Professional Oriental Dance Set Primer

Elements of a Professional Dancer’s Set

Incorporating Culture and Folklore in Your Routine

When a dancer can reference the culture of members of her audience she can win them over quickly. Having a good understanding of various cultural dances and rituals gives the dancer a rich vocabulary of movements and characters from which to pull. Dances of many forms exist throughout the Middle East, so the potential for learning and tapping into this richness is limitless. Sometimes an Oriental dancer will only briefly reference a culture and she will often Orientalize the movement a little, dressing it up for the stage, sometimes she’ll dedicate a whole song to it. There are several worth learning, but here are a few I’ve found particularly useful and that I would expect any professional worth her salt to know.


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