The Gilded Serpent

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Glass Dancing
by Neferteri

The art of dancing on glass is a true measure of talent and nerve. It can be one of the hardest things you can do as a dancer, but the rewards are awesome! I know because I am the only dancer in Las Vegas who performs it. I learned to dance on three wine glasses several years ago while in Florida from my instructor, Tasha Banat. Tasha is always willing to share her unique and wonderful skills. I am not sure exactly where in the Middle East dancing on glasses came from, and no one seems to want to take credit for it. It is too bad, because it is a graceful and challenging dance.

The first thing you must understand about dancing on glass that there is no trick. The glasses are real, and you will be putting your full weight on those glasses. There is always the possibility of hurting yourself, though I have been very fortunate over the years, in that I have never fallen off of them or cut my feet. There were basic rules about the care of the glasses that Tasha gave me, and I will share them with you a little later in this article.

The first things you want to do it get three good quality wine glasses or goblets. I usually purchase mine directly from the factory. Please make sure the glasses are new and have never been washed. I have a case of them (just in case one breaks). The second thing you need to do is to getting a good small rug, something like a bath rug, (please no prayer rugs). The rug will help prevent the glasses from sliding out under you. I usually put double-sided tape on the bottom of the rug to make sure it stays put.

I always take my time getting up onto the glasses. You need time to adjust them and it adds to the overall dramatic effect. Once you are on them you are committed to that spot, so be creative. I do a lot of upper body moves and graceful arms. I will usually have someone (an audience member) hand me a sword. The audience always goes crazy when I do that.

Now it is time for music. I recommend something slow, so you don't have to worry about moving around or bouncing on the glasses. Please remember you are on real glasses, and they can break if you put too much pressure on them, so choose your music with great forethought.

I have always taken great care of my glasses. I never let anyone else use them. I keep them wrapped in individual socks. The socks prevent them from chipping and scratching. I never wash them, because water can change the consistency of the glasses (see, Dad, I was paying attention in school). If I see a nick or chip on the glass, I will never use that glass again. I keep the glasses stem side up so there no pressure on the stems.

I will tell you, at first it is not a comfortable feeling to be on the glasses, but the more you focus the easier it will get. You will need to take your time and get the feeling of it. I wish you luck!

I will be teaching the dancing on glass at my summer workshop on June 30 in Las Vegas. If anyone is interested, please email me at: or call me at: 702-207-2320.

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