Thanks for coming to Belly Dance “Prop-tacular” at the 2011 FIGMENT festival in NYC!
Raqs al Assaya is Arabic for “cane dance.” This folkloric dance originated among women in the Said, more commonly known as Upper Egypt (which is actually in the south!). Legend says that women invented the Assaya dance to playfully mimic Tahtib, a men’s stick dance that evolved from fighting techniques. Dancers usually wear a beledi dress or saidi dress (see photo) to perform Raqs al Assaya, but in shows where the dancer is performing to multiple songs, a bedlah (two-piece costume) can be worn.
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(For those of you who aren’t coming to this page from the festival, this blog entry is part of a series of posts on the different belly dance props being showcased during Najla’s festival performances at the Colonels Stage on Governors Island at 1:30 pm on June 10 and at 12:00 pm on June 12, 2011. Audience members will be able to scan a QR code next to a picture of each prop in order to learn more about it. )