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The Dance for Peace fund was launched in 2016 to support the young Syrian dancer, Ahmad Joudeh.
Ahmad Joudeh (1990) was born and raised in the Palestinian refugee camp, Yarmouk, in Damascus, Syria. Ever since his childhood, his dream was to be a dancer. Despite intense opposition from some family members and society in general, Ahmad attended dance lessons, often in secret.
Ahmad was trained at Syria’s major dance company the Enana Dance Theatre from 2006 to 2015 and studied at the Damascus based Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts between 2009 and 2016. In his free time he also taught dancing to orphans and young people with Down’s Syndrome at the SOS villages around Damascus.
In 2014 Ahmad starred in the Arabian version of “So You Think You Can Dance”. His appearance in this programme earned him fame both at home and abroad.
For further information of Ahmad Joudeh, see www.ahmadjoudeh.com
The Dutch journalist, Roozbeh Kaboly, spotted Ahmad on the Facebook page of the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts and travelled to Damascus to document the life of Ahmad and his family for the Dutch news programme “Nieuwsuur”. The moving and inspirational documentary “Dance or Die” has also been broadcast by the international media, including the BBC, Channel 4 News, Arte and France 2. It has been viewed by millions of people across the globe.
After seeing the documentary, Ted Brandsen, director of the Dutch National Ballet was inspired to help Ahmad. Together with individuals and colleagues from The Netherlands, the Dutch National Ballet has succeeded in bringing Ahmad to The Netherlands to continue his studies and career here. The Dance For Peace Fund was founded in order to support Ahmad in his living and study costs and to help him realise his lifelong ambition. The fund will also be used in the future to facilitate other young, talented dancers who find themselves in similar situations to Ahmad.