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Welcome to Studio Davina! This is the official home of author and costume designer Dawn Devine aka Davina. This site is dedicated to the art of crafting the look of the belly dancer!  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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Birth of Bedlah Digital Workshop

One of my workshops was selected for inclusion in the Belly Dance Bundle!  “The Birth of Bedlah” is an hour-long talk on costume history.  This slide presentation addresses the moment when the iconic professional belly dance costume emerged in the first quarter of the 20th century.  This presentation contains 100’s of vintage images that illustrate the evolutions and revolutions in our costuming.

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Next Book:  “Pose: A Dancer’s Guide to Making the Most of their Photos.”

I’ve teamed up with Alisha Westerfeld, Sara Shrapnell, and Poppy Maya to create this handy guide for dancers who want to take their photos to the next level.  In this book, we’re including all of our best tips for shoot planning and preparation, costume and makeup, and of course, striking poses.

We are currently working on the manuscript, selecting photos and planning the look of the book. Follow this link to find out more details about this project.


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.


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 by Davina

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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