|Debkeh dancing at the Middle Eastern Cultural Festival|
in Syracuse, NY at St. Elias Church
|St. Elias Debkeh Dancers practice for|
their performance at American
high school in Syracuse, NY
(see link below for actual performance)
For the performer, debkeh offers the feel-good unique opportune basis for overcoming all kinds of conflicts, from a personal to a global level. It can be therapeutic in healing collective trauma, convert negative energy into positive energy and even inspire public demands for justice. Dance provides a space where people in conflict can express, recover, and reconcile themselves. It increases self-confidence, provides an education in leadership, public speaking and creative problem solving. (Following link shows young Palestinians at children's facility in Bethlehem using debkeh as they cope with living life under occupation)
Debkeh is cooperation. It is many that become one in the synchronization of the same step.
Debkeh is perseverance. Arabic songs can be long and the performance can outlast a dancer’s comfortable energy capacity.
Debkeh is teamwork, attending multiple practices and overcoming disagreements to ensure the most perfect performance as possible.
Debkeh is one first step—along with its stomp & kick—for world peace, where one human hand accepts another human hand to share together in the mutual enjoyment of music as the cooperation, perseverance, and teamwork transcend us into a world beyond disputes.
Note: St. Elias Debkeh Dancers' next performance will be at the Interfaith Works Leadership Awards on May 15, 2012. This event recognizes community leaders in the Syracuse Jewish, Arab, and academic communities who have dedicated their lives to further understanding and to overcome political/social divides as it pertains to advancing Middle East peace.
You can catch our dancers at our 2012 Middle Eastern Cultural Festival in Syracuse, which takes place the weekend of July 20 at the site of St. Elias Church!