How to Dance in an Islamic Wedding

Written by sarah meem
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How to Dance in an Islamic Wedding
Muslim weddings are almost 90 per cent dancing. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Muslim weddings are two parts: the religious marriage ceremony and the wedding party. The religious marriage ceremony often happens several months prior to the wedding party. Many consider the ceremony now to be a period of "engagement" for the couple to get to know each other better before they have the wedding party and move in together. At the wedding party, the reception can either be gender-separate for together. While it is common to have a gender-separate wedding, non-separate weddings are also common. Dabkha is a style of dancing that is very popular with both men and women.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    For Women Only

  1. 1

    Gather a group of women in a circle in the dance floor in front of the bride's stage.

  2. 2

    Play music that has a drum beat in it. Many Arab, African and Southeast Asian music have a drum beat that is easy to move your hips to.

  3. 3

    Take turns having one or two women dancing in the centre of the circle with the other women clapping to the beat.

  4. 4

    Dance to the beat when you are in the centre of the circle. Shake your hips from side to side in a belly-dancing style. Move your hands in the air in a snakelike fashion and in ways that frame your torso.

    Dabkha - For Men and Women

  1. 1

    Join hands with other dancers to form a slight semicircle or curved line.

  2. 2

    Cross the left foot over the right foot. Place your weight on your left foot and step over to the right with your right foot.

  3. 3

    Repeat the crossover step following the beat. If the beat is fast, then you will need to be fast with the crossover steps, but if the beat is slow then complete the crossover steps at your leisure.

  4. 4

    Kick out your left foot slightly to the right.

  5. 5

    Stomp your left foot after the kick on the ground. Keep repeating Steps 1 through 5.

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