The Sword Dance

May 5, 2011 , , Tina Kapp
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Did you know: There is no widespread dance in the Middle East today involving balancing of a sword on the dancer’s head. The primary historical evidence that has led modern-day dancers to treat the sword as a folkloric prop comes from a wonderful painting by the Orientalist artist named Jean-Léon Gérôme, dating to the 19th century.
I think it’s fabulous and definitely adds a lot of drama to your show. I love it when kids watch wide eyed, since I think they’re your toughest critics. Swords just command respect and apparently so does dancing around with one. J Gotta love it.
Here’s a sword dance I did recently: 

1 comment

  1. So impressive! This would be a great video for you profile, too! Thanks for sharing, Tina.Hugs and shimmies~Dilara

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