Belly dancing is a dance, using very many accessories, which has undergone numerous evolutions.
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Accessories that evolve with belly dancing
At the origin of belly dancing, dancers did not use any accessories at all. They considered their body as their sole "accessory" and accentuated it with their belly dancing costume, jewels and tattoos.
But a first mixing with Egyptian culture led to the arrival of objects traditionally used in Egypt, such as the candelabra or candlestick very present in marriage ceremonies.
The arrival of the Sharqui style introduced the use of the veil in belly dancing. Thus, belly dancing cabarets made use of this accessory to accentuate their shows.
The fans for belly dancing appeared much later. Firstly used in traditional Chinese dancing at the beginning of the last century, they’ve been used in the 2000s in belly dancing under the influence of tribal belly dancing.
Many accessories have since appeared with the modernisation and development of belly dancing in recent years. This is the case of the impressive Isis wings but also Poi veils.
Belly dancing today: High-tech accessories
Today, with the arrival of new technologies, belly dancing is experiencing a real revolution.
We now know about the "luminous Poï". It is an electronic ball that the dancer is able to handle like a Poi veil and whose luminous colours are variable and interchangeable for absolutely innovative shows in the dark.
The whole Oriental dance‘s world has been turned upside down with the recent arrival of a range of accessories and clothes completely transformed by Leds. Illuminated Isis wings, light-up fans, luminous veils but also canes, sticks, skirts, belts, tops, and other various items such as light-up hoops and umbrellas, locks of hair and luminous crowns, or light-up fiber optic whips, the reign of lighting effects is everywhere and is integrated today and more than ever to the Oriental dancer’s collection. They promise innovative performances perfectly combining magic and enchantment, but also endless choreographic possibilities, stirring up both Oriental dancers and their audience’s curiosity.
In conclusion, belly dancing has moved from a dance without any accessory to a fully evolved and fully developed dance, which is really and truly evolving with its time whilst preserving its authenticity.