Salaam Debkah. Photo: by Jeff Berman
Founded at Bay Ridge?s Arab American Association in 2001, Salaam Debkah promotes youth development and Arab cultural forms. Practicing weekly, under the direction of Sheren Attal, Salaam Debkah is now a core component of Attal?s emerging Yallah Youth Arts Organization. The troupe performs social line debkah and narrative choreographies (known as folklor), which are related to Arab and Arab American social and cultural issues. They enliven events throughout Brooklyn, performing at the Arab American Association?s annual Arab American Heritage Week celebration in Brooklyn, and have taught debkah workshops through BAC?s Folk Feet traditional dance project.