Before going to Istanbul - don't think whirling dervish was on my radar. But the research points to Hodjapasha Cultural Center has the best show in town. The center is a little hard to find but worth it. The setting makes it feel more authentic, it also is nicely done on the inside. Get tickets ahead of time as it seems like it fills up and there are limited seats. We were able to get front row seats which was amazing - but I think any seat in the room would be a decent view. Seats are assigned so no worries about getting there early unless you don't have a seat assignment yet.
They do offer, tea, coffee and water while you wait for the show.
They start off with some music, then they bring in another group of musicians who start playing the music that will set the dancers in motion for the next hour or so. Amazing how much strength and training must go into it.
The only thing that would have been nice was if before the show started - give a little of the history. Also, you can't take photos during the show (for obvious reasons) but would have been neat for them to come back out after so people could take a few photos to remember the experience - but maybe that ruins the mood it sets.
All in all though - a nice activity to plan on while in Istanbul and worth seeing the better show - not the guys at rando restaurants - just not really the same.
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