Khaznat al-Faroun at Petra, Jordan. Photo taken by Calvin College professor Bert DeVries

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Prince Conference Center
1800 East Beltline SE,
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 526-7800

Experience Experience
Return to the PETRA homepage April 4, 2005 - August 15, 2005
Lost City of Stone

Plan Your Visit: Dance Petra

Petra Family Festival Schedule

  Plan Your Visit
Dance Petra
Experience both traditional and contemporary Middle Eastern dance.

Tickets Prices
$15/adult; $12/children between the ages of 5 and 17. Package for four persons (two adults and two children): $50.

All Tickets Include:
Entrance to the exhibition, Middle Eastern meal catered by Pita House, and one complimentary Polaroid photo per family taken in the "Dress Petra" photo booth!

Call (616) 526-7800 or 1-800-PETRA05 for tickets

News: March 18, 2005
Family Festival on May 7 will Feature lots of Fun for Everyone

12:00 pm

Be greeted by dancers and percussionists outside the Sultan's Tent.

1:00 pm

Experience the Zaffeh, a traditional Jordanian wedding processional, performed with customary Jordanian instruments (including sagaat, mizmar and Kirbe).

1:30, 2:30, 4:00,
5:00, 6:00 pm

Visit one of his five performances of the day and marvel at the swift movements of the Whirling Dervish in his traditional, colorful regalia.

2:00 pm

See the rhythmic traditional Jordanian line dance, the Dabkeh, accompanied by live music using mizmar and kirbeh.

3:00 pm

Hear a piano performance and participate in a workshop with Zade, an award-wining Jordanian pianist and composer. Musicians and music lovers alike will enjoy this inspiring workshop. This performance is partially sponsored by Huntington Bank.

Sa'id Dance Company
Sa'id Dance Company

3:30 pm

Watch the Egyptian Saiidi, a folkloric suite of dances from Upper-Egypt (South Egypt) that reflect the warm and traditional culture of the Nile.

4:30 pm

Experience the folklore of the gulf area, featuring Khleegi dances from Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

5:30 pm

Participate in a Dabkeh Medley featuring a variety of Dabkeh style dances from Jordan and other parts of the Middle East.

Mohamed Shahin, the Whirling Dervish, will be dancing throught the day to traditional music.
Mohamed Shahin, the Whirling Dervish, will be dancing through the day to traditional music.

6:30 pm

Hear live Dabkeh music, watch solo dance performances, and learn some Dabkeh dance moves.

7:00 pm

See the grace and balance employed in the Egyptian Belly Dance performance, Habibi Ya Aini, a traditional dance using props such as a candelabrum. Live Egyptian music will accompany the clever asaya (Egyptian baton) solos with mizmar, nay, and percussion.

7:15 pm

Experience the Festival Finale featuring the acclaimed musician Zade, Jordanian pianist and composer.


  • Dance performances by Sa'id Dance Company,

  • Whirling Dervish acts performed by Mohamed Shahin, a native Egyptian from New York City.

  • Piano performances by Zade Dirani, a native Jordaian award-wining pianist and composer, Zade's performances are partially sponsored by Huntington Bank.

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