Debke Line Dance: Cooperation/Collaboration through Music and Dance
Debke crosses political, religious and ethnic borders, making it a truly multicultural experience in history and social studies. It is danced at weddings and parties in Israel, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
Students take turns line dancing and playing musical instruments from the Middle East: defs (goatskin hand drums), a riq (drum/tambourine) and doumbek (finger drum).
Different versions of this program are available for the following grade levels: 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th.
Appropriate for ages: Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12
Safira Zeki is a versatile teacher, choreographer and performer of world dance. She has studied dance in Cairo, Bangalore and New York, and has staged 6 concerts at Century II’s Mary Jane Teall Theater. In her Arts Partners programs, she shares her knowledge and love of world cultures through the dances of many countries, from North Africa and the Mediterranean region to Spain. Owner of Safira’s Center for World Dance, she believes that through movement–first by learning, then by sharing with others in performance–we promote a greater friendship between cultures.