Circle dances offer us an easy way to get into contact with others and to be part of a group. Folk dances can be a bridge to another culture, but they can also link different cultures. These dances occur across all cultures. In some cultures they are still interwoven with everyday life, in other cultures they have lost their original purpose and become folklore or a spectacle performed for tourists. For some people folk dances regain importance the moment they start or have to start a new life in a foreign country, which is the reality for many refugees at the moment. For this reason we will start this seminar with "Dabke Community Dancing". I will introduce ”Dabke” to you at the university and the Sunday after there will be a public workshop in Berlin on the 3th of November. Two Syrian artists - the professional dancer Medhat Aldaabal and the percussionist Ali Hasan - will be teaching this traditional circular dance to anyone in Berlin who is interested in learning it. It is very popular in the Middle East and has many variations. Meeting point: Sunday 3th of November, 16.30 pm, Radialsystem, Holzmarktstrasse 33, 10243 Berlin. The workshop starts at 17pm. The following Mondays at the university I will teach you a couple of mostly European circle dances.
For our exam, you will research folk dances from your home country and teach everyone else an easy dance. I expect that we will have a lot of fun together.