Dabke (also debke and dabkeh) is the traditional folk dance of the Levant, going back generations, and is also the national dance of Lebanon. It can be danced by men, women, or both, with different steps and different rhythms being more common in different areas of the Middle East. Dabke is a dance of community, often performed at weddings and other joyous occasions. Dabke is a line dance, similar to other folk dances of Turkey, Greece, Armenia, and Eastern Europe. Its meaning in Arabic is �stomping of the feet,� and stomping, as well as jumping and kicking, are moves that characterize the dabke in a unique manner.

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