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Syrian migrants bring traditional Arab dance to Berlin

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo Medhat Aldaabal, a Syrian migrant from Damascus, shows dance moves at a workshop to learn the traditional Arab da...
In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo Ali Hassan, a Syrian migrant from Damascus, drums at a workshop to learn the traditional Arab dance Dabke in Berl...
In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo a group of people take a part in a workshop, led by Syrian migrants, to learn the traditional Arabic dance Dabke ...
In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo Ali Hassan, a Syrian migrant from Damascus, drums at a workshop to learn the traditional Arab dance Dabke in Berl...
In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo a group of people take  part in a workshop, led by Syrian migrants, to learn the traditional Arabic dance Dabke i...

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo Medhat Aldaabal, a Syrian migrant from Damascus, shows dance moves at a workshop to learn the traditional Arab da...

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo Ali Hassan, a Syrian migrant from Damascus, drums at a workshop to learn the traditional Arab dance Dabke in Berl...

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo a group of people take a part in a workshop, led by Syrian migrants, to learn the traditional Arabic dance Dabke ...

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo Ali Hassan, a Syrian migrant from Damascus, drums at a workshop to learn the traditional Arab dance Dabke in Berl...

In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 photo a group of people take part in a workshop, led by Syrian migrants, to learn the traditional Arabic dance Dabke i...

BERLIN (AP) — With stomping feet, swinging hips, a drumbeat and lots of laughter, two Syrian migrants lead a group of Germans and others in traditional Arab dance at a Berlin studio to promote cultural understanding.

The dance workshops were initiated by Medhat Aldaabal and Ali Hasan, both Syrians who came to Germany as part of a huge wave of asylum-seekers. The idea is to share part of their culture with the country that took them in.

They say after being helped out by Germany, it's their way of giving back and building bridges.

Aldaabal said that "when I see that people are happy, enthusiastic and smiling, then I feel that I'm becoming a part of this country, and this country is becoming a part of me."


Updated : 2021-03-08 00:18 GMT+08:00