Fanoos Magazine, Spring 2021


Today I woke up and was thrilled to discover that I made the cover of Fanoos Magazine.  The production team over at the magazine approached me in March to schedule an interview.  They sent me a list of 10 thought-provoking questions that really made me stop and pause for reflection.  If you would like to read this piece, click through to the Fanoos website.

Happy Costuming!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
April 15, 2021




April Event: 2-Hour Skirt Workshop

“2-Hour Skirt”

90 Minute Live Multi-Media Zoom Workshop/Demo
Sunday, April 25, Noon Pacific
$25 on the BDBA site
Click to Reserve your Space

Q: Can you make a performance-ready
belly dance skirt in under 2 hours?

A: Yes, You Can! 

Join me for a costuming workshop Using a basic sewing machine, some simple patterning, and sewing skills, you can go from a pile of fabrics and notions to a finished micro-sequin skirt in less than 2-hours!

Workshop/Demo Includes:

  • Three different skirt styles and shapes
  • Cutting without drafting a pattern
  • Tips for working with Micro Sequin Fabric
  • Complete list of tools and materials – save time and money!
  • Includes a printable eBook with complete start-to-finish directions

Save Time

Using the right materials, and having the patterning and sewing techniques will make it fast – and easy. Mostly straight line sewing using an ordinary sewing machine.

Save Money

Depending on where you purchase your fabric, these skirts styles can be made today for less than $50, and I bought all the materials for each of these three skirt demos for less than $30 ea.

Fit Your Body

We’re not using a pattern, but rather, taking your measurements and cutting to fit. Starting with the right materials and tools will give you a beautiful outcome for any size or shaped dancer’s body!

Fit Your Style

We have three very different shapes and hem widths, so you will find a style that works for you. Love your leg out? We’ll talk slits! Love to spin? We’ll talk full circle? Fancy a mermaid Moment? We’ve got one of those for ya too!

2-Hour Skirt eBook

Once the workshop is over, use the eBook as a guide for sourcing materials, taking measurements, making patterns, cutting, sewing, and fitting your creations.  This book includes information and ideas beyond the scope of the 90-minute workshop/demo. The “2-Hour Skirt” eBook includes more than the three styles included in the workshop, variations on each skirt theme, and more advanced fitting techniques. 

Come join me for the fun and learn how to quickly and affordably enhance and refresh your belly dance wardrobe over the coming months with a wardrobe of new skirts!  Reserve your space today.

If you have questions about this costume-making event, I’m available via Instagram, Facebook, and good ‘ole email davina at davina dot US.

New costume pieces for spring?
Let’s do it!

Dawn Devine ~ Davina
April 6, 2021


“Doing” Belly Dance History – Fact vs. Theory

Topic & Talk: “Doing” Belly Dance History
Research Tip: Be clear on the difference between what is a fact, and what is theory.
Image: Cycladic Idol Figure, Chalcolithic period, Getty Malibu

QUESTION:  Is this a sculpture of a woman dancing?

Perhaps I’m stepping onto a soapbox, but I think as researchers we need to be very clear with our communication and share information about our research as clearly and accurately as possible. Over the past 50 years, there’s been a lot of theory presented as fact in magazine articles, blog posts, and even published books.  Sometimes ideas get repeated so many times, these myths, concepts, and ideas begin to seem or “feel” like facts.

Fact vs. Theory

As researchers, we need to be clear when communicating our own analyses and theories.  The facts are that this figurine is from the Middle Chalcolithic Period, approximately 2800 – 2000 BCE during the Copper Age.  She was made in an era before writing, so we have no concrete evidence of why she was made or how she was used.   
In my opinion, this Cycladic Idol Figure located at the Getty Museum in Malibu is in a very typical dance stance.  By looking at her from all angles, we can see that artist has captured one of the signature poses of dancers from this region today.  Her arms extended, her torso elongated, and her knees are bent.  Could she be a depiction of one of our dance ancestors?  The truthful answer is that we will never know. 

Cycladic Idol Figurine

But I use her in talks and point out her posture and share my theory as theory.  Even the venerable Getty museum has made an assumption by calling her a “Goddess Figure.”  Couldn’t she also be a worshipful supplicant?  Could she possibly be a priestess?    Back and side views from the Getty Publication “Early Cycladic Sculpture.”  It’s available to read online or for download here:
So though we never will know, she’s still a useful figurine to consider when contemplating our most ancient dance roots.  This summer when the travel bans are lifted, I’m looking forward to going to the Getty museum and taking my own photos from all sides to add to my personal archive. 

“Doing” Belly Dance History

Saturday, March, 27, 2:00 pm PT
90-minute Digital Seminar
plus eBook study guide
Only $20
Click through to reserve your space:
Hosted by Sara Shrapnell
This seminar is presented art historical style, with loads of lush images that trace the history of our dance art. If you have ever been curious about my approach to conducting archival research, how I plan and organize my projects, and store the data, this is the talk for you!
Happy Researching!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
March 19, 2021