Thanks for coming to Belly Dance “Prop-tacular” at the 2011 FIGMENT festival in NYC!
The candle tray is a balancing prop that requires a dancer to have perfect posture and dextrous movements in order to not tip over their fiery accessories. Candle trays are related to the shamadan, a candelabra worn atop the dancer’s head for traditional wedding dances and entrances (zeffas), but are actually more closely related to some of the many other balancing dances of the Middle East. Requiring an acute sense of poise and grace, the tea tray dance (raqs al senniyya) of Morocco involves balancing a metal tea pot and (sometimes full!) tea glasses on the head while performing. Tea trays were often decorated with lit candles, which later evolved into trays with just candles.
PS. Why no fire today? For everyone’s safety, no open flames are allowed on Governors Island.
For more information on Najla’s performances and classes, visit her website.
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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. )