Dabke is a folk dance native to the Levant and practiced by Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians and Jordanians. It is often performed at weddings and other joyful occasions. The dancers line up in a row, arc or circle. They are men or women, and the dances are mixed or separated. The line is formed from right to left and the dabke leader heads the line alternating between the audience and the other dancers. The dance is directed by the first dancer who generally defines the direction of the dance and usually performs additional movements that demonstrate his abilities. Dabke is characterized by hitting the ground hard accompanied by singing and folk music. The word dabke is derived from the Arabic word Levantine which means "foot print".
During the lessons, students will learn basic steps of different dabke styles and a choreography in Arabic music. It is a cheerful and energetic dance that besides being fun at the same time serves as a good physical exercise. Being a folk group dance, the connection between the dancers while dancing is essential. They talk to each other, smile and have a good time.