Dancing with Props
Belly Dancing with a snake – Part 2
Dancing with live snakes
- Do not dance with a snake that is shedding its skin, as snakes at this stage are quite irritable and will not respond well.
- When you dance, be careful in the way you handle the snake. Take all the necessary precautions to avoid harm to you and also to the snake. Avoid sudden and sharp movements, unless until you know the snake well and how it will react to certain movements.
- Floor work with snakes works particularly well, but pay attention not to press the weight of your body onto the snake.
- Choose your costume carefully. Avoid coins, rhinestone, metal or jagged beads that may cut yours or the snake’s skin. Prefer instead clothing with minimal amount of three dimensional decoration and smooth beads.
For further information on belly dancing with snakes, there is a chapter on this subject in ‘The Belly Dance Book. Rediscovering the Oldest Dance’. In addition to advice on how to dance with snakes, this book is a great source of information for everything to do with belly dance. As for DVDs, on Amazon I have come across a DVD called: ‘Belly Dance with Snakes: Embody your inner serpent with Serpentessa’, which has good reviews. Of course, if you have never danced with a snake before, do not just learn from books and DVDs, but take lessons from a dancer who has experience dancing with snakes.
Go to dancing with a snake Part 1.
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