Date: Sunday 13th May 2018
Location: Riverside Building, Winslow Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 9WA
Instructor: Hawiyya Dance Company
Literally meaning “Stomp” in Arabic, Dabke (also spelt Dabka, Dubki, Dabkeh, plural Dabkaat) is a group dance found in the Eastern Arab countries. Performed mostly as a unisex line dance, Dabke is avidly done at the weddings and parties of Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian communities. A version can also be found in Iraq, known as Chobie.
Dabke movements include rhythmic stomping, kicking, sidewards walking, hopping and jumping. In social settings, the dancers hold hands and form long moving lines or wide rotating circles. There are also many stage performances, and musical theatre shows that feature Dabke dances. You may also find Dabke used as a form of non-violent social protest during war and conflicts. But it is primarily a proud and energetic group line dance enjoyed by all ages and both genders.