Candle Dancing Traditions
Belly dance is perhaps the oldest dance form in the world. It hearkens back to not just centuries, but aeons ago, when women used a very body-centered dance as part of their rituals, both for themselves and for their entire community.
For many women in today's world, dancing with flame is a way to connect with that ancient - and sacred - heritage. The immediacy of dancing with fire brings us to a more elemental and archetypical state of mind. As we do a dance that might have a more "ritual" than "entertainment" component, we feel ourselves connecting with our nonverbal history as priestesses and oracles; gatekeepers for communion with the sacred.
Learning Candle Dancing
The secret to a mesmerizing, powerful, alluring candle dance performance is to have full body integration.
If you are not completely connected within your body (and most dancers are not!), then dancing with candles will not make you more alluring. It will have the opposite effect: you'll be boring.
If you look like a marrionette when you do your "regular" dance, then you will look like a marionette with candles in her hands when you attempt candle dancing.
The result is that your audience - who yearns and craves for that mystical connection through you - will be turned off. They won't want to see you perform.
To learn more, go to total body integration for candle dancing.
Resources for Candle Dancing
... and Candle Dance Books:
... and even a Candle Dance DVD!:
WEB-BASED RESOURCES FOR CANDLE DANCING
There is a strong tradition of using fire (candles, candelabras) within belly dance. Here are some of our favorite links.
Recommended Links to Non-Belly Dance Sites:
Fire dancing, in its various forms, is part of the mystical tradition of several cultures. In others (such as ours), a fascination with fire finds other expressions - such as pyrotechnic displays.
CANDLE DANCE WORKSHOPS with ALAY'NYA
Please visit our Candle Dance Workshops page