Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage

Product Details:
Paperback: 402 pages
Book Size: 8 x 10 inches
Hoffman Gifford Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692592059
ISBN-13: 978-0692592052
MSRP: $42.95 USD
Becoming a Belly Dancer:
From Student to Stage

A Stagecraft handbook by
Sara Shrapnell,
Dawn Devine,
Alisha Westerfeld,
and Poppy Maya

Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage is a stagecraft handbook that provides valuable information, learned-in-the-trenches tips, and guidance for belly dancers who are ready to take the step from student to performer.

Sara Shrapnell, author of “Teaching Belly Dance” and Dawn Devine, author of “Cloth of Egypt” and 13 other belly dance and costuming books, including the bestselling “Embellished Bras” and the now classic “Costuming from the Hip”, have collaborated to produce “Becoming a Belly Dancer”. Between them, they have more than 50 years of combined experience as performers, teachers, dancers and costume designers.

Alisha Westerfeld explored the established and upcoming talent of the San Francisco Bay Area to bring her beautiful photography to the project.

International belly dance celebrity and costume designer Poppy Maya adds her own special brand of “Additional Awesomeness” to the book, and the input of a young dancer, currently making her living through belly dance.

The authors hope to bring the warmth, support, and humor of a teacher in absence, a true friend and a trusted advisor who has only one main goal: you. They want to focus on helping you be the best prepared physically and mentally for the challenges of performing for friends, family, the dance community, and the greater society, both in person at public venues, and via media available on the internet.

This book covers improving your dance skills, good practice habits, preparing physically and emotionally, critiquing, picking your music and venues and dancer etiquette. In addition the book includes extensive sections on costume design and selection, sewing and no sewing costumes, accessorizing, hair and makeup and presenting to the world the very best belly dancer that you can be.

Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage is a useful and inspiring tool that will help belly dancers to be ready for the big day, so they can dazzle, impress and wow with talent and style.

Chapter Summaries

Chapter One: Learning the Craft – Defining the styles of belly dance, selecting a teacher, attending workshops, home practice and goal setting.


Chapter Two: Mind over Matter – Motivation, stage fright, rehearsing, malfunctions, critique and evaluation.


Chapter Three: Five layers of Personal Appearance – Getting a professional look, from costuming to jewelry, make up and hair.


Chapter Four: Wardrobing Strategies – Putting together a working wardrobe, making wise purchases, selling costumes, storage and packing.


Chapter Five: Sounding Good – All things musical. Selecting music, editing, and planning a performance set.


Chapter Six: Performances and Venues – The variety of venues, planning performances and being the perfect dancer for every venue.


Chapter Seven: Etiquette, Ethics and Staying Safe – Class rules, social norms and protecting yourself and those around you.


Chapter Eight: Sharing it with the World – Marketing, promotions, photographs, business cards and websites.


Chapter Nine: Going Pro – The realities of dancing for a living, and other ways to make money from belly dance.


Chapter Ten: Simple Costuming Projects – Instructions and inspirations for full bedlah, belts, skirts, dresses and a cover up.


In addition we have lots of further info, such as the glossary, selected reading and further research ideas.