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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 ~ What are the veils all about?

The veil, in Orientale dance, is not worn as a garment, nor over the face.  It is not meant to imitate the niqab or hijab, or at least it shouldn’t.  Veiling in that sense has important religious and cultural connotations that most of us try to respect when we dance. On occasion, you can find…


Q ~ There is so much bellydance stuff on eBay and the Internet in general! What do I buy?

Start slow, ask your teacher for some guidance (her favourite sites, what to watch out for, and so on). Check out my links–I don’t promote or sell crap. Share on Facebook Follow me…