The Dancing Cymbalist

How to play music with finger cymbals & dance at the same time

by Jenna Woods

For anyone interested in Middle Eastern music and dance or sound for meditation and healing, this essential guide brings new energy to the subtle art of playing finger cymbals, and teaches artistry like never before. 


Introducing the Noor Method of practice for music in motion, it offers dynamic in-depth instruction that takes full advantage of the rich variety of finger cymbals that are available today.

Seasoned with stories, inspiration, and practical wisdom from dervishes, professional musicians, and professional dancers, and abundantly illustrated with photographs and charts, this is an unprecedented resource.

– finger cymbal styles & sources
– techniques & variations
– consistent sound quality; improving timesense; learning rhythms
– finding & pushing your Edge
– practice for coordination & speed
– cymbal meditations
– trance unison
– solo & interactive improvisation

and much more.

Jenna's knowledge is remarkable and her love for playing zills infectious. This book deserves a place on the bookshelf of any Middle Eastern dancer, especially teachers.

Susanna Del VecchioOriental Dance artist & international instructor/performer

The instruction is incredibly deep and broad. Even accomplished zill players will find enough material to keep them busy for a long time.

Nadira JamalBelly Dance New England magazine

When the subject is mastering zills, whether you are an instructor or a beginner, The Dancing Cymbalist has the answer you are looking for. Using the Nur Method, even those with the smallest sense of rhythm can achieve success. Whether purchased as a reference book or instruction manual, The Dancing Cymbalist is a must have for both student and professional.

Deede ParikhDrummer/Instructor, The Chronicles

I feel honored to be a part of it - it looks absolutely beautiful. I shall enjoy studying it and shall treasure it as a 'bible' for cymbals.

Horacio CifuentesOriental Dance artist & co-director of Tanzakademie Cifuentes in Beelitz, Germany