 deg cw.
Hands M have arms folded flat infront with upper arms horizontally forwards, forearms lying horizontally upon one another, palms pointing vertically down & wrists straight. W have arms high above heads and circle hands (R hand acw, L hand cw) elegantly.
Feet 2 Basic Steps on the spot.
Hands M leave arms folded. W have arms vertically down with hands flat, turned out to the sides and palms pointing vertically downwards.
5-8 Repeat bars 1-4 but travelling out instead of in (still turning cw though). W turn 720 deg instead of 360 deg but M still only turn 360 deg.

Part BC

Summary: Transition of 2 Basic Steps in place into V-hold then W-hold.

Start Facing centre. No hold.
Feet Two Basic Steps on the spot.
Hands Take V-hold and raise arms into W-hold.

This phrasing of this transition music section differs from the rest of the dance,which is in 4 bar phrases, by being an extra 2 bars (of Part C theme).

Part C

Summary: 2 Basic Steps in, arms up & over to V. 2 on the spot. Ditto backing out.

Start Facing centre. No hold.
Feet Two Basic Steps travelling in forwards.
Hands Raise arms up (by straightening elbows), over and down (maintaining straight elbows) infront ending in V-hold.
Feet Two Basic Steps on the spot.
Hands Remain in V-hold.
Feet Two Basic Steps travelling out backwards.
Hands Reverse the hand motion of bars 3-4 back into W-hold.
Feet Two Basic Steps on the spot.
Hands Remain in W-hold.

The last time through Part C, it is cut short after count 6 and goes into Part D (which happens to be the same as Part C for the first 2 bars anyway) so that the dance coda is in a smaller circle. (Parts A + B + C total 50 counts which is cut down to 46 by this, hence my writing that it was repeated 2 + 46/50 = 2.92 times.)

Part D

Summary: 4 Basic Steps on the spot.

Start Facing the centre. V-hold.
1-4 4 Basic Steps on the spot.

Part E

Summary: 4 Basic Steps on the spot with clap on count 1.

Start Facing the centre. No hold.
Feet 4 Basic Steps on the spot.
Hands Clap (sea lion style) on count 1 of each bar (as the R leg comes up). Move the hands back down to V-hold position (but not holding) between each clap to give a dramatic motion in again for the next clap.

Part F

Summary: Touch R side infront, pause x 3. Ditto across infront. Repeat all.

Start Facing centre. V-hold. Bent forwards from the waist.
1 Touch the toes of the R foot to the side infront without weight transfer with straight knee. Look towards the R foot.
2-4 Pause.
2 Repeat bar 1 but with the R foot across infront instead of to the side infront.
3-4 Repeat bars 1-2 (point to the side, point infront).