Belly Dance Costuming DIY Design General

Costuming Tip: When in doubt – don’t wear black!

Once upon a time, I was invited to dance in a show at a venue I’ve never been to before.  I figured, I’ll wear something simple and easy.  I didn’t stop to think about the potential environment, and choose a costume that was completely black to make some tribal jewelry really pop.  Well – I arrived to discover venue featured a tiny black-box style theater with minimal golden top light and one big spot. Then I remembered the old axiom of the entertainment world. When in doubt about the venue, don’t wear black!  While restaurants are filled with different colors, textures, if you’re dancing in a theatrical environment, the odds of dancing on a black stage with black curtains is very high. Many small theaters use deep flat black for its neutral, non-distracting environment that is affordable to keep up.   I did the show, and got some great photos of myself, if I like floating head shots.  Perhaps my life lesson remembered will help you choose your costumes with better results!

Happy Costuming!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
Aug. 7, 2015


By Davina

Davina ~ Dawn Devine is a belly dance costume designer, dance instructor and author of more than a dozen publications on Middle Eastern dance.