After clearing away the tables that usually crowd the center of the room, members of Kenyon Students for Justice in Palestine (KSJP) transformed Peirce Pub into a dance floor on April 18.
The space came to a hush as soft pipe music poured out of the Pub’s sound system. Hanaa Ibrahim ’22 took center stage and led a group of around 20 students in Dabkeh — an Arab folk dance traditionally performed during.
Ibrahim told the audience about how she had often performed the dance in high school. She waited for the music to build before she began to dance. Dabkeh features rhythmic back and forth stomping motions that grow until a dancer’s feet lift from the ground. Ibrahim showcased this aspect of Dabkeh by leaping gracefully across the Peirce Pub stage.
She paused, and then encouraged the small crowd gathered before the stage to try out the dance for themselves. “The most important thing for Dabkeh is that you have a soul,” Ibrahim said. The crowd burst into nervous laughter and then began to dance.