These 3 Muslim Women Hip-Hop Dancers Sure Know How To Break A Leg (And Stereotypes)

Posted on May 28, 2016

By Merril Diniz:

US-based choreographer, artist and teacher Amirah Sackett is passionate about two things – her faith and hip-hop.

Amirah, along with her fellow dancers Iman and Khadhija, perform a hip-hop style known as “popping”, fully clad in hijabs and abayas. While all three have a passion for dance, Amirah’s vision is to use dance as a way to encourage conversations on several issues of importance.

Conversations between people of different faiths. Conversations about being Muslim in America. Conversations about being a Muslim woman. Period.

Here’s an interesting example of one such a conversation. “A little boy at a middle school said he hadn’t talked to any Muslims before seeing us dance. After he saw a performance he asked to learn how to do that! I think it made a bridge between us, and he actually thought all Muslims dance like that,” shares Amirah.

The trio has performed across the US and their videos posted online have received a mixed bag of responses, ranging from praise and admiration to vitriolic speech. However, the positive outweighs the negative. In fact, their ensemble ‘We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic’ has become quite a hit, and Amirah was even invited to Bangladesh to collaborate with legendary Baul singers.

Watch this video to check out Amirah’s, Iman’s and Khadhija’s dancing chops!

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