Dabkeh, the traditional Palestinian folk dance, has been a feature of Lajee's work since our creation. Weekly Dabkeh lessons are led by our Dabkeh coach Nasim Abu Amsha, who runs two programs for different age levels and abilities.
Our second group of young dancers are children aged from 6-10.
Mostly new to Dabkeh, they are keen participants in their weekly workshops and with more experience and expertise they will also begin to perform publicly. Many groups, organizations and individuals internationally have supported our Dabkeh work.
Amongst these, are: INTERPAL, Anna Lindh Foundation, Dove and Dolphin charity, HOPING, Halifax Friends of Palestine, Sheffield PSC, Discover Palestine, and many more. Dabkeh at Lajee, as with all our projects, involves both male and female participants working together. Music includes many traditional and some contemporary Palestinian and Arab songs, and our style fuses Palestinian and Syrian movements together. Many of the dances are themed around stories of the children's lives in Aida Camp and wider refugee history – in this context our Dabkeh, much as with all our cultural work, becomes a collaborative production of communication, storytelling, and defense of Palestinian rights.