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: