Five Favorite Belly Dance Props
The world of belly dance is filled with color, music, and movement.
The dance genre also has a myriad of props that create drama and excitement.
In no particular order, here are my five favorite props with demonstrations.
Gorgeous, flowing, and seductive, the veil is a beautiful addition to every dance (I have a post on choosing a veil if you're interested in starting your veil adventure.)
Similar to the veil, wings offer a slightly different movement to the silk and motion of the veil.
Dangerous beauty: actual danger! Sword dancing provides the challenge of balance to the dancer and intrigue for the audience. Yes, they're real swords--but balanced for dance and not sharp (except the tip. The tip is incredibly sharp).
4. Shamadan and Zills
The shamadan is frequently part of a wedding procession. This particular dance includes the finger cymbals (aka zills or zagat).
Influenced by Tahtib, the martial art of Egypt, cane dancing is a popular part of Saidi dance.
The martial art is usually performed with rhythmic drumming as seen in the demonstration at a Paris martial arts festival.
Here are two dance versions: Tito's ever-dynamic performance and a troupe choreography with the curved stick.