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Jamila Jad - Beirut, Lebanon - Arabic (Global Lives Project, 2009) ~09:02:56 - 09:17:56

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In a straight line, in a straight line. Look, straight line. Try to get in a straight line. I'm trying to explain... there's noise from the back. I'm trying to explain that we... that the most important thing in this dance... Hussain! Never look down and stay in a straight line. And we follow the leader. Ahmed, Ahmed, Ahmed! Get down. OK? Now... now we want to go back and remember that song. Let's step to the song. Ok? Together... Hold hands and walk with me and put your feet back. Let's go, one, one, two. One, two, three, four, keep your head up. One, two, three, four, five, six and want to hear you stamp. Three, four, five, six. One, two... Omar... five, six. One, two, three, four, five, six... On five, six we stamp. Three, four, five... One, two, three, four... Six. Don't look at each other, everyone look forwards. One, two, three, four, five, six... I want a straight line, come on! Three, four, five, six... Keep your head up. Three, four, five, six... In a straight line. Three, four... On the spot, in a straight line... I want you to stop walking. -Who's that? -Stay in a straight line, look where you're standing... at the back. I don't know. Your cousin, look. In a line, we keep doing this. When I say a straight line, it means we stop and we do number one on the stop. Three, four, five, six. We put our feet up in the air when I say five, six. Show me, look how... Look. One, two, three, four, stamp and five, six starts in the air. Stop, five, six. Let's all watch it together, come on! One, without walking. I don't want anyone looking down, look ahead. One, two, on the spot. One, two, on the spot, no walking. Did you see what I'm doing? Watch what I'm doing, no walking. We don't walk, not a single step. One, two, on the spot, three, four, five, six, not a single step. I don't do number one. My left foot stays forwards, I just bend my knees. Three, four, five, six... Show me, let me see. One, two. One, two, three, four, foot up. I want your foot five, six, like that, five, six. Feet in the air together, you hear me? Let's do it again. One, get back in line, enough. One, two. One, two, three, head up, five, six. Look ahead. Three, four, five, six. Continue, one, two, three, four, five, heads up. One, two, three, four, heads. One, two, three, four, five, six, I want a stamp, up in the air. Three, four five. Let's try to follow the rhythm a bit. Let's try the rhythm - Mr. Riyadh! Where are you? Come here. Ok... You, Aya, last in the line. No. -Isra. -Teacher, me, me! -Get in line between Aya and the last two. -Abeer between Noor and... -Teacher, me! -No, there. Yes, here, yes. -And I want... -Teacher, me! Teacher, me! -Zainab. Between those two boys, Rabia and Noor, come on! Straight line. You, what's your name? Remind me of your name. -Khalid. - Khalid? Khalid Jerdeh. -Khalid Jerdeh, is that right? -Yes. Don't look down, keep looking forwards. We all have to realise that there are people watching us. That's why we say "Look forwards". We don't want to look down, you hear me? Come on, can we hold hands? We always keep our right hand behind our left. The other way around, Raneem. This hand, this hand, this one here. Yes, change it. Come on, together. Let's start together, one, two... One, two, three, four, five, six. Now I want you to shout with each stamp. (shout) Shout louder! That's it! Now let's sing together. ♫(singing)♫ ... I want to see a stamp. Straight line. No more walking, the line is straight, stop. On the spot, on the spot, down. Stamp, up, up, up, stamp. Shout together. Louder, shout louder! Keep your head up, Johnny! Stamp, yes, stamp. Miss Jamila. -Miss Jamila. -Yes, fine. -Miss Jamila. -Very good. -Look. Very good, but there's something you have to know. When we stop in a line. - Yes, it's OK, he's tired. - Me too. - Nobody stands like that, look at me... no. You'll never be accepted for anything. Now, Jamila, has she practised yet? Let's try, let's practice the beginning, here. Look like this, stand in line, stand in line. When we want to form a straight line, we do something very... We do one thing only. We stand in line. I'm standing in line with you. This line, make a straight line. Keep it straight, keep it straight, keep it straight, walk in line, step back. Now I'm standing like this, me and the rest of the line. I don't do this to form a straight line. I don't look like this. I look to my right. I look towards my shoulder. Now when I'm out here, what do I do? I get in line. Did you all hear what I said? Now, we have Zainab out here and she got in line. Do get what I mean? But, when we want to make the line straight, Omar... Here, I don't look there to see if the line is straight, I look towards my shoulder. I look to see if I'm out or in and I get in line. The most important thing in this dance is keeping a straight line. This dance is called the "Debkeh", why do we call it the "Debkeh"? Why did they call it the "Debkeh"? Because it is based on a straight line, not because of jumping or stamping or whatever... When we stand in line, I immediately want a straight line. And another very important point, you have to keep looking forward and what else? You have to keep smiling, not serious, smiling. We're dancing, but we're smiling, there's a smile on our faces. I see one looking at the floor, another looking miserable, another I don't know what's wrong with him... We want to keep smiling. Smiling, all right, OK? The second group, get up, you little ones, sit here a little bit. OK. Go over there. Aya, stop Aya. Stand here. Put it on the side, put it on the side. Where's the line? The straight line. Where do you look, Aya, do you look at the floor? This line's crooked. Yes, a bit more. Stop. Hisham, you're walking, not dancing. In this dance I want to see you doing this, I don't want to see you doing this. Not a single step, I want to see you doing this. I want to see you doing one, two, three, four, five, six. Like this, I don't want you to walk, I don't want it. Flex, if you can't flex, then at least do this. Look, do you hear? Ok, so let's do it again together, Wael. Come to me, sit here, come here. Sit here and don't move, sit here. Now, let's stand here, let's stand here, let's stand here. Let's stand here, get back. I want do it step by step. Step by step, I want to see it. Make a straight line. Come closer Aya, come closer like this... Isra. You and you Jamila, you're always looking at the floor. I don't want your heads down, do you hear? We are not dancing for the floor. I want you and me to do very clean movements. I don't want any old movements. You and me, the most important thing is to jump on two feet, not one foot, I mean don't do it like this. Whoever does it like this, is wrong. We want to jump with both feet. Some of you are jumping on one foot, like Manal, for example. Ah, she looked at me. You and me, one, two, three, four, five, six. Together, let's do it all together, and stamp at once. One, two. One, two, three, four, five, six. On six, Manal, only once. And then I want two jumps in the middle, not one. Like this. - Don't shout. OK, look at me. I'm going to do it again, look at me, Abeer. You're jumping only once. One, two, one, two, together. One, two, three, four, five, six. Ok, let's do it again. One, two. One, two, three, four, five, six, why are you ahead of us? When I'm counting, you still get it wrong, Aya. What if I don't count? Because I said one, two and they started. Let's do it again, we'll do it only once, no-one does it more than once, one, two. Once. Only once. - Let's do it again, I want stamp, stamp. You're not stamping at all, Aya, I want to hear you stamp. Always keep the line straight. Did you hear me, Zainab? Keep a straight line, don't get out of line here. One, two. Heads like this. Do you hear? My head is like this, look at me. One, two. Then stamp, why why why are you doing it like this? Why are you stamping forwards? There are still people not doing it right. Don't do it quickly, stay with me, we're still at six, I count in my head, not too quick. Let's do it again, I want it with a shout. With a shout, come on, one, two. We do it once only. A want to see a stamp, a stamp like this. Ok, come on, let's do it again. One, two. Ok, good. We did it me and you, we did it once, twice, three times. I want to see me and you, to three and that's all. That means, I do, look at me, three and that's all. I do one, two, three, four, we did tak, tak, tak, tak, dum, tak. The stamp is from below, not from above. Tak, dum, tak, I have one, two, three, four, five, six. What did we agree, on this six, what do we do? Who knows what we do on this last six? When I'm explaining something, Isra, don't do anything. Do you hear? I'm asking you, what do we do here? Last thing. -What did I do? -You stamped. Was a stamp the last thing I did? I want you to concentrate with me, don't move. Do you hear? I'll do it again. One, two, three, four, now tak, tak, tak, dum, tak. Tak, dum, tak, last move, one, two, three, four, five, six, with your shoulders. That's the last move, you don't stamp with your shoulders... This move, there are some of you doing this on one. This on one is wrong, one should be on my right shoulder. I do it with my right shoulder, one, two, three, four, five, six. Get off the desks and come and sit down here, or I'll throw them on top of you! Sit down there, I don't want to hear a noise. Let's do it again, now, only this move. You and me, last time with the song. One, two, three, four, five, six, I want to see shoulders moving forwards and back into place. Is the line straight? Move a bit closer together. Together, heads up, everyone looking ahead. We're looking ahead, Isra. One, two. One, two, three, four. Tak, tak, tak, dum, tak, tak, dum, tak. One, two, three, can you see what's wrong? This is what I'm talking about, not one. Aya, right shoulder on one, where's your right shoulder? Where is it? Go towards your right shoulder. So it's one, two, three, four, five, six. Show it to me again, one more time. No, all of it, you and me, last time. And I want to hear a stamp, I can't hear a stamp. This, this, I want to hear it. I want to hear three stamps, OK, one, two... One, two, three, four. Tak, tak, tak, dum, tak, tak, dum, tak. One, two, three, four, five, six, bravo! I don't want you looking at the floor. You're doing the move just like this. Do it forwards.

Video Details

Duration: 15 minutes
Country: Lebanon
Language: Arabic
Producer: GL Lebanon
Director: Irene Herrera/Ron Carr
Views: 151
Posted by: glplebanon on Jun 26, 2009

Jamila at dance lessons.

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