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.

Quick Links:

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• Find out more about my books
• Learn more about me
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Monthly Classes, Workshops & Demos
with Dawn Devine ~ Davina

Wanna study?  Each month I teach three classes, on my Patreon Page. The classes, demos, talks, and workshops are pre-recorded. You can watch them at your convenience.

Summer 2023 Classes

How does my Patreon work??

To join me for my classes, choose your level of participation for the month and become a Patreon.  The three tiers present different kinds of information related to belly dance costume design, construction, business, and history.  Once you join us on Patreon, you will gain access to the entire back-catalog of content. Have questions about Patreon? Message me via the Patreon site for more details.

  • Coffee Club $3 – Each month I’ll share one (or more) informal conversations where I share information, product reviews, project updates studio reports.  Click for more details
  • Sewing and Design Mini-Workshops/Demos $7 – At this level, you will have access to a new sewing or design workshop.  Through 2023, we will continue to work on covering and embellishing belly dance bras.  This level includes access to the Coffee Club talks. Click for more details
  • Lecture Series $15. – Members of the Lecture Series tier have access to a monthly history talk related to belly dance history and research. They also get access to all of the content at the Coffee Club and Sewing Workshop/Demo tiers. Click 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.” 

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 is 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”
Bi-Monthly Newsletter and Curated Content From across the web

“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. 

Each issue in this Bi-Monthly newsletter includes links to blog posts, articles, and intriguing performance and informational videos. Upcoming events near and far as well as 7-10 curated links to great content around the web. 

Click here to read a past issue:  “Studio Davina: Belly Dance Mini-Magazine” 

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Swirl – Studio Davina’s Performance Ensemble

Swirl, my little troupe is currently on hiatus. Here’s a video of a fun performance with me and my group of proteges from Sept. 30, 2018.