Hello there! My name is Dawn Devine aka Davina, and I've devoted my life to sharing information about belly dance costume and appearance. In this first installment of my "Think Like A Designer" series of workshops, demos, and seminars, I present the "Five Layers of Belly Dance Appearance."
This short class presents a framework for discussions about belly dance costume. Every profession has a vocabulary, a list of accepted terms that work to build the communal knowledge base of the industry. "The Five Layers" is a system for organizing discussions about belly dance costuming from the inside out. Demystifying the complexity, and breaking down the appearance into smaller, more easily understandable components. The framework makes it easier to not just think about all the parts and pieces of costuming in a more coherent way, but allows you to communicate your ideas more effectively.
The result? It becomes much easier to communicate information about costume and appearance to your students, costume makers and dealers who help you build your wardrobe, amongst troupe mates and performance partners for show planning, and even to the general public who might ask you about your "look."
I hope you enjoy my class!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
Dawn Devine aka Davina has been involved professionally with the world of belly dancing for more than 30 years. Her primary focus has been writing and publishing books about costume and dance including the best selling Embellished Bras, the seminal Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut , and her latest book, Zills: Music on Your Fingertips. Recently, she has co-authored Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage with author/instructor Sara Shrapnell, photographer Alisha Westerfeld, and international pro-dancer and stylist Poppy Maya. Davina hosts a an informative blog on her website Studio Davina, where she writes on the subjects of belly dance costume and appearance. In 2017, she launched a new project, a free digital magazine called Amabella which is located on the ISSUU website. If you are interested in her books, visit Davina's website or Amazon.com for more details.
Upcoming classes with Davina will focus on her twin loves of belly dance costuming and publication development.