Thrace, or Trakya, is the European peninsula of Turkey. It has long been a crossroads for many different cultures: Bulgaria, Greece, Bosnia, Albania, Romania, Gypsy, and Mainland Turkey.

The region has a strong tradition of seasonal celebrations. Its dances can be danced in circles and lines such as in Ali Paşa or Nikriz Sitro, or less choreographed like in Karşılama. Dances move intermittently between slow and fast rhythms.