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About Basic Sagat (Zill) Patterns for Middle Eastern Dance–The Big Ideas

by NICOLA, updated February 2010 Called sagat in Arabic and zill or zyll in Turkish–terms used interchangeably by dancers in North America– the finger cymbals are a staple of every serious dancer’s repertoire. Cymbals are actually small, open bells worn on the thumb and middle finger of each hand (4 total). They serve the purposes…


Q ~ Why do I need to learn finger cymbals right away?

Not every teacher chooses to teach zills in beginner levels, but I recently became convinced by this approach by Cassandra.  The zills are a beautiful, underrated instrument, and being able to accompany yourself or other dancers is really wonderful.   They don’t have to be onerous–after all, they are members of the bell family.  …