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Dance is a very popular form of entertainment in Turkey. Various styles of belly dancing and folk dances are performed, and there is an increasing interest, especially in cities, to learn all sorts of Latin dances. Greek dances are also considered to be a new form of dance that attracts the interest of the middle and upper middle classes. Hip-hop and break dance are getting very popular among younger generations in the outskirts of big cities. The contemporary / modern dance field, although confined to quite small circles in the cities of Istanbul and Ankara, also has been able to produce original works in the last 10 years, in a very interesting aesthetic and political framework. Although this is good news, there is one basic problem: the isolation of these genres. Neither folk dance practitioners, nor contemporary dancers mingle with each other. Latin dancers, who have many studios, clubs, performance spaces, and competitions, do not interact with other dance practitioners, and the folk dance field has a vast geography of its own completely isolated from other dance genres. Although recently it seems like the pressure of popular culture helps these genres’ coming together, it is generally still a quite shallow and superficial attempt with no real resonance in the aesthetic, political or cultural field. Yet, the Turkish dance field, still full of fertile prospects, awaits active collaborations both inside and outside its confinements.