It was such a joy to have Saudi-American podcaster, theater maker, and just overall awesome individual, Sid, as our guest for this episode! They had one of our co-hosts (Alia) on their podcast recently, so this was a really fun crossover. Sid hosts The Wayward World Podcast, which you all should subscribe to. On this episode, we discussed the creation of, and inspiration behind, Sid’s podcast, their experience growing up in Saudi Arabia and relocating back to the U.S., the journey we all have been on in connecting with other queer Arabs, and more. Enjoy!
NYC-based dancer Mark Balahadia joins us to talk about his study of various SWANA dance styles and what led him to become well known particularly among Iraqi and Saudi crowds. He also explains how he ended up learning khaleeji Arabic, his experience performing for royalty, and more. Check out his YouTube channel here!
Follow Mark on IG @balahadiamark