Zills

September 18, 2009

Last night at my bellydance troupe’s regular practice, we had  a guest instructor from Winnipeg come in and teach us a zill choreography. Shayera is a beautiful dancer, and I had completely forgotten she was coming in, so it was a real treat. 

Zills are finger cymbals that are used in bellydancing. They are played in patterns / rhythms that complement the dance and the music. I don’t use zills much, so it was nice to have the refresher. Zills are attached to the thumbs and middle fingers (some people use the index fingers) with snug elastic, and once you’ve worn them for awhile your fingers turn purple and go numb. We had to stop several times and rub the feeling back into our hands.

The choreography was four minutes long, and not complicated, but we only had two hours to learn it all. It made for a fast-paced and fun evening. Thanks, Shayera!

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