The Belly Dance Studio

The History of Belly Dance Props – The Cane

saidi cane 2Say “Belly Dancer” and, probably, the first thing that pops to mind is the image of a mysterious woman dancing around with a flowy veil.  But, did you know there’s a reason why a veil is used in Belly Dancing and that there are other props used, too?

In this, the first of a four-part series on the history of Belly Dance props, we’ll share the origins and history associated with the Saidi Cane.

The art of the belly dance, or Oriental dance, is recorded as early as 800 B.C. and was used for many forms of celebrations in Middle Eastern culture. In order to add variety and symbolism to their dances, belly dancers have adopted many props over time. Each prop has its own significance and importance within the dance.

Cane dancing originated with farmers in the Upper regions of Egypt. The original steps, done by men, were militant and done with a straight stick, showing a traditional battle with waving and striking of the sticks between dancers. Later, women belly dancers invented a more playful version of the dance using a short curved cane and gentle swings. Modern steps include skipping and saluting with the cane. These flirtatious moves are typically done toward the middle of a routine to lighten the mood.

To learn more about belly dance props, including Zills, check out the full article on HipMix.net>>>

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