The Somali Museum Dance Troupe
The Somali Museum Dance Troupe studies and perform traditional dances from all regions Somalia. Comprised of teens and young adults from the greater Twin Cities area, the troupe has performed for countless corporate, private and public events, with events taking place all across Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia, Ohio, and Texas.
The Somali Museum Dance Troupe is made up of high school and college students from the Minneapolis metro who are passionate about sharing their Somali culture. These youth attend schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and most of them have only been in the US for a few years.
Abdi Yusuf 2015
Ahmed Dufan 2016
Khadra Egehi 2016
Nuurto Arlaadi 2017
Mohamoud Osman Mohamed
Dance Troupe Assistant and Education Coordinator:
Mohamud Cawil Mohamed
Libaax at Mall Karmel Square
Fab Faith Fashions
Aweys at Mall 24
Somali Dances that the Somali Museum Dance Troupe has learned
Originated from the town of Zeila in northern Somaliland. Its origins lay with the Suufi sect of Islam. It began as a Suufi chanting and slowly developed into a dance. The lyrics still used remain as they were for hundreds of years, which are mostly Islamic-oriented. It has strong connection to Samaroon (Gidabursi) clan more than anyone.
(Meaning big leap or step) is exclusive to the Isaac tribe of Somaliland and Haud region in eastern Ethiopia. It originates in Northern Somalia and played in most Somali weddings and festive occasions.
It originates from Ogadenia region which is the Somali region of Ethiopia. This dance is the most popular Somali dance that is played nearly in every Somali festive celebrations. The dhaanto was inspired by the camel and mimics the actions of the camel. The Ogaden is notoriously nomadic people with more than 90% in the rural area. The dance-song was revived during the Dervish period in the early 20th century, when it was used to raise the 'spirts' of soldiers and was often sung on horseback.
It belongs to the Issa clan of the Somalis (they inhabit Djibouti, Northern Somalia and the Somali region of Ethiopia), this dance is also played by all of Somalis. This dance is also known as the warrior dance.
It originates from Southern Somalia and mainly by the Marehan clan of the Daarood. It is also popular amongst other Somalis and played in Somali festive occasions.
It originates from Southern Somalia in particularly the capital city Mogadishu. This dance is similar to a Yemeni dance and possibly came to Somalia through Yemeni-Somali interactions.