Ahmad Joudeh was born in a refugee camp in Syria. At the tender age of 8, he discovered the magic of dance. From that day on, his world was transformed. Dance provided an escape from the tumultuous world that surrounded him. He began to post videos of his performances online, and was eventually discovered by the Dutch National Ballet where he was offered a scholarship. Now, Joudeh continues to dance for art, for culture and for history.
Because I am a dancer, I am alive. This 10 min-long video includes Ahmad Joudeh's story of the life-threatening situation he experienced in the civil war in Syria, and how he rescured not only himself, but aslo people he was with.
Audio I danced in the rubble of my home Ahmad Joudeh never gave up his dream of becoming a dancer. When so-called Islamic State threatened to kill him, he got a tattoo which says "it's dance or die". Now he's a dancer for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. (Picture credit: Michel Schnater.)
A telephone interview after participation in SYTYCD in 2014.
Interview with Ahmad Joudeh, a contestant on the Arabic version of 'So You Think You Can Dance' who moved millions with his moving performances and dedication to dance--a fact that enabled him to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve his moment in the sun.
Arabology is a radio program that is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing music and other cultural productions from the Arab world.