Raed Mourad is a 31-year-old computer engineer who studied at Saint Joseph University (USJ) in Beirut but has devoted his life to dance.
He started his journey in dance at the Mont La Salle school when he was 10 years old. Ballroom and Latin dance classes were just another activity he participated in until his love for dance grew year after year.
Mourad is also the owner of Les Mourad, a business that provides dancewear and shoes for Latin, ballroom, and other dance genres. He also won season 2 of Dancing With The Stars Lebanon alongside Daniella Rahme.
When asked why he dances ballroom and Latin dances when there are so many other genres, Mourad told 961, “I believe ballroom and Latin are the greatest forms of couple-dancing. It has a very deep connection with the partner, music, and it is connected to many cultures around the world.”
Some obstacles he said he had faced along his journey were at first dealing with his friends at school judging him for dancing as it was considered to be for girls only.
Then, he struggled to widen his knowledge of dance as there is limited access to instructors in Lebanon.
It was his first time watching dancers from around the world which woke him up to the fact that he had a lot to learn and bring back to Lebanon. “I decided to devote a lot of my energy to improving my level until today,” he said.
His ultimate goal is to express himself freely through dance because he believes it’s the most difficult to achieve.