Pierre Khoury


Pierre Khoury

is a Syrian dancer who earned great reputation through his charisma and technique, specializing in classic oriental, dabke and whirling He trained along mentor Khadija Jabiry. Being a psychology teacher, he uses his academic training in dance coaching. He specializes in choreographing oriental pieces with arabic interpretation, hence a thematic workshop’ series called ‘Arabitude’. He was featured as a judge for oriental dance competitions in the Montreal community and continues to strive as a dancer and choreographer.


Powerful Oriental (advanced)
Sunday, June 26, 2022 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

In this workshop, you will learn a full choreography that is meant to attack the stage and captivate your audience. Through dynamic combinations and capturing changes in musicality, you will impress in this energetic and refined performance. What to expect: The focus will be on learning and repetition of the choreography. It is meant for advanced dancers, but all levels are welcome to come break a sweat!

Emotional Tarab (advanced)
Saturda, June 25, 2022 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Pierre Khoury will bring you into his key signature choreographies and styling to tarab music. How to dance on stories of breakups or pain from being far from a loved one? This workshop is specifically designed to gain knowledge into interpretation of music and how to dance in a way that is representative and sensitive to what the song evokes.

What to expect: Seizing nuances in dance, and how to 'texturize movement'. Simplicity in choreography, yet impressing with relevant pauses, and variations in energy and tempo. Understanding how to convey relevant emotion through movement and interpretation.

Dabke (all levels)
Friday, June 24, 2022 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Pierre Khoury has done many performances of dabke as part of a lebanese zaffe troup for weddings and as a soloist, as well as in social gatherings, dabke being part of his syrian roots.

This workshop will be an overview of the different ways you can incorporate dabke in your dance! Pierre Khoury will give you a taste of what it’s like to perform dabke, the differences between a stage/wedding dabke vs restaurant will be explored, with the possibility (if time allows) of oriental styling within dabke.

This will be done through Choreographic steps, attacking the mawaal, and an understanding of two main dabkes for restaurant (slow 12count or fast 6count).

Moreover, you will practice tapping in your proud self (with perhaps a necessary hint of arrogance :D ) in this folklore that is meant to gather our hearts.

PROGRAM: Dabke Warm-up and combinations (10min) Dabke/oriental choreography (50min) Including men and women styling (we will understand that choreographing dabke has stereotypical gender roles, especially for weddings) Attacking the mawaal (15min) The improvisation part at the beginning Tapping in your stage presence Restaurant Dabke (15min) Differences between fast 6 count dabke and slow 12 count OBJECTIVES: This is an exploratory workshop in which different ways to approach dabke will be exposed Acquire specific dabke steps and technique Understanding main differences between wedding/stage and restaurant dabke Have fun and try different energies in your movement and dance! Including testing out the ‘man’ and the ‘woman’ in dabke

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