Learn Dabke Dance in Palestine

dabke2Learn Dabke Dance in Palestine: Dabke is an Arab folk dance that showcases Palestinian culture and heritage. This traditional dance, which has been performed for thousands of years, continues to be taught, performed, and enjoyed today. Dabkeh is a central piece of Palestinian culture, so make sure not to miss this beautiful expression of Palestine when you visit.

Dabke is a traditional Palestinian dance that melds together aspects of line dancing and circle dancing. The style loosely resembles tap dancing, but it focuses primarily on high jumps and stomps instead of the dancers’ heels. In this collective dance, dancers stomp their feet and leap excitedly to music created for this purpose.

Although dabke is performed across the Levant, it has special significance in Palestine where celebrating Palestinian culture and customs is particularly important. Variations of dabke are also performed in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Hatay and Northern Saudi Arabia. According to tradition, Palestinian dabke dance dates back to Canaanite and Phoenician periods. Apparently, this dance began as an imitation of communal house building. In these ancient Canaanite communities, houses were made of stone with roofs made of wood, straw, and dirt. In order to construct a new house, the entire village congregated to stomp the dirt, compacting it evenly into a strong roof. This dance, which is steeped in symbolism, tells the story of a striving, but persistent and united community.

Today, the tradition of dabke dance continues. This dance has been passed down from generation to generation, weaving together history, culture, and creative expression. Dabbke dance has become a symbol of Palestinian music, culture and heritage. This dance is often performed at Arab weddings, festivals, ceremonies, and other special occasions.

Dabkeh is a beautiful and highly coordinated dance that requires a great deal of training to and skill to master. In the city of Hebron, there are special centers that teach this traditional Palestinian dance. Specialized teachers also teach dabkeh in villages outside Hebron.

If you are more interested in viewing this dance than dancing it yourself, the Ministry of Education occasionally hosts programs in Hebron where dabble dance  is performed to celebrate and remind Palestinians of their traditions. Many local theatres in Hebron also put on performances of dabke dance . The Palestinian Child Arts Center in Hebron is another place where you can enjoy dabkeh performances. This non-profit organization works to develop the intellectual and creative potential of Palestinian children. This center uses their outdoor facilities, small theater, and playgrounds to host art exhibitions, competitions, and dabkeh performances, to name just a few.

This staple of Palestinian culture exudes energy, community, and connection to the past. Whether you want to see dabkeh performed or learn to dance it yourself, you will find Palestine is the place to do it. If you are interested in learning dabkeh in Palestine, you can take classes at the Excellence Center in Hebron. Please email us for more information

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