“If you’re not using zils then you’re not dancing ATS®” – Carolena Nericcio
Zils (finger cymbals) are an integral part of the ATS® costume and are introduced in week 3 of Tribal Basics and you will need to buy your own.
So what are the best zils? Well, the best zils are the ones you actually play – they are no good stuck in the pretty bag they arrived in, you have to take them out and practise. It doesn’t matter what size or colour they are, whether they match or are mismatched – the important thing is to wear them and play them.
We only play them when we dance the fast steps but we wear them all the time.
Buying zils (finger cymbals)
The best zils are Saroyan zils which sound beautiful but can be a little expensive. There is no need to spend a lot of money but you will get what you pay for
Most students will find a 2 1/4″ zil comfortable and easy to use. Then at a later stage you can upgrade to a larger 2 3/4″ zil
Bozenka’s Helpful Hint : use nude coloured elastic – old bra straps work well
Playing the basic pattern