After war, Syrians in Jordan find joy and jobs in dance

Singing joyfully to beating drums, Syrian refugees who fled brutal civil war perform traditional “Arada” dances in neighbouring Jordan, honouring their home culture and earning extra income.

Their performances, featuring traditional robes and whirling swords, have become increasingly popular in Jordan for marking festivities like weddings and parties.

“They add an atmosphere of joy to our celebration,” said Fahed Shehadeh, who hired the Bab al-Hara dance troupe in the capital Amman to mark the graduation of his two sons from university.