Sheikhat, the professional dancers of Morocco
Sheikhat is the female plural of Sheikh, a "wise, learned man." However, in this case it is not academic knowledge, but the knowledge of relationships between men and women, particularly on the wedding night, which is inferred. The Sheikhat are the professional female singers and dancers of Morocco. They entertain the guests at weddings, circumcisions, and other festive occasions. An especially exciting dance is Danse du Plateu, in which dancers balance trays with tea pots, glasses full of tea, and lighted candles on their heads.