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Syrian folk dancers stomp their way into Egyptian society

Syrian refugees who formed a dabke troupe four years ago are increasingly popular at Egyptian weddings, birthdays and other celebrations.
Members of an Arabian group perform a traditional Dabke folk dance during the African-Chinese cultural festival, organised by Egypt's Ministry of Tourism, on the historic Moez Street, in Cairo, Egypt July 25, 2016. Picture taken July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - D1BETSEAVPAA

In recent years, Syrian dabke, an Arab folk dance native to the Levant, has became a popular feature at Egyptian events, largely due to a Syrian dancer, who, fleeing war, landed in Alexandria.

Mahmoud Abu al-Ezz arrived in Egypt four years ago from Damascus, where he was born and raised. Like so many other Syrians, he and his family fled for their lives to escape the Syrian civil war. They did so at the risk of losing their careers, which in Abu al-Ezz's case had began in the alleyways of the Syrian capital.

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