Dance: Debka Classes

Sat, February 23, 2008 11:00 am at Alwan for the Arts

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Debka Dance Classes at Alwan

In collaboration with Network of Arab American professionals of New York, Alwan for the Arts will offer personal, one-on-one instruction from seasoned debka instructors who practically dance better than they walk. Whether you are a beginner or want to further hone your skills, the classes are open to all! Within the 6-week program, you'll not only be able to comfortably dance in any debka circle, but you'll also learn the rich history of the debka, which for many is more than a mere form of dance; it is a form of expression that many use in times of pain, happiness and resistance.

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February 23 – March 29

Saturdays, 11:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.

Tuition $100

Instructor Eman Hamad:

Born and raised in Ramallah, Eman Hamed joined a number of debka troupes when the first Intifada started. In 1989, she was a lead singer and debka performer in the Sharaf Al Tibi troupe in Palestine, which toured around Europe and Palestine and was named the national Palestinian Debka troupe in 1995 In the late 1990s, Eman joined the Watan Debka troupe in NY and participated in the Bir-zeit International annual festival in Palestine. She also continued working with the Sharaf troupe when visiting Ramalllah until the second Intifada started.Eman has been teaching debka to children in various areas of New Jersey for a number of years as well as taught college students at Montclair State University in NJ. Eman is currently a physician living in NJ, who states that “…many debka troupes were formed with the goal of not only preserving culture but also using Palestinian folklore as a mean to rally, inspire and express pride, courage, and resistance to the occupation. The stomping of our feet on the stage and the words we sang created an echo that our occupiers feared more than our stones.”

A refund of $50.00 will be issued to any student who drops the course after the first class. A refund of $25.00 will be issued to any student who drops the course after the second class. No refunds will be issued after the third class. Please note that a $25.00 penalty will be charged any student who drops the course prior to the first day of class.

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Last updated: 2008-02-10 17:27:56

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