Studio Davina Jan. Coffee Chat 2024
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
1M ago
Have you ever seen the book “Belly Dance: Celebrating the Sacred Feminine?”  Written by Los Angeles-based photographer Martha Burns, this limited-edition coffee-table book is stunning! Martha Burns’ book is featured in this month’s Studio Davina Coffee Chat. It was published in 2009. and I met Martha in 2008 at the Desert Dance Festival in San Jose California.  She told me about her upcoming project. She explained her twin passions of photography and belly dance. This book was expensive, but a real labor of love. Martha hoped it would be the start of many more books to follow. Fast ..read more
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“The Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box”
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
2M ago
The Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box: Three Class Series Join me this winter quarter for the first course of 2024.  “The Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box” will focus on the process of “doing” archival belly dance research. From abstract concepts to practical methodology. The Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box is a three-class series that takes a deep dive into three critical areas to help you take your historical research activities to the next level. Winter Quarter, 2024 Introduction – Release Date Jan. 15, 2024 Part 1 – On History – Release Date Jan ..read more
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La Belle Otero
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
2M ago
La Belle Otero This powerful sculpture of La Belle Otero by Camilo Rodríguez Vidal is located in Valga, Spain. This statue is a tribute to this legendary Belle Epoch entertainer who was born Agustina del Carmen Otero Iglesias in 1869. La Belle Otero took the Parisian nightclub scene by storm in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. She was a singer, dancer, and notorious and unabashed courtesan. Her little black book included heads of state, dukes, and even a king or two!  At the apex of notoriety, she was one of the stars of the famous Follies Bèrgere. When the Salome dance moveme ..read more
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A Blast From the Past: Latifa Davis c. 1984
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
3M ago
Latifa Davis in Assiut c. 1984   Story Time: A Long Time Ago… Back in 1982, I had dreams of being a Rockette dancer in New York City.  But due to a major injury, I hung up my toe shoes. Of course, it just changed my direction and so I explored other ways to express myself through dance, and make money doing it! I started my classes with a dance instructor named Brenda at a small mixed-technique dance studio whose name I cannot recall in Milwaukee, WI. However, I had big dreams of becoming a costume designer and historian and I was only there briefly before I graduated high school an ..read more
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November 2023 Class News
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
3M ago
Building a Belly Dance History Talk Behind the Scenes of “The Belly Dance Historian’s Toolbox” If you’ve been following me for a while costume history is my jam!  I began presenting slide-history lectures as an art history student in college. That’s way back before the turn of the century.  By special request from one of my Patreon members, I’m sharing my current process of “Doing” belly dance history. Over the next three months, watch for my latest class series, “The Belly Dance Historian’s Toolbox.”  “But how DO you put together one of these history classes?” I’ve spent the p ..read more
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Happy Halloween 2023
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
4M ago
Happy Halloween! As I write this, it’s the last day of October 2023 and I wish you all a happy and safe celebration of the harvest season. November Events: Fabulous Fall Festival and Bellydance Bundle The past two months have been extraordinarily busy here in Studio Davina. I’ve had to face the facts, During Oct/Nov. 2023, I’ve seriously bitten off more than I can chew. Over the past two months, I’ve temporarily sidelined a few major projects to make room in my schedule to tackle two big events, The Fabulous Fall Festival and the Bellydance bundle 2023. Left: Screen grab of the editing process ..read more
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Loie Fuller – Grandmother of Dancing Wings
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
4M ago
Lois Fuller – Dancing with Wings In 1902 Frederick Glasier took photos of the internationally acclaimed dancer Loie Fuller. Glasier was an extraordinary photographer who focused on the world of the performing arts from the 1890s – 1930s. He’s famous for his stark and gritty circus images and is a pioneer in capturing action shots.  In 1902 he shot this series with Lioe, who by that time, was an internationally known dance artist. Loie Fuller was known for her signature spinning dances. They were performed with voluminous skirts mounted with sticks reaching to her hemlines. Like our modern ..read more
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The Belly Dance Bundle 2023
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
5M ago
The Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box The hosts of the Bellydance Bundle 2023 invited me back! Thank You!  I’m grateful for your continued support of my work and the excellent workshop reviews.  It is such a privilege to join a list of my heroes and colleagues.  They span the spectrum of dance from ethnographic to American Cabaret through all the nuances that fusion offers. This year, I’m sharing the nuts and bolts of research in “The Belly Dance Historian’s Tool Box.”  In this history slide talk, I’m going to share all of my strategies for engaging in historical research ..read more
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1966 Belly Dance Clip of Aida Fries
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
5M ago
During the kitschy mid-20th century spy films, you can often spot belly dancers.  The absurdist comedy “The Last of the Secret Agents,” one of the many James Bond spoofs of the era.  Towards the end of the film, our heroes find themselves in “Zoltans,” and the action of the film pauses for a belly dance interlude. The dancer is the lovely Aida Fries, who performed throughout the Sothern California area in the 1970s. By the time I arrived, she was just a legend.   Enjoy this vintage belly dance clip, Dawn Devine ~ Davina Oct. 2023 The post 1966 Belly Dance Clip of Aida Fri ..read more
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Davina Dances?
Dawn Devine | Belly Dance Costume Design
by Davina
5M ago
“Last Minute Video Gig” Prop-a-Palooza, Sept. 2023 Hosted by Lisa Jean  Less of a dance video, and more of a cheeky skit, I put this video together for Lisa Jean’s fall show, Prop-a-Plooza.  I pulled a very old piece of music out of the vault, “Leh Leh Leh” or “Why, oh Why”  by Emad Sayyah off of his album “Sayyah: Best Songs.”  Back in the early 2000’s I used this piece for school presentations, conventions, and community events.  This song is silly and bright and  just as fun as I remembered! I hope you enjoy this departure from my usual fair,   Dawn ..read more
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