Funouniyat - Bard Dabkeh Brigade - ISO Cultural Show 2016
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

Funouniyat - Bard Dabkeh Brigade - ISO Cultural Show 2016

​Joy Al-Nemri and Sawyer Dohman of the Bard Dabkeh Brigade performing "Funouniyat" at Bard College's annual ISO Cultural Show.​


The Bard International Student Organization (ISO) Cultural Show is definitely one of the largest student-run events on campus every year. It’s the thing that pushes us through the mid-semester slump right before Thanksgiving. There are always the returning acts, the Chronik Vibez Step Team and Afropulse, as well as smaller acts from people just looking to share a piece of their lives, their histories.

Though not Middle Eastern, this is the second year I’ve been a part of the cultural show as a member of the Dabkeh group. Dabkeh is a modern Arab folk dance that includes aspects of circle dance, line dance, and stomp and is performed as a social dance at weddings and celebrations.

Last year there was a Dabkeh class, so we all got to perform what we’d been learning. This year, I performed only with the wonderful Joy Al-Nemri, who has cultural and ethnic roots in the dance.

Even so, I’m a midwesterner with a western European lineage. I have little to offer a cultural show, and even less to offer to a cultural show put on by the International Student Organization; I just like to dance. It’s a wonderful experience, though. The members of the ISO are kind and efficient—one of the hosts asked me a few times how to pronounce my name so he wouldn’t get it wrong on stage—and people I’d never met before were shaking my hand and hugging me after the performance to let me know I’d done well. The atmosphere was incredibly supportive, empowering, and the breath of fresh air we all needed on the tail end of this tense week. They were even handing out safety pins backstage.

Certain things may seem bleak right now, but these are the types of things we need to hold onto, the types of communities worth forming. If there’s anyway to get involved in these sorts of things, trust me, it’s worth it. If there’s not, then start working on them.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments