Who we are
Established in 2012, The Freedom Dabka Group has proudly formed into a cultural icon in the NY/NJ Middle- Eastern community. The team started with just a group of six family members with a deep passion and love for their culture. With hard work, dedication and creativity, The FDG has become a professional, renowned Brotherhood. Through hard-work and passion The FDG continues to grow not only in size, but also in innovation and performance.
Our team's main purpose is to preserve and spread the Palestinian culture by performing in celebratory and cultural events. We would love to see all people, especially people of the Middle East, being able to perform our traditional, deep rooted Dabka and chant the Zaffa. We dance and sing the same Palestinian Folklore our ancestors have been doing for many years. We keep our audience engaged and interested in our skills by performing in a modern way, making it more engaging and attractive for present day society.
From the very beginning, The FDG have prolifically gained wide-popularity amongst their community, leading them to experience new places and meet with influential people, such as politicians, artists, and news media. The team has successfully performed in majority of the States, Canada and even Paris. The FDG has performed with many great artists such as Mohammas Assaf, Amir Dandan,Yacoub Shaheen, and many more prestigious musicians. The team has also been on Aljazeera news, local media, and news paper articles in NY.
Frequently asked Question
How long are your performances? (Dabka,Zaffa,Grand Entrance)
Our Dabka performance is estimated time of 15 min.
How many members Perform in a performance?
A minumin of 6 guys are needed to meet the team's performance expectations. Dependiing on the teams's availablitiy their is a possibility that more guys would be able to make it especially if the event is a later event or on the weekend.
Does The FDG teach Dabka?
The FDG currently do not have a dedicated location that they can schedule Dabka classes.
However the team does offer private lessons that can be scheduled upon request.
What does being part of The FDG mean?
The Freedom Dabka Group is more than a Dabka team, it is a brotherhood! Each one of our members take pride in practing our cultural folkore.
What is the best way to book The FDG?
The best way to book with us, would be to call Amer directly at 347-628-0183. He can best assist you in choosing the package deal that meets your event. If by any chance he does not repond to a phone call, you can leave him a voice or text message.
How do I pay The FDG?
For local performances, a minimum deposit of $200 is needed to secure the date of the event.For out-of state performances the deposit can vary depending on travel expenses.
Does The FDG only perform in Palestinian events ?
Absolutley not, while The FDG are popular in the Middle-Eastern community, especially the Palestinian region, they have performed for Pakistani, Afghany, Uzbek, American, African-American, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, and many diverse cultures. We have also performed in staged events like broadway shows and non-Arab community events. Performing for non-middle-eastern events is more exciting for us, since our culture and talents can be seen by new-eyes. Our fundemantal goal is to spread our culture to the world. To learn more about us please check out our About Us page.
For how many years have you been established?
The FDG have been established since 2012.
How many team members are in The FDG?
We currnetly have 16 team-members and would love to have more.
Where is The FDG located? and do they travel?
The FDG are based out of Brooklyn, NY. They have travelled to majority of the states, canada and even made it to Paris.They are willing to travel just about anywhere in the world. Do not hesitate to contact the team even if you might think we are too far, there can be a chance we have an event close to that day in your area.
Do we offer any Packages?
Yes! We have many different packages for all types of occasions and events. We offer 3 main services which are: a Dabka performance, Traditional Zaffa, and The Grand Entrance. We also can provide drummers to stay thruogh an event as well as a DJ. A customer can book any combination they are interested in having for thier event, You can learn more about our packages and services on our Book online page. You can also email or call Amer directly.
Is the Freedom Dabka group considered a business?
Although we do make little profit on our performances, The FDG is not focused on making a living through the team. The money we make is an incentive to us to continue doing what we do best. Most of the profit is re-invested into the team, with things such as new clothing, instruments, internet adds, car payments, and etc. Each and one of our members either have full-time jobs and are family men, or go to school. Even if the team was to be booked all year round it would not be enough money to sustain a modern day life-style.
I want to join The FDG? How do I sign up?
The FDG is more than happy to allow anybody who is truely passionate about our culture to join. If it has always been your dream to be part of our brotherhood, please do not hesitate to call Amer.
Do other Dabka teams exist?
Yes there are many Dabka teams scattered in the world. In the NYC/NJ area there are at least 3 Dabka teams. We appreciate every Dabka team becuase they have the same passion and love for thier culture as we do in The FDG.
How did you guys start the team?
We started as a few family members that shared the love for Dabka. We first learned the basic Dabka moves and then started to experiment with new, advanced moves. Some of us had previous knowledge about Dabka, which helped build our Dabka foundation. We also were inspired by Dabka teams back home and watched them on youtube, which helped us in creating a unique style of Dabka. We practiced for many months and continued putting hard work and creativity, into our Dabka.
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