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This site is dedicated to the art, science, and technique of designing and making Middle Eastern belly dance costumes. My name is Dawn Devine aka Davina and I am the author of several books on designing and making belly dance costumes including, Embellished Bras, Costuming from the Hip, From Turban to Toe Ring and Bedlah, Baubles and Beads. These books contain information and directions for creating beautiful dancewear. 

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Latest Book Release:
Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas

This book is the accompanying text for my Color Theory for Costume Designers class. Color Theory with Pencils & Mandalas introduces the basics of color theory in a workbook format.  After the workbook section, our book offers colorists the opportunity to experiment with different color combinations using pencils and more than 50 beautifully illustrated mandalas, hamsas, and circular patterns from around the world!  Click Here for more details.

New Digital Class:
5 Layers of Belly Dance Appearance

I’m pleased to have joined the faculty of the Belly Dance Business Academy.  My first class is entitled 5 Layers of Belly Dance Appearance and it’s free!  This class presents my core approach to discussing belly dance appearance into layers working from the inside out. This framework makes it easy to analyze a performance ensemble and communicate about costuming needs.  This system really works!  This class is great for teachers communicating with students, dancers talking to troupe mates, or performers discussing their next look with a troupe. Click here to take my new free class!

Don’t let the word “Business” in the Belly Dance Business Academy fool you!  This organization serves the educational needs of dancers at all points of their dance journey who are looking to take their dance education to the next level. It’s free to sign up, and each of the faculty members offers one or more free classes.  This gives you an opportunity to get a feel for the instructors so you can make an informed decision about buying an individual class or workshop, or a complete course bundle. Visit the site for more details.

Coloring Book by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

Belly Dance Costumes to Color

This downloadable coloring book is filled with interesting information and stunning line drawings of contemporary belly dance costumes to print out and color with marker or pencil. This eBook is available as an exclusive gift for my newsletter subscribers! Simply sign up for the bi-monthly Costumer’s Notes Newsletter!  (Subscription Box is at the top right!)  Do you make your own dance costumes?  Are you a dance teacher looking for tips and ideas to share with your students?  Sign up today using the Box top right – just below my blue-turbaned smile!

Do you dance Davina?  Why Yes I do!

 

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