At the day of the show, our group met for practice as usual. There was a problem in the solo of one pair so we decided to change their solo. I helped them to find their mistake and improve their movements. After fixing their problem, the repeated the dance three times in a row without stopping. Mr. Alican had to leave me to check other partners while the dance was going on. So, I danced as if I had a partner during some of the trials. After two hours, we decided that the show was ready. Around 10 pm that day, we took the stage for our performance. It was a great experience for me and the audience, other campers and visitors, told us that they loved the show and congratulated our supervisor.
Hours Completed: 1
Having learned the basic and necessary moves, we started to concentrate on the choreography for the show. Our teacher announced the partners who will dance together in the show. He chose me as his partner. I was very excited for the show and decided to do my best to memorize the choreography. He wanted us to contribute while he was putting the moves in order. We chose the song for the show and started to make the sequence. In salsa, “shine” is a combination of moves done without a partner when the music slows down or changes. Mr. Alican added a shine to our sequence where the music changed. So, during the second lesson of the week, we spent our time practicing the shines. As an extra, Mr. Alican showed a few steps from a similar dance: bachata. Bachata moves were much easier than salsa, thus I was successful dancing. It was intriguing to learn the Latin dances because I was getting to know a different culture. I realized that I’m talented for Latin dances. I found out that I need to do more research about the Latin culture and continue dancing later on in my life. In the third lesson, each partner, there were 4 partners, practiced their solo. Our supervisor helped the partners while creating their solos. Since I was his partner, our solo was a bit challenging. He showed me an advanced move involving successive turns and a pose. After the lesson, I stayed an extra of 30 minutes to practice our solo. I can say that I was exhausted but it was a lot of fun. The fourth lesson of the week was the last lesson before our show. We practiced the choreography twice to ensure that the sequence is fluent.
Hours Completed: 11
I started trekking when I was 13 years old. My father and I enjoy nature walking a lot and we have decided to turn our customary walks into a regular physical activity. This summer, we decided to go to Kayaköy Art Camp. (In this camp, each camper chooses an art activity to spend their noon hours in the camp. After these art workshops, campers go trekking.) Each day, we walked to a different bay in Fethiye. Depending on the incline and the length of the path, trekking duration also varied. Similarly, we had time for swimming when we arrived at the bays. For this reason, swimming was also a part of the trekking activity. Mr. Ozen, our trekking guide, led and accompanied the group. Here is the list of bays or paths that we trekked during our 2-week stay in Kayaköy (the duration of each is also given below):
- Cold Water Bay (Soğuk Su Koyu): 4 hours
- Af Kule Monastery: 3 hours
- Deadsea (Ölüdeniz) Walk: 6 hours
- Darboğaz: 4 hours
- Saklıkent Walk: 2 hours
- Nicolas Island: 2 hours
Perseverance and condition were two important keys to success in this activity. Deadsea walk was extremely challenging because it took approximately 3 hours to arrive at the destination and 3 hours to trek back. I was carrying a backpack with me and a bottle of water. Especially the first 30 minutes of the walk was exhausting because we had to climb a steep hill. Rocks and bushes were all over the path, and they scratched my legs. The weather was also too hot, and I felt that I was pushing my limits. Hopefully, Mr. Ozen gave us time to rest periodically. I learned that I had to take more water with me for walks longer than 3 hours. The journey was a lot better after climbing the hill, I observed the environment and tried to walk in a normal tempo to control my breathing. Likewise, St. Nicolas Island was challenging because we climbed to the peak of the island. For this reason, I have to improve my climbing skills in trekking for better performance. After walking for hours, swimming is a great activity. It made me relax and helped me gain energy for the return path.
Hours Completed: 21
I went to Kayaköy art camp (Fethiye, Oludeniz) during summer. I chose salsa dancing as my workshop because I used to do ballet and I have always loved dancing. There were seven more campers who chose this workshop. Our supervisor, Mr. Alican, was a salsa teacher who was teaching salsa as a hobby. During the first week, he taught us the basic steps in salsa. I learned that there are several types of salsa. The most common ones differ in the way basic steps are counted. There is On1, known as the LA style; and On2, known as Mambo or NY style. In On1 salsa, the first basic step of the man is forward but in On2 it is backwards. Despite the difference, both are danced to the 123, 567 counts with holds on the 4 and 8 counts of music. At first, it was a bit confusing for me to spot their difference but now I am quite clear. We danced On1 and in order to get familiar with the steps, we had to repeat them again and again. This was very tiring at first because each lesson lasted 2 hours. Each of us had a partner to practice, but sometimes we had to dance pretending to have a partner. I learned the side rocks, back rocks, basic guapea and basic steps as a beginning. Since I play the piano, my musical aptitude is pretty good. Thanks to that, I did not have any trouble catching the rhythm. After we finished the basic steps in the first two lessons, we started to practice the turns. It was difficult to coordinate with my partner sometimes because unlike the steps, we had to do different moves while performing a turn. I had to give a signal to my partner during the men’s turns and similarly my partner had to give a signal to me before leading me to do my move. We completed the first week after practicing the beginner moves and turns. Our supervisor told us that we will use these moves in the upcoming show.
Hours Completed: 12