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Missed a Lecture? Mahin is hosting a holiday sale!


Treat yourself to an informative lecture this holiday season!

Mahin is having a sale – for a limited time
Catch a Lecture Replay for only $20 each!
Now through the end of December
Bellydance Quickies Website to Reserve Your Lecture

Now through the end of December, you can pick up one of my past lectures hosted by Mahin of the Belly Dance Quickies.  I’ve been reading this newsletter for an age and I was so pleased when she invited me to what I think of as the “Belly Dance Nerd Core!”  Mahin sponsors live lectures with scholars, master instructors, musicians, and thought leaders in our art form.

In addition to my workshops, you can catch a workshop with master dancer and cultural researcher Morocco, musician, and Dr. George Sawa, the talented working professional dancer Vanessa of Cairo, and Mahin, our hostess, and expert on anatomy and sports physiology!

There are lots of topics to suit a variety of tastes!

I’ve included brief descriptions of my lectures below.  If you have any questions about the content, please feel free to email me directly, or message me on Facebook.  If you have purchasing questions, contact Mahin via her website for answers.

It’s always thrilling to be included with such illustrious scholars, instructors, and talented performers!

I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season, 
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
December 16, 2020

Need more info?  Here are the descriptions of my workshops included in this holiday sale.

All About Assiut

This is the second version of my assiut workshop produced after my book “The Cloth of Egypt.”  It covers the history, technique, use, wear, and care of this fabulous fabric.  I’ve presented this talk in museums and schools, conferences and conventions, at belly dance haflas and classes.  I was delighted to bring it to Mahin’s lecture series, and I’m so very happy she’s included it in this sale!

Dancers in Orientalist Art

As a trained art historian, I love sharing presentations about the history of art, and especially, the theme of the dancer throughout human history.  This particular presentation is deep dive into what Orientalism really was in terms of who was creating it, who was consuming it, and how these artists and patrons contributed to whetting the global appetite for what we now call belly dance.

Salomania: Fact and Fiction

Since publishing “The Cloth of Egypt,” I’ve picked up this new research project that seeks to answer the question “What is the origin point for the three-piece belly dance costume.”  In this talk, I discuss the fad for Salome dancers in the first two decades of the 20th century.  I discuss where her costume comes from, what made it unique, and scandalous, and how it laid the foundation for our current belly dance costumes today.  This lecture includes many images that you may not have seen before that I’ve found during my research.

50 Fascinating Facts About Finger Cymbals

This talk is the companion to my book “Zills: Music on Your Fingertips.”  It traces the development of finger cymbals from the depths of pre-history in the copper age and illustrates their history.  From ancient cymbals and their relatives to modern manufacturing methods, I’ll be sharing some of the most interesting, and often unknown, information about these instruments we know and love.

120 Years of BELLY DANCE Costume History

Costume history is my jam!  In this talk, I trace the development of our costumes from the 19th century until the dawn of the internet age.  I’ll be discussing how inventions in design, developments in textile production, and changes in style through time influence our choice of ensembles today.


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.