Davina’s Digital Studio

This is the official home of author and costume designer Dawn Devine aka Davina, a site dedicated to the art of crafting the look of the belly dancer. Hi, I’m Dawn, and I’m the author of books on belly dance history, practice, and costuming.  If you are looking for something quickly, here’s a quick list that will take you where you want to go.

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Danse du Ventre: 1889

I’ve been invited to join the Bellydance Bundle 2021 for the fifth year!  For my submission to the lecture side of the bundle, I’ll be presenting a deep dive into the dances performed at the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1889. 

In this 90-minute slide talk, we will examine surviving primary source material to learn more about these dancers, where they performed, and how they were viewed by the attendees of the world fair. 

Sound intriguing?  Visit the Bellydance Bundle 2021 website and sign up for the mailing list. Once you have joined you will have the opportunity to join in on a bunch of fun stuff, grab some freebies, and then purchase the Bundle when it goes on sale in October!  

I’m heading to San Diego
To the Gaslight Steampunk Expo!

I’m so excited to be a special guest and I’ll be giving four presentations on the history of the 1889 Exposition Universelle du Paris.  My talks include:

  • Fashion at the Fair – a historical survey of clothing from the year of the exposition of 1889.
  • Danse du Ventre 1889 – Come learn more about who danced at the fair and where they performed.
  • The Eiffel Tower, a visual history – Slide show with architectural diagrams, sketches, photographs.
  • Highlights of the World’s Fair 1889 for Time Travellers and their Associates – What not miss when you travel back to the Exposition Universelle du Paris 1889.  Illustrated slide show for VIP guests.

    Visit the Clockwork Alchemy Website for more details

The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut Book Cover

Belly Dance Books by Dawn Devine ~ Davina

My book titles include the best-selling “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut,” “Zills: Music on Your Finger Tips,”  “Becoming a Belly Dancer, From Student to Stage.” 

I have also published several books on designing and making unique and beautiful belly dance costumes.  My titles include Embellished Bras, Costuming from the Hip, FromTurban to Toe Ring and Bedlah, Baubles, and Beads. 

“Studio Davina – News for Belly Dancers”

“Costumer’s Notes,” my long-time newsletter has gotten a bit of a glow-up for 2021. Over time, I’ve grown to think of this publication as less like a newsletter and more as a mini-magazine.  In the past few years, I realized that the email newsletters that I personally enjoy the most, contain links to curated content. 

Over time, my bi-monthly releases were getting longer, and longer still. After polling folks over in my Facebook group, I decided to switch to shorter, more frequent releases.  Throughout 2021, we’ve gone monthly. 

We’ve also changed the name to “Studio Davina: News for Belly Dancers.”  It is the same great mix of belly dance focussed content.  My newsletter includes links to blog posts, upcoming events, as well as 7-10 curated links to great content around the web. 

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Swirl – Studio Davina’s Performance Ensemble

Swirl, my little troupe is currently on hiatus. However, we’ve begun rehearsals and have booked our first show in November and look forward to taking the stage again!  In the meantime, Swirl is working on some new combos and costumes!  Here’s a video of my latest group of proteges and me performing on Sept. 30, 2018. 
For more information on working with me, send me an email at davina@davina.us.


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