Amirah Sackett’s Hip-Hop Performance “We're Muslim, Don't Panic” Premiers in Lincoln, Neb.
Amirah Sackett, the Minneapolis-born hip-hop dancer who founded the all-Muslim female dance project “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic” in 2011, performed at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln, Neb. this March. She was accompanied by world championship beatbox artist Ahmed Zaghbouni, aka MR MiC, in a stripped-down performance intended to challenge the accepted narratives about Muslim women through movement and dance.
“We’re Muslim Don’t Panic” was featured by outlets like POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune and Upworthy. Sackett, who has performed at venues across the country,, presented a TEDx Talk in 2017 and served as a guest lecturer at Harvard University, developed a love for dance from an early age. In an interview with thecounterbalance.org, she said “I started dancing from the time I was born, I was really little, like four or five years old, when I started responding to music physically.” She began her foray into dancing professionally after graduating high school at a company headed by creative Anthony Cherry.
According to her website, Sacket “believes her art and identity as both Muslim and American has the power to build bridges between communities fostering mutual understanding, increased knowledge, awareness, and unity. … She believes hip-hop, as a medium, to be a transformative art form, both for the audience and practitioners.”
We're Muslim, Don't Panic artists Amirah Sackett & Ahmed Zaghbouni (AKA MR. MiC) pose with Arts & Humanities Focus Program students after an amazing performance at the Johnny Carson Theater. pic.twitter.com/l4fdDBHk3R— LPS Arts & Humanities Focus Program (@LPS_ArtsFocus) March 29, 2023