Middle Eastern Dance
Candelabra Moves
Below you will find tips for using a candelabra and several movement descriptions for special movements used specifically for candelabra dances.

Isolations while balancing
You can do any of the isolations normally done in Middle Eastern Dance while balancing a candelabra.   Try balancing
your candelabra on your head first, try doing shimmies (shoulder and hip), hip lifts, hip circles, undulations, etc... you
will find that the moves are essentially the same, the difference is that you need to keep your head as steady as
possible.  If you don't notice much difficulty balancing the candelabra while doing the moves then you have your
isolations down really well.  Shamadan can be done standing and often has additional floorwork sections so isolations
for floorwork can be easily integrated in these performances as well.

Movements for Zeffah
The zeffah is a procession so naturally movements used for this are going to generally be walking movements.  Of
course the Basic Egyptian and it's variants top the list of commonly used zeffah movements.  Walking forward with it
and stepping out to the side with it are the most common variations used.  3/4 or walking shimmies are also quite
common.  The dancer usually does a mix of these walking forward with a turn and some shoulder shimmies thrown in
from time to time.  Zeffah's however also frequently stop moving forward and feature small segments of entertainment.
Sometimes this is the dancer with the shamadan in which case she uses this time to show off more of her other
movements (anything goes so undulations and figure eights and more) before returning to the walking patterns. 
Finger cymbals are traditionally played at the same time throughout the zeffah by the shamadan dancer.  Wide
sweeping arm movements are often utilized which is somewhat uncharacteristic of Egyptian dance which usually holds
the arms fairly close to the body.

Movements for Floorwork
Any movements used in floorwork can and are integrated into this but Shamadan dance usually features the splits and
a special heel bouncing movement done while in the splits.  Traditional Shamadan is generally presented in a cute and
playful manner.
Getting Down
There are several ways of getting down to the floor for floorwork although for Shamadan the splits are very
common since there are several movements done from the splits position.  This would be a front-back splits done
at a side view for the audience.  Side-side splits may be entered into once down as a transition from the front-back
splits but this is not the way they get down to the floor.  The next most common descent is bend down and then
drop to the knee or kneel and slide down.
Splits Heel Bounce
This is done from the forward-back splits position.  Turn your body to the audience (your back leg should be the
one closest to the audience) and lift your foot up of the floor.  You can grab your foot if needed to place it in the
antecubital fossa (inside of your elbow).  The toes and upper portion will rest against the arm.  Now move the
ankle in and out which will make it look like your heel is bouncing in time with the music.  This is often done with
shoulder pushes (or a slow shoulder shimmy).
Other things you can do
Pretty much any of the floorwork movements mentioned in the floorwork section of this site can be used here. 
Things that emphasize the skill of balancing, strength, and flexibility are the most common though such as
turning and supported undulations as well as cutesy moves such as kicking the feet while on the stomach.
Raqs as-shamadan.
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