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    One thing that always bothers me when I see sword dancing is that some dancers do not respect the fact that it is a weapon. When dancing, make it look hard even if it is easy for you. And never touch the blade side, keep up the illusuion that this is still sharp and deadly. ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kira_Majeric View Post
    One thing that always bothers me when I see sword dancing is that some dancers do not respect the fact that it is a weapon. When dancing, make it look hard even if it is easy for you. And never touch the blade side, keep up the illusuion that this is still sharp and deadly. ^_^
    This is so true. What's the point of having a sword that you handle as if it's perfectly safe? It's the thrill of danger that grabs the audience.

    This article has some tips on buying a sword:

    How to Choose a Belly Dance Balancing Sword

    It's a good point about the closed-in handle - my sword has one and it does make some moves a bit more tricky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellydance Oz View Post
    This is so true. What's the point of having a sword that you handle as if it's perfectly safe? It's the thrill of danger that grabs the audience.

    This article has some tips on buying a sword:

    How to Choose a Belly Dance Balancing Sword

    It's a good point about the closed-in handle - my sword has one and it does make some moves a bit more tricky.

    Now my boyfriend hates this site..... Your link had another link to a forged katana shop.....my favorite sword.....I'm in trouble now...... ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kira_Majeric View Post
    One thing that always bothers me when I see sword dancing is that some dancers do not respect the fact that it is a weapon. When dancing, make it look hard even if it is easy for you. And never touch the blade side, keep up the illusuion that this is still sharp and deadly. ^_^
    I've seen some performances like this too! I notice I'm bored with the piece immediately! Lol..This makes total sense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellydance Oz View Post
    This is so true. What's the point of having a sword that you handle as if it's perfectly safe? It's the thrill of danger that grabs the audience.

    This article has some tips on buying a sword:

    How to Choose a Belly Dance Balancing Sword

    It's a good point about the closed-in handle - my sword has one and it does make some moves a bit more tricky.
    From the web site in the above quote:


    You'll find it much easier to balance your sword if you haven't washed your hair. Clean hair is far too slippery. If you're one of those people who washes their hair everyday, putting gel or mousse in your hair may help - but hair that hasn't been washed for a couple of days is much better.


    Ohhh, ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!

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    YouTube - Yoonjakyung's two-swords dance, korean martial art

    this is one of my favorite sword dances. and it you watch the end, they are real swords.

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    You'll find it much easier to balance your sword if you haven't washed your hair. Clean hair is far too slippery. If you're one of those people who washes their hair everyday, putting gel or mousse in your hair may help - but hair that hasn't been washed for a couple of days is much better.

    Ohhh, ewwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!


    Or keep your hair shiny and clean, and rub a bit of candle wax on to the balance point. Beeswax is a bit more tacky (as in grippy) than parraffin.

    Wearing a headband of non-slippery fabric such as velvet can help too.

    What I'm kinda worried about is, will the weight of my sword eventually wear a bald spot on top of my head? I haven't gone bald yet, but get a groove in the top of my head. The sword finds its own spot on my head the next day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kira_Majeric View Post
    YouTube - Yoonjakyung's two-swords dance, korean martial art

    this is one of my favorite sword dances. and it you watch the end, they are real swords.
    Beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kira_Majeric View Post
    YouTube - Yoonjakyung's two-swords dance, korean martial art

    this is one of my favorite sword dances. and it you watch the end, they are real swords.
    That is SO beautiful!!!! I love it!

    I also love the way the costume enhances and responds to the dance/dancer. And it's all done so seemingly effortlessly! LOVE it! Thank you!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aziyade View Post
    That is SO beautiful!!!! I love it!

    I also love the way the costume enhances and responds to the dance/dancer. And it's all done so seemingly effortlessly! LOVE it! Thank you!!
    I love her dress as well. I'm going to ask my Asian friend to get me one at the Cherry Blossom festival. ^_^

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