Belly Dancers Perform Sword Dance at Concord Market Days

During Market Days in Concord, NH, members of Tribal Zoe Belly Dance team performed an incredible sword dance. They amazed the crowd with sensuous moves – even with the real swords balanced on their heads. The art of belly dancing requires moving various parts of your body (head, shoulders, ribs, hips, legs) in isolation. A true test of that ability is to undulate, swivel, twist, and dance with a sword resting on your head. The women performed it beautifully.

They hold lessons in the same studio where I teach ballroom dancing, so I’ve had several opportunities to photograph them. It’s always enjoyable to watch them put on a show. It also makes you wonder, “How do you move just your ribs or hips like that?” Later on, I suspect most people will try to see if they can do it too (in private).

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