Ever wondered what’s the first word which comes to the mind if someone says Syria: ISIS. Right? In order to remove such a perception of the country among people, a 27-year-old man who grew up as a Palestinian refugee in a camp in Yarmuk in Syria, is on a mission to show the real image of the country, the side which is not know to many.
Ahmad Joudeh also called the “Syrian Billy Elliot” is trying to portray the real image of the country through his dance. He recently performed in Paris where he was invited by his friend, Sanga, for a special one-off performance.
“Actually I am trying my best to show the real image of the young Syrian people and not the fake one” projected by the Islamic State group, he said. It was Stephen Daldry film that made him realise his dream of becoming a dancer. He received first opportunity in the year 2014 when he made it to the television talent show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’.
In the past, he has also received death threats from the terror organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISISI), but that did not stop him from pursuing his dreams. As luck have it in the year 2016, the a dutch TV journalist made a documentary on him. The documentary “Dance or Die” caught attention of many.
Because of their importance in his life, he has tattooed both the words in Sanskrit on his neck. Having his interest in dancing, he faced opposition from his father when Ahmed was young but that did not deter him. On going back to Syria he said, “I will go back to Syria to create the Syrian national ballet.”