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Traditional Syrian Dance
Syria has known, through its long history, most of the kinds of folklore
dances, but unfortunately those who wrote about folklore dance couldn't
write in details about this art. "The Heritage of Dabka" a book written by
the late writer "Adnan Bin Zurail” is considered one of the most important
refernces about the art of dance. Bin Zurail gives detailed information
about the traditions and development of Dabka. He also shows special
interest in the dance of "Samah “ as one of the old inherited kinds of body
expressions, very popular in all the Syrian regions. Samah was taught as a
respectable and bashful kind of dance , with deep rules, special wording of
songs and ballads, tunes and rhythms.
Folklore dance in Syria was not merely a Dabka (beating the ground with feet
in regular steps), but rather it was accompanied by rhythmic movements with
men carrying swords or canes. Some kinds of dance were expressionist, while
others were social or valorous.
The present generation of dancers of Aleppo, learnt the Samah from Omar
alBatsh, Abdulwahab Seifi, Saleh alBoshi, Adnan Mnini, Omar Aqqad and
others. It has been said that men in Aleppo used to dance this kind of group
dance and still do so until now. They attributed it to Sheikh Aqil of Munboj,
one of the Sufis who inherited it from the ancestors and developed it,
devising new movements of feet, which the dancer, whether male or female,
should follow and sing while moving his /her hands. Sheikh Aqil used to call
his followers who used to dance Samah "sons of art “A "son of art" should
usually learn many tunes so that he can join the group any time, any where,
and follow their steps harmoniously.
Of the most famous dances in Syria is the Dabka, a dance of several light
coordinated steps with movements of the body that express vivacity of the
males and tenderness of the females, accompanied by frequent organized
movements of feet, beating the ground in harmony with a drum, a flute or any
other country musical instrument.
Usually Dabka is danced on songs, ballads or lyrics, any poetical sentences
inherited from the predecessors heritage, usually composed by anonymous
people who didn't study at any institute or conservatory . Dabka is famous
in Syria due to the lightness of movements, diversity of tunes and the joy
it gives during performance. Hence every region of Syria has its own type of
Dabka; Hawran, Deir Ezzor, Khan Sheikhoun, Salamieh, Hama, Qalamoun, and the
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Enana is the only professional dance theatre group in Syria.
“The group was formed about 13 years ago and it’s the only one
of its kind,” says Ms Belova, recalling how none had come
forward to learn dance in Syria when she first landed there. “A
professional school came up only eight years ago and still is
the only one in the entire nation,” she adds. “But we are trying
our best to train young persons and because of our endeavours a
number of people are becoming interested in theatre and dance,”
says Ghied. Ghied and Albina, besides being the major driving
force behind the group, also acted in the plays as Raslan and
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