Debka (Middle Eastern Folklore) Dance Classes

Debka is a traditional Middle East Folklore dance rooted in rich history and culture. This class will take you step by step through the Traditional Debka, as well as teach variants of the dance, influenced by the Lebanese and Palestinian cultures. Be prepared to enter a journey of not only dance, but traditional Arabic music and history.

Meet the Instructor:

Ibrahim Miari, is a Palestinian Israeli theater artist and educator living in Boston. He holds an MFA in Theater Education from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. He graduated from the Western Galilee College, and the Acco Theatre Center’s Actor Training Program. As a member of the Acco Theatre Center Ensemble for nearly 12 years, Ibrahim directed, danced and acted in various national and international plays as well as in various commercials and short films.  As an actor he was recently seen at “The Fever Chart” production of Underground Railway Theater, Cambridge MA for which he is nominated for the IRNE award 2011. Currently Ibrahim is performing his one man show “In Between”.

Since 1997, Ibrahim has also been performing folkloric, Sufi, and sacred dances. As a member of the Shaharazad Dance Company, he performed at international folk dance festivals in Latvia, Spain, Portugal and Croatia.  In 2002 Ibrahim co-choreographed and danced in “Prayer”, Sacred Music, Sufi, and Sacred Dance show  which was the opening event for the Acco Theater Festival.  The show also toured in Vienna, Istanbul, NYC, and Albuquerque. He has taught Dabkeh dance workshops at high schools and colleges across the US and in 2007 choreographed Sacred Dance show for the Aurora Borealis dance festival at Boston University.

Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm, Wednesdays, 4/13-5/18/2011
Tuition: $120, Drops are welcome $20/class
Instructor: Ibrahim Miari
Location: Center for Arabic Culture located at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, 6B, Somerville


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