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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.


1. Veil

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.)




2. Wings

Similar to the veil, wings offer a slightly different movement to the silk and motion of the veil.




3. Sword

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).



5. Cane

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.





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Guest
Jan 24, 2022

Fascinating and my belly dance prop would be the hip shawl. I didn't realize there is so much more to it. Educational.

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Martha DeMeo
Martha DeMeo
Jan 23, 2022

It's so interesting to watch the videos, I've learned so much about belly dance, those swords, WOW!!

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Guest
Jan 23, 2022

Sword is definitely number one on my list. I am currently learning double sword. I also really like veil and fan veils, and tray.

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Guest
Jan 23, 2022

Wow, I feel like a complete ignorant person. If I had to list any "belly dance props" I'd probably say "jewellery". Thanks for educating me! Tamara

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Guest
Jan 23, 2022

These are phenomenal beautiful items! Looks like fairy tale items!

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