Who we are
To create an establishment that will promote and preserve the original Palestinian culture and traditions through the practice and performance of the Arab folk dance known as "Dabke".
Jafra Dabke Team is a group of young Arab-Americans set out to promote and preserve the Palestinian culture through the teaching, showcase and performance of the traditional folk dance known as Dabke.
Founded in 2011, this group was originally formed to perform for local cultural events. Shortly thereafter, the group's popularity had grown, and has performed throughout North America primarily along the west coast for weddings, conventions and everything in-between.
- Omar Sarhan (Manager/Advisor)
- Ahmad Ali (Team Manager)
- Naji Ali
- Waseem Sbait
- Abdalla Elaameir
- Abdal Al-Hussein
- Omar El-Himri
- Bilal Khilfeh
- Bilal Judeh
- Ahmad Hamdan
- Sammi MFB (California Regional Manager)
Dabket Shebab is a kids group now trained and coached by the Jafra Dabke Team. These young boys from the ages of 4 - 12 learn the cultural foundation of the Palestinian people through the dance and performance of Dabke, all while making life long friendships and building courage to perform in front of large community audiences.
What is Dabke?
Dabke is an Arabic folklore popular within most Arab countries. It originated from Bilad- Alsham, which includes Palestine, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Dabke is a rhythmic dance that is performed by a group of people who swing their legs and stomp their feet in synchronization. Dabke is performed differently within Arabic countries and villages. There are many types of Dabkes, but the Shamilyah has always been the most well-known and performed.
Whether or not Dabke is performed amongst common people or professional groups like ourselves, it has always been the most exciting part of every wedding or event.