Argentina,

Kicking Off

Tucked away in Argentina’s Mendoza province, Lebanese and Syrian dancers stomp away to traditional dabke

Writer

Rima Alsammarae

Photographer

Daniela Higa

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‘We dance out of love for our Arab blood,’ says Said Hamdan, director of Ballet Al Arab, a non-profit organisation based in Argentina’s Mendoza province.

Formed in 2001, Ballet Al Arab consists of 20 male and female dancers of Syrian and Lebanese origins. Performing various folk dances from across the Middle East, one of Ballet Al Arab’s popular troupes is its Dabke de Hombres.

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Tucked away in Argentina’s Mendoza province, Lebanese and Syrian dancers stomp away to traditional dabke
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