DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – A young Syrian ballet dancer was photographed dancing in the streets of Old Damascus to convey a message of peace; stirring controversial responses.

Yara Khudair; a Syrian ballerina, has become a ‘phenomenon’ overnight when her photos dancing in public places were released on social media.

“For me, ballet dance is a passion. I give it all my time and effort to prove it is a fine art”, Yara said.

“I have seen refusal, denial and criticism in the eyes of people who watched me dancing in the street. I was even addressed with harsh words. Some laughed, others smiled admiringly, but I just went on. All I wanted to say is that dancing is a freedom and art, and that such differences amongst us is something beautiful:, Yara replied when asked about her experience.

The university student and dancer teacher hopes that what she did will act as an impetus for others to freely express themselves in defiance of the obsolete social constraints, making clear that the whole thing was totally improvised and not planned at all.

The public dance stirred controversial reactions from the Syrian people. While some viewed it as a ‘stark challenge for the social and religious norms’, others hailed the daring performance as ‘purely artist and sublime’.

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George El-Khouri
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The vast majority of negative responses was probably not about ballet as such, or not even ballet in the street, but simply about the transparent tights that she wears in some of these pictures. Even in Europe a lot of people would find that unnecessary. Put on a slightly more conservative legwear and then feel free to dance all through Damascus. I’m sure the “controversy” will be minimal.

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It appears she is taking up valuable real estate. Perhaps if she was not in the middle of the sidewalks she would not have have negative remarks.

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“Even in Europe a lot of people would find that unnecessary.”

sure, the moslem trash

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She’s a university student in Syria. I’d rather she dance ballet than swing a loaded AK-47 around.

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The West hates the fact that Syria is a progressive, secular state that doesn’t behead “infidels” – and it’s actually the West that supports the jihadists – the people who would imprison this courageous woman. The way to beat these warmongers is to be better than them!

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Go Yara Khudair! You roxxoe! And moreover you look alike young Kate Bush (who had serious ballerina skills added to universally praised vocal and musical talent). Absolutely lovely. Those with a broomstick in their anüs shall get lost, art has always been the best weapon against bigots and other nut-brained fascistic creeps. Girl, you are freedom and life, you set a wonderful example. Thus take care, better consider carrying a .25ACP or at least an automatic knife or do the Chinese trick : wear a bun with two stilettos as pins and learn to throw them. Unfortunately, many fanatical bigots… Read more »

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Hasbara-nik, your vestigial hatred for Iran is puke worthy. That you will join a positive story about syria with a notional negative story about iran is obviously just another leeway into your own darkness.

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Mullah vile lapdog, your creepy hateful bigotic embezzled regime would jail and whip this artists, the same way you prohibited music. Don’t worry, you’re no better than Saudi-Arabia, I place you on equal grounds : both corrupted from the top to the bottom with populations just dreaming to give your regimes what they deserve : hanging you all to the first street-light (or tree if there are some around). High time to label sharia for what it is : a crime against humanity. The very existence of any regime ran through bigotry only deserve the whole humanity to defecate on… Read more »

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people think that the US is the land of Freedom but in some ways it isn’t due to all the restrictions and laws. Actually personal freedoms have been in decline since the early 1960’s.

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In large part under the creeping influence of those who must be surely familiar to daeshbag, his masters.
if you cannot express yourself freely in countries which used to defend you then dancing is of far less importance in countries with cultures that are more restrictive. Even in europe before eu days not so long ago a lone woman dancing in the steeets just did not really happen.

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“corrupted from the top to the bottom with populations just dreaming to give your regimes what they deserve : hanging you all to the first street-light (or tree if there are some around). ”

Looks like a description of USA and western countries.

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In the US sidewalks are consider public property and local laws apply so you have to have licenses to sell food or products. Yes you can be arrested for nudity, skateboarding , laying on sidewalks, loitering, etc. So depending on the circumstances one could be arrested for dancing if it is considered a public nuisance. United States has thousands of laws.

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According to you “And there’s only one cure for a rabid dog : Euthanasia”
what are you waiting then to commit Euthanasia on yourself and free this forum of your rabbi rabid dog pestilence?

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Did you get your info about Iran from the terrorists that you are harboring.
Funny that a man who is craving for more Yemeni and Palestinian blood is so passionate about dancing.
The war criminal Churchill also said: “I hate Indians. They are a beastly people with a beastly religion.” and that it is their fault that they are dying from a famine because they were “breeding like rabbits” and that Europeans had a right to carry out a genocide against Native people. I suppose that you also agree with those statements.