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The Arabian Dabke
Transcript of The Arabian Dabke
History of The Dabke
The Dabke is a traditional dance that was oiginally made to fix the roof of houses when the weather changed. As time went on, the Dabke came to be known as one of the Middle East's most famous traditional dance. Today Dabke is performed in almost every household in the Middle East.
Origin of the dance
The Dabke is an Arabic folk dance that was first danced by the people in the vilages and towns of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan and Iraq. Now it is danced everywhere and anywhere.
The purpose of the dance
Back then, the roof of houses were made of tree branches with mud secured on top, so when the weather changed, the mud would crack and so the townspeople had to fix the cracks. They would go up of the roof, hold hands, and stomp the ground to even out the mud.
The Dabke is now a line dance which people dance for fun and enjoyment with their family and friends.
How to dance the Dabke (Basics)
1. Get up
2. Hold the hands of the people
next to you
3. Cross your left foot over the right
and bring your right foot back (2
4. Slightly Kick your left foot in
the air and stomp the left foot
on the ground
By Joseph Ibrahim and Daniel Cano
"How to Dabke." WikiHow. Ed. Sondra C. Wikihow, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. <http://www.wikihow.com/Dabke>
"The Dabke-An Arabic Folk Dance." History and Development of Dance Brockport. INTROTODANCE, 9 May 2013. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. <http://dancehistorydevelopment.wordpress.com/2013/05/09/the-dabke-an-arabic-folk-dance/comment-page-1/>.
There are numerous kinds of songs sung during dabke dancing. The most popular genres are Dal Ouna, Al Jafra, Al Dahiyya and Zareef il-Tool. There are hundreds of different lyrical variations but the genres are recognized by their rhythm and repetative single phrases.
Dabke is a dance of community, often performed at weddings and other joyous occasions. Dabke was popularized and modernized during the Twentieth Century by Lebanese composers Assi and Mansour Rhabani and singers like Zak Nassif, Fairuz, Wadih el Safi, and Nasri Shamseddine and sooner by Wafik Habib and Ali el Dik, all who performed at the legendary Baalbek Festival. This wash held at the acient Roman temples of Baalbek, Lebanon. Some famous performers of various trouped in Lebanon include Alain Merheb, Kigham, and Hassan Harfouche.
1. The Oud: Also known as the "lute". It is half-pear shaped with a short nonfretted neck
2. The Tablah: A small hand-drum, also known as the durbakke
3. The Daff: Similiar to a tambourine, also called a riq
Started as a work dance
Ended up being a communal dance
The dabke dance involves the legs and the torso can be stiff
Women were embroidered long dresses
Men were baggy trousers with a wide belt and leather shoes
Did you know
Learning the dabke is an after school activity for the youth
World War One influenced the dabke dance
"Lebanese Mixed Songs Dabke Arabic Mp3." Music Addict Updates. N.p., 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <http://www.musicaddict.com/mp3/lebanese-mixed-songs-dabke-arabic.html>.
"Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre | About Dabke." Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre. NGPath, 2011. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. <http://www.alzaytouna.org/about-us/about-dabke>.