If art doesn’t resemble us, it is worthless

Maestro Abdel-Halim Caracalla challenged the status quo and became the first person to bring the tradition of folk dance to the Lebanese stage as a professional work of fine art.

To this day, the Middle Eastern society praises children who become doctors and engineers, and scratch their heads when students say they want to become professional musicians, actors, or even get into the field of dance. One can only imagine how bizarre the idea of creating a dance school was back in the 60s.

Caracalla became legendary, not only in Lebanon but around the world, for the magnificent performances and rich presentations he kept creating. He founded dance schools that have distinguished themselves as the most prominent in the Middle East until now, representing the Lebanese and regional culture and history internationally.

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