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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Save the Date!   

Dancers in Orientalist Art

June 20, Noon Pacific
$25 – Includes Handout 
Hosted by Sara Shrapnell of BDBA
Reserve Your Spot

“Dancers in Orientalist Art” is updated and expanded for 2021. This 90-minute art history style slide show will explore what Orientalist Art is, why it was made, and by whom, as well as the dancer as a subject. We’ll also be exploring how today’s views on intersectionality allow us to approach these works and use them as historical artifacts. Presented by art historian Dawn Devine ~ Davina and hosted by Sara Shrapnell at the Beyond Dance Business Academy.

Fanoos Magazine released their spring costuming edition.  I was THRILLED to see my picture on the cover!  They interviewed me for their magazine with 10 thought-provoking and revealing questions about my dance and costume journey.  Fanoos is a free quarterly digital magazine devoted to belly dance. If you are interested, read my interview click here. When you get there be sure to subscribe to receive notification of future releases.

Vaccination Center at Levi’s Stadium 

Over the next few months, I’ll be spending several days a week working in California’s largest vaccination center at the 49ers’ Levis Stadium in Santa Clara.  I feel like we are all, as a people, waiting in the world’s longest line to get these vaccinations to end these lockdowns.  Working at the stadium makes me feel like I’m really doing my part by taking action.  We are living in historic times, and I’m enjoying doing my small part in helping make history.  Read this article to learn more about this project.

Newsletter Name Change to “Studio Davina – News for Belly Dancers”

Costumer’s Notes, my long-time newsletter is getting a bit of a glow-up for 2021.  I have always thought of it like a mini-magazine, but I find that each bi-monthly issue was getting longer… and longer…  So, after polling folks over in my Facebook groups, I’ve decided to go monthly with the newsletter.  Because the focus is more diverse than just costuming, we’re changing the Name to “Studio Davina – New for Belly Dancers” It will be the same great mix of belly dance focussed content including links to my blog posts and upcoming events, as well as 7-10 curated links to great content around the web.  If this sounds like something you would like to arrive in your email each month, be sure to subscribe.  And if you are already a subscriber, I look forward to your feedback on the changes.  Look to the column at the right for the sign-up box.  BONUS – get a printable belly dance coloring book!

“On Finger Cymbals”

An hour-long talk with Sara Shrapnell and Dawn Devine ~ Davina
Why did I write the Zill Book?  What do information do I share with every student?  What are my best strategies for playing and performing wearing finger cymbals?

This FREE TALK with Sara Shrapnell over on the Belly Dance Business Academy!
Read More Here or Sign up now.


I’ve got a little troupe that meets via Zoom for practice – and someday when the world changes – we will take the stage again.  In the meantime, we’re working on new combos and costumes!
Here’s my latest group of proteges and I performing on Sept. 30, 2018.
For more information on working with me, send me an email at davina@davina.us.

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.

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.

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