Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble
The Kardelen Turkish Dance Ensemble was founded in Washington, DC in 2004 by a group of individuals dedicated to promoting the diverse, rich and vibrant culture of Turkey through its dances and build cultural bridges and friendship between the Turkish and American People through cultural understanding and appreciation.
The Ensemble takes its name from a resilient mountain flower named "kardelen", which means "one that pierces through the snow". Kardelen is Turkish for “Snowdrop,” survives under hardship and severe weather circumstances; it is the first flower that blooms in the spring, usually emerging through late winter snows.
Kardelen members are committed to working for the broader community, and donate a significant portion of revenues to various organizations engaged primarily in the education and healthcare of underprivileged and underserved children. In their struggle to thrive in the face of great adversity, these children best resemble the Kardelen flower.
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