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The fans are a popular accessory for dancers in many cultures. Native Americans used hand-feather fans adorned with colored beads in charge of the dances. In the Spanish art of flamenco, fans accentuate large dramatic movements of the dancer. The fans are a fun accessory for belly dance, which use fans of feathers or fans, depending on the style of dance. The rich history of the fan can inspire you to create your own unique fan dance.

Fan History

Fans have a long history around the world. The Pharaohs used as cooling fans as instruments, symbols of status and articles decorative. Consisted of ostrich feathers attached to the top of long poles, and used to enliven the royal ceremonies and processions.

In China, feather fans appeared 2,000 years ago, the folding fan (covered with paper or cloth) was invented in Japan in the eighth century. The fan became an art form in Asia, because of the beautiful paintings used as decoration. Round fans were especially popular among the ladies.

In Europe and the United States, fans women reached peak popularity during 1600-1800 as a fashion accessory and instrument cooling. Ladies use gestures with the fan (the language of the fan ") to bind and secret messages to the gentlemen. Fans were richly decorated, sometimes with paintings on silk, lace details, and ribs made of nacre.

The choice of a fan

Modern folding fans come in many styles and are made with wooden ribs covered with cloth or plastic, colored paper, or feathers. Some have lovely painted or embroidered designs. In belly dance and flamenco, fans grooved wooden fans are preferable to plastic and that open and close more easily. New fans can be stiff at first and need to open and close several times to force the

No folding fans have a strong foundation is covered with cloth and covered with feathers. You can make your own striking art, fan-shaped sticks, creating a handle, which covers with fabric, and attaching feathers.

Movement of ideas to create your own dance with fans:

1. Google's "Language Fan" and perform a story using this language.

2. Open the folding fan with one or both hands, or pull down for dramatic effect.

3. peek-a-boo Play with the fan, hiding and revealing one or both eyes.

4. Put your hands behind your back, fan back when walking in a circular pattern.

5. Hold the fan at his side and walk around the fan as claimed (technical warehouse space).

6. Fan operating on your heart, look to your right shoulder, gently pushing the shoulder forward.

7. Hold the fan like a veil that covers the nose and lower face.

8. Pala air with the fan, creating loops, circles, or figure 8 in the air.

9. In turn the fan, which shows the fan design the audience.

10. Hold the fan over the head with one or both hands, and a step box.

11. Go to YouTube.com and search for "dance Fan "of ideas from around the world.

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Ramona is the author of Dynamic Belly Dance, the Joyful Journey of Dancemaking and Performing. This book includes more information about dancemaking, and photographs of fan dance performances. See free belly dance videos, read book excerpts and order an autographed copy at http://www.DynamicBellyDance.com

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