Inspired by a Jean-Leon Gerome orientalist painting, Jamila had a student perform while balancing a Turkish sabre on her head, thus creating one of the most popular fantasy dances in Bal Anat. Single and double sword became standard props for dancers, especially in the United States. The same dancers performing at the Faire would include the sword routines in their cabaret routines in the clubs at night. The popularity of Bal Anat’s sword dance spread like wildfire through the United States throughout the 1970s.
Suhaila updated the sword choreography for Bal Anat using the sword dance from her iconic Percussion Show.