Studio Davina
Belly Dance Costuming, History, Books, and more

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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May Classes on Patreon

Join me for this month for three live Classes on Patreon.

  • $3 – Belly Dance Wardrobing – Join me for an informal conversation about evaluating your current wardrobe, planning your next costume project or purchase.
  • $7 – Prepping Your Bra Cups – Are you making a belly dance costume?  Come join me for a talk about how I plan, prepare, and convert a lingerie bra for transforming into a belly dance garment.
  • $15 – “150 Years of Belly Dance Costume History – Part 1” – This all-new multi-part lecture series begins this month, May 2022.  This 5-part lecture series focuses on the history of belly dance costuming in the US. Part 1 includes a series overview, methodology review, timeline, and syllabus. Lots of images – loads of information – come with questions – leave with information. 

The Design Code: Principles & elements of Belly Dance Costume Design
Save the Date:  April 24, 2022
90 Minute Workshop Live Via Zoom – $25
Hosted by Mahin of Belly Dance quickies
Click here for Registration

Join me for a slide talk where we’ll discuss how understanding the language of design, the key principles and elements, that guide the structure and embellishment of costume, and how to use this information to guide your next purchase or plan your next costume build. This talk is jam-packed with information for dancers at all levels who wear, make or buy their performance attire.

Join Before April 17 and get a bonus book!  Click here for 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.” 

Belly Dance Costuming Books: 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. 

Glove Pattern:  Making custom gloves and gauntlets to go with your dance ensemble?  I have a printable
Gloves and Gauntlets” pattern available on my Etsy Store.

Sewing Business Log:  Keep your own creative business humming with this organization and data management system.  Available as a digital download.

“Studio Davina – Belly Dance Mini-Magazine”

“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: Belly Dance Mini-Magazine.”  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. 
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