These are our top 5 tribal dance props! Perplex your dance with illusion and excite them with a sense of danger by incorporating some of them!
#1: Fake Weapons
This is our number one favorite! Why not give your dance a touch of danger and mystery by incorporating fake weapons? They can be used to bring more realism and life to any action scenes in your dance! If choreographed well, the added sense of danger will keep your audience fascinated and wanting more. This phenomenal sword dance by Irina Akulenko is an excellent example that will hopefully inspire you to try using a fake weapon prop in your next dance routine!
For those who are new to the world of dance, please note that the dancer in the video above is a professional dancer. There’s no need to assume that you have to be at a similar level to create something just as mesmerizing as hers. Your movements don’t need to be as complicated to please the audience. Simple is often best, so don’t underestimate the power of simple movements! Enjoy the creative process and see where it takes you!
#2: Percussive Props
Percussion props such as tap shoes, belly dance belts, castanets, and tambourines, can also be incorporated to add a musical component to your dance routine.
But what if you don’t have access to a percussion prop? Believe it or not, it’s still possible to add percussion to your dance. You can do so using your own body through movements such as clapping, stomping, and clicking your fingers. We all did it as children and our ancestors did it in their tribal gatherings, so this is something that anyone can do!
The dance below has excellent examples of how you can use your own body to add percussion to your dance. Although it primarily features tap shoes and walking sticks, the body percussion adds a very nice change in rhythm and gives it that extra spark.
#3: Silk Veil Poi (Voi)
Silk veil poi are often used in belly dancing routines, but can be adapted to almost any other dance genre of your choice! They often have a hypnotic effect on the audience because of their colorful patterns and the ways in which they are twirled. This dance by Jasirah is a wonderful demonstration of the kinds of illusions you can create with silk veil poi.
#4 & 5: Foldable Fan and Silk Veils
If you’re looking for something a little more simplistic and beginner-friendly, we suggest trying foldable fans and silk veils. They’re relatively easy to use, making them ideal for people who are learning to use props for the first time. Think of them as extensions to your own body that can be manipulated to tantalize the eyes of the audience!
Looking for inspiration?
Check out the video below, where the world-famous Kpop sensation BTS uses both foldable fans and silk veils. The choreographers have smoothly integrated traditional Korean dancing into the dance via the use of these props and created an unforgettable dance routine!
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