Syrian dancer Ahmad Joudeh performs on the Human Rights Square in Trocadero in Paris, July 20, 2017.
Photo AFP / FRANCOIS GUILLOT
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From Palmyra to Paris, Ahmad Joudeh, the Syrian Billy Elliot, is set on showing the real image of his country and erasing the horrors of Daesh (ISIS). The vocalist Sanga, Joudeh's friend and admirer, invited the dancer to Paris for a special one-off performance, accompanied by a song written especially for him. The story of Joudeh – who's been compared to the dancer in Stephen Daldry's 2000 film "Billy Elliot," who against the odds realized his dream of becoming a dancer – is already well known outside Syria.If I'm happy, I get it out," he said, adding, "They call me the Syrian Billy Elliot".He trained for years with the main dance company in Syria at Damascus' Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts.
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