DIY finger cymbal (zill) storage

DIY bags for finger cymbal (zill) storage

There are zill bags and there are ZILL BAGS. There is nothing quite so thrilling as pulling out your zill bag and having it admired by your fellow belly dancers! Custom making your own zill bags is a great way …

About Davina

Dawn Devine (aka Davina) has been involved in the belly dance community scene since before the turn of the century. She started her professional career in belly dance in San Diego and danced in numerous restaurants, most of which, are unfortunately long gone! Davina relied on her art school and costume industry training to make her own costumes and eventually taught workshops and classes on belly dance costuming to friends, students, and colleagues, and those handouts became the basis of her first book “Costuming from the Hip”. Over the past two decades, she's made thousands of costumes for dancers of every size and have sent them world-wide. Her main passion is sharing the knowledge of how to design, build and fit costumes at home through writing. She's written more than a dozen books on belly dance costuming, and currently has six books in print on Amazon.com including the latest book, “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut”.


Traveling for belly dance

1) Plan strategically: Before you start packing, visit the website of your airline and find out what THEIR restrictions are. Every airline has their own unique way of calculating luggage fees. Domestic US flights can be very different from international flights even on …

About Davina

Dawn Devine (aka Davina) has been involved in the belly dance community scene since before the turn of the century. She started her professional career in belly dance in San Diego and danced in numerous restaurants, most of which, are unfortunately long gone! Davina relied on her art school and costume industry training to make her own costumes and eventually taught workshops and classes on belly dance costuming to friends, students, and colleagues, and those handouts became the basis of her first book “Costuming from the Hip”. Over the past two decades, she's made thousands of costumes for dancers of every size and have sent them world-wide. Her main passion is sharing the knowledge of how to design, build and fit costumes at home through writing. She's written more than a dozen books on belly dance costuming, and currently has six books in print on Amazon.com including the latest book, “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut”.


Giving good face: July's makeup challenge

Giving good face: July’s makeup challenge

What is the one thing that every belly dancer needs regardless of size, shape, style or age? Makeup! Bright red lips, sexy dark eyes with cat-like eyeliner and gigantic fluttery eyelashes are all parts of the standard belly dancer look. …

About Davina

Dawn Devine (aka Davina) has been involved in the belly dance community scene since before the turn of the century. She started her professional career in belly dance in San Diego and danced in numerous restaurants, most of which, are unfortunately long gone! Davina relied on her art school and costume industry training to make her own costumes and eventually taught workshops and classes on belly dance costuming to friends, students, and colleagues, and those handouts became the basis of her first book “Costuming from the Hip”. Over the past two decades, she's made thousands of costumes for dancers of every size and have sent them world-wide. Her main passion is sharing the knowledge of how to design, build and fit costumes at home through writing. She's written more than a dozen books on belly dance costuming, and currently has six books in print on Amazon.com including the latest book, “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut”.


Super-Quick Radiating Pleats Bra Tutorial

Super-quick radiating pleats belly dance bra tutorial

Are you belly dancing next week Saturday and tired of your wardrobe choices? Do you feel the need to change up your image, right now? Do you have the power to use needle and thread? If the answer to any …

About Davina

Dawn Devine (aka Davina) has been involved in the belly dance community scene since before the turn of the century. She started her professional career in belly dance in San Diego and danced in numerous restaurants, most of which, are unfortunately long gone! Davina relied on her art school and costume industry training to make her own costumes and eventually taught workshops and classes on belly dance costuming to friends, students, and colleagues, and those handouts became the basis of her first book “Costuming from the Hip”. Over the past two decades, she's made thousands of costumes for dancers of every size and have sent them world-wide. Her main passion is sharing the knowledge of how to design, build and fit costumes at home through writing. She's written more than a dozen books on belly dance costuming, and currently has six books in print on Amazon.com including the latest book, “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut”.


Just add assiut

Need an instant costume? Just add assiut!

Assiut is a hand crafted textile, made in Egypt by women working in their home studios. Long prized by belly dancers for its ethnographic appeal, wear-ability, sparkle and shine. Assiut is made from metal wire, or plate, that is about 1/8” wide. The …

About Davina

Dawn Devine (aka Davina) has been involved in the belly dance community scene since before the turn of the century. She started her professional career in belly dance in San Diego and danced in numerous restaurants, most of which, are unfortunately long gone! Davina relied on her art school and costume industry training to make her own costumes and eventually taught workshops and classes on belly dance costuming to friends, students, and colleagues, and those handouts became the basis of her first book “Costuming from the Hip”. Over the past two decades, she's made thousands of costumes for dancers of every size and have sent them world-wide. Her main passion is sharing the knowledge of how to design, build and fit costumes at home through writing. She's written more than a dozen books on belly dance costuming, and currently has six books in print on Amazon.com including the latest book, “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut”.