Tagged: Dance

Samar Haddad King: Founding and Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Palestinian-American Profiles
IMEU

Samar Haddad King: Founding and Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre

From the young age of three, Samar Haddad King has used dance and movement as a tool for self-expression. Growing up Palestinian-American in the diaspora, King found that movement helped overcome communication barriers: “When we were younger and didn’t all have a common language yet, I found it interesting how dance or movement could transcend language.”

on August 17, 2018
Young Palestinian Dancers Tell Stories of Resistance News Roundup
Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada

Young Palestinian Dancers Tell Stories of Resistance

A group of young dancers and rappers from the Dheisheh refugee camp in the occupied West Bank are on tour, bringing original music, hip-hop and dabke folk dance to audiences across the US.

on March 22, 2017
Pirouettes and Plenty of Pink at Gaza’s Only Ballet School News Roundup
Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters

Pirouettes and Plenty of Pink at Gaza’s Only Ballet School

The group of girls, ponytailed and dressed in pink, stretched their arms out to the sides and pivoted onto their toes, trying desperately to hold still. Eagle-eyed, the instructor surveyed Gaza's latest crop of would-be ballerinas. Fifty girls aged five to eight are now enrolled in the ballet school at the Al-Qattan Center for Children in Gaza, making it one of the most popular classes the arts institute runs, under the watchful eye of a Ukrainian teacher.

on November 30, 2015
Palestinian Dance Group Keeps Folk Art Alive News Roundup
Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor

Palestinian Dance Group Keeps Folk Art Alive

Under the name El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, Mohammad Yaacoub and friends Mohammed Atta and Wassim al-Kurdi embarked on a journey of interpreting Palestinian folk songs accompanied by dance and dabke (Levantine Arab folk dance) shows with the objective of preserving Palestinian heritage and folklore.

on June 10, 2015
Young dancer jailed by Israel for taking part in protest News Roundup
Charlotte Kates, The Electronic Intifada

Young dancer jailed by Israel for taking part in protest

Lina Khattab, 18, is in her first year of media studies at Birzeit University in the occupied West Bank. An accomplished dancer, she is a member of the renowned troupe El-Funoun. She was arrested by the Israeli military on 13 December as she joined fellow university students in a march to Israel’s Ofer prison, which holds Palestinian political prisoners.

on February 13, 2015
Dancing in the Rubble: Breakdancers Offer Hope as Gaza Struggles to Rebuild News Roundup
Alice Speri, VICE News

Dancing in the Rubble: Breakdancers Offer Hope as Gaza Struggles to Rebuild

It's been nearly six months since the end of the latest war in Gaza, but the devastation left behind makes it seem as though the last bombs dropped only yesterday. Psychologically, too, Gazans are still shell-shocked and traumatized by a conflict that killed some 2,192 people — mostly civilians, and many children — and destroyed more than 96,000 homes in less than two months. The fact that this was the third conflict in a span of six years made it all harder, not easier.

on January 28, 2015
CB Crew Brings Break Dancing to Gaza Music
IMEU

CB Crew Brings Break Dancing to Gaza

The residents of Gaza find different ways of coping with life under occupation, and for a group of young men that call themselves the CB (Camp Breakerz) Crew, dance is a hugely important outlet. The group has been an organized break dancing team for over 10 years, and in 2012, they decided to share their passion with the community by opening a school called CB Crew Academy of Art in Nusirat refugee camp.

on January 27, 2015
{/exp:tag:entries}