Ahmad Joudeh: Dance or Die, From Stateless Refugee To International Ballet Star

The Founder Spirit

Nov 3 2023 • 1 hr 2 mins

In this episode of The Founder Spirit, we talk to Ahmad Joudeh, a dancer and choreographer who overcame immense obstacles. His life story is a true testament to the power of art and the human spirit.

Born in Syria as a stateless refugee, he faced opposition from family and received death threats for pursuing his passion as a ballet dancer. With help from the Dutch National Ballet, he moved to Amsterdam, founded the Dance or Die Foundation and fulfilled his dream.

Ahmad shares how dance helped him survive in a war-torn country. Despite violence and devastating loss, he found solace in his art, offering free lessons to help children cope with trauma and build resilience. He also talks about his transition to Europe with culture shock and PTSD, while leaving family behind battling to stay afloat. Against overwhelming odds, he continues to thrive and perform internationally as an artist.

How did Ahmad persevere through life’s unimaginable adversities and go from a stateless refugee to an international ballet star?

TUNE IN & find out from this heartening conversation with Ahmad Joudeh, a survivor, who shares his remarkable story about the power of dance, spreading hope and resilience around in world.

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