One of the issues we’ve noticed while traveling the world to belly dancing seminars, conventions, and just spontaneous meet ups has been the lack of a proper place to keep our passports. We have special accessories for just about everything on our trips abroad: sunglass cases, wallets for cash and credit cards, but most of us don’t have anywhere to put our passports—the most important travel piece we actual carry with us.
So needless to say, we’ve been on the hunt for something suitable that can match our elaborate costumes and great fashion in and outside of the dancing halls. Of course, it has to be more than just practical. Although we definitely want something with practicality too, after all it’s about protecting our goods and staying organized. But finding something with practicality that’s also high fashion.
An accessory by any other name
Our biggest problem in finding a solution has been that we didn’t even know what to call what we were looking for. Turns out, it’s called a passport protector, so that was easy enough. If you think you don’t need one, think again.
If you’re a belly dancer with any long term goals, you know you’ll be heading off to foreign countries at some point in your career if you haven’t already. So make sure you have your most valuable assets protected. Our pick? The pink passport holder in a lot of different varieties because what says belly dancing more than pink!? Right? Fret not, you can find plenty passport holders here.
Of course, we couldn’t forget about clothing accessories. And what belly dancer would be well-dressed without some beautiful ankle chains? Some make noise with small attached or woven in bells while others are silent but similarly flashy and elegant. It’s a must-have for any experienced dancer.
The must-have prop
Finally, there are so many props to choose from. How do we decide which on is an essential accessory? Well, we had a good long debate and finally decided that in order to really captivate your audience, you should at least have a quality cane to bring into your routine. There’s a virtually endless number of ways it can be used in dances both slow and fast paced. It can even be used to create thumping rhythm to back up the music playing while you sway.
On our travels, we’ve seen some really exotic canes made from all types of interesting wood and even some synthetic materials that will do the trick well. Historical belly dancing has always been about using multiple props.
Your three key dancing while traveling items to have
So let’s recap on the three key accessory points we touched on today. As dancers, we’re also likely to be travelers, so number one on our list is an accessory to protect your passport while abroad and keep travel documents organized.
You’ve also got to look great on the stage to make the impression you seek. An ankle chain to decorate and add some flare to your moves will be key to a happy audience.
Finally, every dancer needs at least one prop. If we had to choose just one? It’ll be your favorite color cane that matches your personality and specific poses and plays. Don’t forget, regional belly dancing norms can change depending where you’re at, so always do your research beforehand!