and a new Sword Dancer is born!

We’re really enjoying the new Tribal Sword Combos! One of the newer PRISM Dancers, “Akila” joined us at our Hafla performance this past weekend; it was her first sword performance ever… and it was a success!

tribal sword dancers

l-r: Pixie, Kawakib, Akila, Galiyah

Sword handling and balancing skills take time to develop. Although sword dancing was never my “specialty” as a soloist, I’ve taught sword dancing before, and many of my students began using a sword in a choreography to a Desert Wind song, “ISIS”.¬† But – I think that the relatively quick changes of GROUP IMPROV dancing necessitates that the dancer develop her sword skills more quickly than when dancing a choreography. It may be too early to tell about that, but it’s what I suspect… Have you taught or learned by both methods? If so, what do you think?

Anyway, the dozen combos we’ve been using this spring are called the “Beginning Blade” combos. And now that we’ve used them in several performances and everything seems to be working well, I now feel free to play around with some variations… so here comes more sword fun!

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