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History

Yöre Folk Ensemble, also known as Stanford Yöre, was established in 2004 at Stanford University. A nonprofit organization since 2005, Yöre's primary goal is to bring all Turkish folk dance groups in the San Francisco Bay Area under the same roof.

Below is a brief timeline of Turkish folk dance groups in the San Francisco Bay Area, and how they merged under the name of Yöre Folk Ensemble:

Arkadash Turkish Folk Dance Group from San Jose was founded by Dr. Omer Uyuklu and Dr. Leman Uyuklu in 1977. Arkadash represented Turkey at the 1989 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. After 1999, Abdullah Gedik instructed the group, until they merged with Yore Folk Ensemble in 2005.

Stanford Turkish Folk Dance Group was founded in 1989, under the leadership of Dr. Eser Ayanoglu. The group held many workshops and performances in the Bay Area, and was also known for performing at the Kolo festival for many years.

Arkadash Stanford Turkish Folk Dance Group was founded in 2001 by Dr. Erkcan Ozcan, then the president of the Stanford Turkish Student Association. Dr. Duygu Demirlioglu instructed the group during its first year.

Group Yöre from UC Berkeley was founded by Oya Taskin, Zafer Zamboglu, and Cengiz Gulek in 2002. Bercin Mersin Bukey, one of the dancers in the group, came up with the name "Yore". Dr. Afsin Saritas, then a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, was the biggest support in coordinating practice locations. After a brief hiatus in 2004, the group was brought together in 2005 by Tugsan Topcuoglu, Ceniz Gulek, Erdinc Basci, and Mehpare Pam Askin, and resumed their weekly practices.

Stanford Yöre, starting in 2003, was a continuation of Arkadash Stanford Turkish Folk Dance Group. The group was supported by the members of the Stanford Turkish Student Association (TSA), particularly TSA's presidents Dr. Murat Kaya and Dr. Onur Fidaner. Folk dance practices were carried out under the instruction of Dr. Cengiz Gulek, and Mehpare Pam Askin between 2003 and 2004. Dr. Emine Ulku Saritas and Dr. Ali Ozer Ercan coordinated the group over the years. In collaboration with Group Yore of UC Berkeley, the group represented Turkey at the 2004 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. The dance piece performed at the festival was from Silifke region of Turkey, and was choreographed and instructed by Dr. Cengiz Gulek.

Yöre Davis was founded by Ezerhan Kadioglu, Dr. Pinar Muyan Ozcelik, Dr.Hakan Ozcelik, and Dr. Kivilcim Degerlioglu Demir in 2005 in UC Davis. This group organized many Turkish events and folk dance performances in Davis.

Yöre Folk Ensemble (2005 - Present)
Yöre Folk Ensemble was founded in 2005 with the synergistic efforts and dedications of Stanford Yore dancers. The ensemble gained nonprofit organization 501 (C) (3) status in October 2005, thanks to extensive efforts by Mehpare Pam Askin. Dr. Kivilcim Degerlioglu Demir also contributed to this process by editing the legal documentation.

With Mehpare Pam Askin's leadership, all the San Francisco Bay area Turkish folk dance groups came together under the roof of Yöre Folk Ensemble. Since then, Yöre has been active in the Bay Area and around the United States. The group performed in numerous events and festivals, organized several performances, and hosted many guest dancers and instructors.

Yore's First Board of Directors in 2005: Dr. Omer Uyuklu, Dr. Eser Ayanoglu, Dr. Cengiz Gulek, Dr. Ali Pinar, Dr. Emine Ulku Saritas, Ezerhan Kadioglu, and Mehpare Pam Askin.

Yore's first official funding was awarded by the Christensen Fund in 2006. The grant proposal was written by Mehpare Pam Askin and edited by Dr. Cengiz Gulek.

Yöre's instructors and assistant instructors:
Mehpare Pam Askin (2004-Present)
Ozan Anac (2013-Present)
Beray Balpazari (2013-Present)
Dr. Emine Ulku Saritas (2003-2013)
Dr. Tolga Cukur (2007-2013)
Deniz Askin (2007-2012)
Dr. Ali Ozer Ercan (2003-2010)
Tolga Telseren (2006-2010)
Dr. Cengiz Gulek (2002-2007)
Dr. Eralp Bellibas (2005-2006)
Tugsan Topcuoglu (2003-2006)
Erdinc Basci (2003-2006)
Dr. Erkcan Ozcan (2002-2005)
Oya Taskin (2002- 2004)
Zafer Zamboglu (2002-2004)
Dr. Duygu Demirlioglu (2002-2003)
Abdullah Gedik (2002-2003)


Guest instructors:
Onur Istek (2014)
Burak Ocak (2009)
Alyssa Lee Wilmot (2009)
Ebru Atac (2008)
Umut Sengezer (2008)
Ahmet Luleci (2007-2008)
Erica Rikki Weaver Nicolae (2007-2008)


Yore Dancers: [2010-2015] - [2009] - [2008] - [2007] - [2006] - [2005] - [2004] - [2003] - [2002]

Guest Dancers: [2005] - [2004] - [2003] - [2002]

 

2009 YORE Dancers:

  • Turev Acar
  • Banu Altindag
  • Ozan Anac
  • Deniz Askin
  • Mehpare Askin
  • Mehmet Atesoglu
  • Ozlem Bilginer
  • Arif Cam
  • Nilden Celebi
  • Emre Colak
  • Tolga Cukur
  • Serkan Dinc
  • Dilber Duran
  • Ali Ozer Ercan
  • Pinar Erciyas Bailey
  • Husamettin Erciyes
  • Yasemin Ersoy
  • Alinur Goksel
  • Ilgin Guler
  • Defne Gun
  • Kezban Guvenilir
  • Gurer Kiratli
  • Esra Kose
  • Naz Nami
  • Baran Nohutcuoglu
  • Burak Ocak
  • Gurkan Ozgurel
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Tolga Telseren
  • Ayse Turker
  • Demet Ulusen
  • Alyssa Lee Wilmot
  • Bumin Yenmez
  • Berrin Yilmaz
  • Gozde Yucel

 

2008 YORE Dancers:

  • Turev Acar
  • Deniz Askin
  • Mehpare Askin
  • Ozlem Bilginer
  • Arif Cam
  • Nilden Celebi
  • Yasar Cinkilic
  • Tolga Cukur
  • Ozan Demirlioglu
  • Sevki Serhat Dincer
  • Ali Ozer Ercan
  • Husamettin Erciyes
  • Funda Erdin
  • Yasemin Ersoy
  • Ilgin Guler
  • Defne Gun
  • Seda Hosbas
  • Ezerhan Kadioglu
  • Nevra Kadioglu
  • Gurer Kiratli
  • Ferda Mehmet
  • Naz Nami
  • Baran Nohutcuoglu
  • Erica Rikki Nicolae Weaver
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Yunus Sasmaz
  • Uygar Sumbul
  • Tolga Telseren
  • Ayse Turker
  • Demet Ulusen
  • Bumin Yenmez
  • Berrin Yilmaz

 

2007 YORE Dancers:

  • Turev Acar
  • Deniz Askin
  • Mehpare Askin
  • Ozlem Bilginer
  • Merter Bozkurt
  • Nilden Celebi
  • Tolga Cukur
  • Ozan Demirlioglu
  • Sevki Serhat Dincer
  • Aytul Diril
  • Utku Diril
  • Ali Ozer Ercan
  • Husamettin Erciyes
  • Funda Erdin
  • Alex Gorbenko
  • Defne Gun
  • Ozge Islegen
  • Ezerhan Kadioglu
  • Nevra Kadioglu
  • Onur Kilic
  • Gurer Kiratli
  • Ferda Mehmet
  • Erica Rikki Nicolae Weaver
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Dilek Seren
  • Gul Shukry
  • Uygar Sumbul
  • Tolga Telseren
  • Ayse Turker
  • Demet Ulusen
  • Bumin Yenmez

 

2006 YORE Dancers:

  • Turev Acar
  • Nevra Akkoc
  • Deniz Askin
  • Mehpare Askin
  • Amanda Baer
  • Erdinc Basci
  • Eralp Bellibas
  • Tolga Cukur
  • Aysegul Dastan
  • Ozan Demirlioglu
  • Aytul Diril
  • Utku Diril
  • Ali Ozer Ercan
  • Onur Fidaner
  • Abdullah Gedik
  • Hatice Genc
  • Cengiz Gulek
  • Pinar Hacikoylu
  • Ozge Islegen
  • Basak Kalkanci
  • Ozgen Karaer
  • Murat Kaya
  • Onur Kilic
  • Sarah Kinaci
  • Tolgay Kizilelma
  • Haluk Konuk
  • Cagla Meral
  • Bercin Mersin
  • Eda Ozbay
  • Veysi Erkcan Ozcan
  • Senem Ozer
  • Nevran Ozguven
  • Esin Ozturk
  • Ali Pinar
  • Ozgur Sahin
  • Ali Fatih Sarioglu
  • Afsin Saritas
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Uygar Sumbul
  • Cenk Temizel
  • Tugsan Topcuoglu
  • Demet Ulusen
  • Berrin Yilmaz

 

2005 YORE Dancers: Back to top

  • Turev Acar
  • Nevra Akkoc
  • Deniz Askin
  • Mehpare Askin
  • Amanda Baer
  • Erdinc Basci
  • Eralp Bellibas
  • Tolga Cukur
  • Aysegul Dastan
  • Ozan Demirlioglu
  • Aytul Diril
  • Utku Diril
  • Ali Ozer Ercan
  • Onur Fidaner
  • Abdullah Gedik
  • Hatice Genc
  • Cengiz Gulek
  • Pinar Hacikoylu
  • Ozge Islegen
  • Basak Kalkanci
  • Ozgen Karaer
  • Murat Kaya
  • Onur Kilic
  • Sarah Kinaci
  • Tolgay Kizilelma
  • Haluk Konuk
  • Cagla Meral
  • Bercin Mersin
  • Eda Ozbay
  • Veysi Erkcan Ozcan
  • Senem Ozer
  • Nevran Ozguven
  • Esin Ozturk
  • Ali Pinar
  • Ozgur Sahin
  • Ali Fatih Sarioglu
  • Afsin Saritas
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Uygar Sumbul
  • Cenk Temizel
  • Tugsan Topcuoglu
  • Demet Ulusen
  • Berrin Yilmaz

 

2004 YORE Dancers: Back to top

  • Banu Acimis
  • Nevra Akkoc
  • Mehpare Askin
  • Deniz Askin
  • Amanda Baer
  • Erdinc Basci
  • Alev Burton
  • Terry Burton
  • Ali Ozer Ercan
  • Ipek Erdem
  • Onur Fidaner
  • Hatice Genc
  • Cengiz Gulek
  • Basak Kalkanci
  • Ozgen Karaer
  • Murat Kaya
  • Onur Kilic
  • Ebru Kilicarslan
  • Deniz Kursunoglu
  • Bercin Mersin
  • Veysi Erkcan Ozcan
  • Senem Ozer
  • Nevran Ozguven
  • Esin Ozturk
  • Sevin Parlak
  • Ozgur Sahin
  • Ali Fatih Sarioglu
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Oya Taskin
  • Ilker Temizer
  • Tugsan Topcuoglu
  • Demet Ulusen
  • Berrin Yilmaz

2003 YORE Dancers: Back to top

  • Banu Acimis
  • Deniz Askin
  • Amanda Baer
  • Erdinc Basci
  • Terry Burton
  • Alev Burton
  • Onur Fidaner
  • Cengiz Gulek
  • Ozgen Karaer
  • Onur Kilic
  • Bercin Mersin
  • Saba Moeel
  • Ayse Onal
  • Veysi Erkcan Ozcan
  • Ali Ozer Ozer
  • Senem Ozer
  • Nevran Ozguven
  • Esin Ozturk
  • Sevin Parlak
  • Ali Pinar
  • Gulden Pirincioglu
  • Ozgur Sahin
  • Emine Ulku Saritas
  • Oya Taskin
  • Ilker Temizer
  • Tugsan Topcuoglu
  • Zafer Zamboglu

2002 YORE Dancers: Back to top

  • Banu Acimis
  • Deniz Askin
  • Alev Burton
  • Pinar Duygulu
  • Pelin Etgu
  • Sherry Gooch
  • Cengiz Gulek
  • Bercin Mersin
  • Sevin Parlak
  • Ali Pinar
  • Afsin Saritas
  • Sencan Sengul
  • Tunc Simsek
  • Metin Sitti
  • Oya Taskin
  • Ilker Temizer
  • Tugsan Topcuoglu
  • Zafer Zamboglu
  • Brendan




2004 Guest Dancers from MAVI DANCE, Boston, MA:
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  • Nursin Ata
  • Celil Bayram
  • Mustafa Corbaci
  • Ozlem Dayioglu
  • Jonhatan Eshaghian
  • Arshad Jon Jilani
  • Anna Kozlova
  • Murat Ozman
  • Giorgi Shanidze
  • Aysegul Yonet
  • Pinar Zengingonul

 

2004 Guest Dancers from ARKADASH Folk Dance Ensemble, San Jose, CA: Back to top

  • Ayda Akkoyun
  • Seda Akkoyun
  • Baris Demirlioglu
  • Duygu Demirlioglu
  • Esin Demirlioglu
  • Ozan Demirlioglu
  • Binnur Erbil
  • Onur Erbilgin
  • Abdullah Gedik
  • Suna Gedik
  • Ayla Goktan
  • Devrim Goktan
  • Aylin Memis
  • Yasemin Memis
  • Sancar Olcay
  • Ege Ozdemir
  • Senem Yilmaz

 

2004 Guest Dancer from HORON Folk Dance Ensemble, Monterey, CA: Back to top

  • Merve Karabulut

 

2002 Guest Dancers from ARKADASH Folk Dance Ensemble, San Jose, CA: Back to top

  • Duygu Demirlioglu
  • Esin Demirlioglu
  • Ozan Demirlioglu
  • Abdullah Gedik
  • Tolga Larlar
  • Sancar Olcay
  • Cedide Olcay
  • Rusen