|| Style File: A Visual Vocabulary of Middle Eastern Dance
By Dawn Devine and Barry Brown
Style File: A Visual Vocabulary of Middle Eastern Dance is the first booklet of its kind. It’s a handy reference that uses images and text to identify the most common costume styles used by performers of Middle Eastern belly dance. Clearly drawn illustrations with concise descriptions identify the cultural origins and the styles of dance associated with each costume. Opening with a handy dictionary of Middle Eastern belly dance terms, the rest of the book is filled with beautiful line art depicting costumes from the classic bra and belt or bedlah sets to diverse dress styles including tribal, Gypsy, historic, fusion and specialty costumes from Persia, Egypt, Turkey and beyond.This book is great for students of the dance who want to broaden their knowledge of dance costuming. Tuck it into your bag before the next festival or gala show and use it to identify different regional styles. Instructors, this makes a great text-book for costume and performance classes. Style File makes a great addition to every dancer’s reference library.About the Author – Dawn Devine
Dawn Devine is an author, costumer, historian and belly dancer living in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. She has been dancing for decades and has been designing historical costumes nearly all her life. She has degrees in both Art History and Fashion Design.
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