For centuries, dance has been used as a way of expression and as a symbol of joy. One Vancouver group is using a traditional dance to do just that.
Brothers Haytham and Zaid Al Hamaydeh started Canadabkeh in 2019. The group practices Dabkeh, a folk dance that originated in the Levant. The dance consists of mainly foot movements and started when home builders would stomp on their roofs in Lebanon. Since then, Dabkeh has been performed all over the Middle East at joyous events like birthdays and weddings.
But for Haytham and his brother, Dabkeh isn’t just a way to express joy, it’s also a way to express political resistance.