Dabke Dancing

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Every culture has their own traditions. Palestinian culture is centered around food, family, and dabke. All of these will bring about a sure fire good time. Dabke, a traditional Palestinian dance that is performed throughout Palestine and combines circle dance and line dancing and is widely performed at weddings and other joyous occasions. The line forms from right to left. The leader of the dabke heads the line, alternating between facing the audience and the other dancers.

Dabke is present at every wedding, ceremony, graduation, and get together. It is a traditional Palestinian past time that is meant to gather and excite the crowd and has been done for generations. Below is a video of a professional Houston Dabke troupe that performed at this years Palestinian Festival.

No Palestinian party is complete without Dabke dancing. So it would only be right that our audience members joined us in the fun! Check out this short clip of our audience showing off their Dabke skills!

The festival can’t go on without a little friendly Dabke competition. Of course, we had to have a little fun! Below is the Dabke competition video at this years festival! The dance is traditionally done the same, but every person put their own little spin or extra umpfh on this traditional Palestinian past time!

Thanks to all of our competitors and audience judges for making this year’s competition fun and exciting! Can’t wait to see you at next years festival! Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!


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