Well, it’s that time again. It’s the end of the year and a start of a new one. It’s time to reflect on what you’ve done over the last 12 months and set some goals for the next year. This year my son turned 2 years old and my daughter was born. That alone is a great blessing. I was also lucky enough to get more involved in the community and began teaching beginner/basic martial arts (Brazilian Jiujitsu / BJJ) which lead me to Dabke and the chance to meet some great people I wouldn’t have met otherwise. There is something to be learned here. Let me break it down;
My goal last year was to get back into BJJ after having left the sport for two years. So I looked around for gyms and everyone was charging $100+ per month which was too much for me at the time. I happened to find a little place where the Instructor allowed me to use the gym if I taught some beginner BJJ. At that same place I just happened to run into a group of guys that were trying to start some Dabke lessons and joined in. Fast-forward to the end of the year and now I’m doing Dabke twice a week, every week! Working to achieve one goal, lead me to some amazing opportunities. Remember to think about your goals and set them. Make sure you checkup on your progress quarterly so that you can get a good idea about your progress.
Let me share with you some of the surprise benefits I’ve obtained from learning this amazing and beautiful art!
Songs are new again
Remember some of the Dabke songs you liked? Once you learn Dabke, you start listening with a different ear. You really start feeling the beats and almost visualizing the dancing that goes along with the songs. The songs come alive again as if you’re listening to them for the first time. What a feeling.
Here are a few I’ve been playing at home and really enjoying:
Knowing that I’ve learned enough Dabke to be able to dance in front of anyone, and I do, it really helps boost your overall confidence in other situations. When you know Dabke you can walk up and lead a line at the next wedding or party without hesitation. Not ready to lead yet? You can join in, again with no hesitation. That feeling alone is great. This leads me to my next point…
SOOOO MUCH FUN!!!
One of the most fun things I’ve ever done. I don’t think anyone dances when they’re sad lol. What do people do when they’re really happy? They start jumping around and dancing. Now imagine how much fun you can have at the next wedding or party you attend? What if it was your wedding or party? Even more fun to be had. Then add in a bunch of other people that are having fun and everyone starts dancing together. Wow
I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Dabke get’s you off that couch and moving. There are moves for everyone so you don’t have to be in shape to do it but it will certainly get you in shape as you perform more advanced moves. A fifteen minute session will get you sweating buckets. Fifteen minutes! I wouldn’t recommend it as the only form of exercise but it’s a damn good one to start with, especially for your legs.
Meet new people
It’s a great way to meet new people, especially others that also do Dabke. It’s like finding another person from your home country while traveling. There is an instant connection and it’s a great way to break the ice. The other cool thing about it is that so many people love it that when they find out you know how to dance Dabke, they will want to ask you about it.
What a great way to learn about your culture. The cool thing about having Samir as your teacher is the fact that he knows different types of Dabke from all over the world. In some cases, he knows the towns and cities where the move comes from, its background, how it started, why it was named etc. If you’re young, it’s a nice way to learn about your elders along with some of their traditions. If you have children, this is a great way to learn and pass on the knowledge to your family.
These are just six items I thought of while putting together this post, as a beginner student. I’m sure as I progress in my learning I will realize a bunch of new benefits.
How about you? Are you trying to learn Dabke? Do you wish you could dance to some of your favorite Dabke songs properly? Stick around this site and you will get that opportunity.
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My Dabke goals for 2013 are as follows:
1 – Be Samir’s best student
2 – Help others learn via this website and other online tools
3 – Perform Dabke in front of 200 to 500 people (helping me get over my stage fright)