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Dancing to the beats of a cause

Dhanusha Gokulan / 3 June 2012

UAE dance community puts up a show for charity

Syrian nationals and brother duo Ghassan (22) and Mohammed Karman (25) say they love to dance. The younger brother Ghassan Karman, who is also an accountant by profession, picked up dancing after seeing his older brother dance. Freestyle and hip-hop professionals, the brothers say things get better for when they use their talents for a cause.

Organised by the Rotaract Club of Jumeirah, a volunteering service club organisation, several dancers from across the UAE put on their dancing shoes and danced the night away for ‘Dance my Community’ a charity event, held last week at the American University of Dubai. The event raised funds for the Palestine Red Crescent Society. It was all fun and play till the African drum group, Dubai Drums, stepped into the act. 
  The lively beats and dance moves left the stiffest person in the crowd wanting to tap his feet. Meanwhile, two seven-year-old hip-hop dancers stole the show and a hear-rendering monologue by actress Dana Dajani left the audience feeling nostalgic.

Dubai Drums at the charity dance show held at the American University of Dubai. — KT photos by Grace Guinoyouth

The UAE dance community put up a show of genres ranging from jazz, hip-hop, Emirati, African, commercial jazz, burlesque and  a Michael Jackson impersonator among other lively performances.  The event raised over Dh30,000 for the society.

“There is nothing like using our talents as dancers to give back to the society. I personally got involved with dancing a lot more in 2010, after I performed at some local shows. I have done a lot of charity shows back home in Syria. It’s all about being part of something good,” said Ghassan. The brothers are part of the Sharmila Dance Academy in Dubai. They occasionally train young children with hip-hop dance routines.

British national Daniel Lee, a choreographer with the UK based dance troupe, Jampacked, put the entire show together. “Jampacked moved to Dubai about seven months ago.

We focus on dance routines like jazz, Latin, ballet and commercial jazz. It took me about 10 hours to put the entire show together. It was easy because all the dancers were professionals,” said Lee. 

He began dancing at the age of 18. “Performing at Dance my Community was exciting and this is my first charity dance event in Dubai. It was nice and easy and we had a really good team to work with,” added Lee.

Khadra Osman, Community Service Committee Director, Rotaract Club of Jumeirah said: “Dancing is a beautiful form of expression of culture. Since the UAE is home to an incredible mix of cultures and nationalities, we want to take advantage of the cultural richness by creating a dance show that includes all styles and genres representing UAE residents.”

Rotary and Rotaract organise several projects and activities to help the UAE community, build the leaders of tomorrow and engage with the members of the community who want to make a difference.

dhanusha@khaleejtimes.com

 
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