About Dabke

Dabke is a traditional Arab folk dance found primarily across the Levant region in the Middle East, with regional variations in Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

It is a joyful and defiant dance characterised by rhythmic stomping of the feet, and is often, but not exclusively, danced in a line or other formation led by a leader who determines the steps.

Typically danced at festivals, harvests and weddings, this traditionally celebratory dance form has become closely associated with political and national aspirations in Palestine, and has come to represent Palestinian identity and cultural resistance in Palestine and the diaspora.

Whilst Al Zaytouna promotes and celebrates traditional Palestinian Dabke, the group also experiments with more contemporary interpretations of this vibrant dance form through the introduction and interplay of different dance influences and traditions.