Learn Debka at the ACCC
About the Course:
The ACCC's Debka course is open to any Arab and non-Arab community members interested in learning how to dance debka and learning about the art form! The early classes will begin with oral history about debka as an intrinsic part of Arab societies, identity, practices and in some cases cultural survival by course instructor and guest lecturers.
Course instructor Jehad Al Shamarkheh will discuss where, how, why, and when debka is practiced in the Arab world with an emphasis on refugee camps in Palestine. The instructor will also allow the students to explore variations of the dance and music it is customarily practiced with through examining a diverse array of videos covering Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Jordan. Students will also participate in interactive workshops discussions about art and culture as an intrinsic part of individual and collective identities which will enhance their knowledge and appreciation for debka.
The course will begin by teaching students basic techniques and steps customarily a part of any improvised or staged version of the dance. By week three and four students will begin learning a dance with a story line choreographed by the instructor which they will complete by the end of the 11 week course.
Ages 15 and up
Fees: General $115, Members/Students: $100
Students can enroll by emailing the ACCC at
or calling us at 415-664-2200.