Ahmad Joudeh

Dance or Die

Ahmad Joudeh

Dance or Die


  Selected Interviews and Presentations


2019.04.02 Great Big Story

Dancing for His Life


Ahmad Joudeh was born in a refugee camp in Syria. At the tender age of 8, he discovered the magic of dance. From that day on, his world was transformed. Dance provided an escape from the tumultuous world that surrounded him. He began to post videos of his performances online, and was eventually discovered by the Dutch National Ballet where he was offered a scholarship. Now, Joudeh continues to dance for art, for culture and for history.

2018.06.21 www.euronews.com

Syrian Ahmad Joudeh risked his life to teach dance - article & video

Report and interview when Ahmad Joudeh was invited to dance at an event "Together in Solidarity"  organised by European Parliament, celebrating UN World Refugee Day, on 20 June 2018  

See Agenda 2018.06.20

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2018.06.09 TEDxVicenza

Ahmad Joudeh told his story and how dancing saved his life.

See Agenda 2018.06.09

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Ahmad Joudeh - from RaiPlay.it

2018.01.01 RaiPlay.it

Ahmad Joudeh tells his story

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Raw video for production of a teaser ad video for "Roberto Bolle - Danza con me" of 1 January 2018

In this 12 min-long video, Ahmad Joudeh talks not only about his "dream come true" story, but also about some of his experiences in the civil war in Syria and what it means for him to dance.

Meet Ahmad Joudeh!

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2017.08.25 The New York Times, USA

2017.07.28 CNN

TV News 

A Syrian refugee's defiant dance

A report with an interview when Ahmad Joude danced to the song Dance or Die composed and sung by SANGA with The Sankofa Unit in Paris, 20 July 2017

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2017.06 FLUX Laboratory

FLUX Laboratory - Interview and performance of "One in a million" 

Because I am a dancer, I am alive.
This 10 min-long video includes Ahmad Joudeh's story of the life-threatening situation he experienced in the civil war in Syria, and how he rescured not only himself, but aslo people he was with. 

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2017.08.10 The What Dance Can Do Project

2017.05.22 BBC Radio "Outlook"

I danced in the rubble of my home

Ahmad Joudeh never gave up his dream of becoming a dancer. When so-called Islamic State threatened to kill him, he got a tattoo which says "it's dance or die". Now he's a dancer for the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. (Picture credit: Michel Schnater.) 

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2015.01.15 radio "arabology"

Interview with Ahmad Joudeh, Contetant on 'So You Think You Can Dance' (Arabia)

A telephone interview after participation in SYTYCD in 2014.


Interview with Ahmad Joudeh, a contestant on the Arabic version of 'So You Think You Can Dance' who moved millions with his moving performances and dedication to dance--a fact that enabled him to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in order to achieve his moment in the sun.

Arabology is a radio program that is hosted by Dr. Ramzi Salti, Lecturer at Stanford University, showcasing music and other cultural productions from the Arab world.

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Last update of this page: 2019.04.05