Zoe's Tribal Dancing

5 years ago

When I first knew Zoe, I was the one who belly-danced.

 

I took belly-dancer for great exercise and camaraderie in the late 1970s. I never danced professionally, although I did act as a "wardrobe mistress" to a couple of dancer friends who did.

I learned from "Tahia" in Baltimore, MD from whom I took lessons for a a year and a half. I learned classic, traditional belly-dancing which had a five part presentation that was structured and well defined. In other words, the dance included: 1) an entrance, 2) baladi with veil work, 3) drum solo, 4) floor work and 5) a finale.

Although there were many variations and cultural offshoots such as the cane dance and snake dance, all belly-dance performers that I knew here on the east coast danced the five parts, always with zils or finger cymbals. Now, lets talk about how Zoe belly-danced.

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