Category: <span>Costumes</span>

FOR SALE: one of a kind Eshta Amar costume

CUSTOM HOUSE OF ESHTA 6-PIECE COSTUME Please read the whole listing before you email with questions…I think I’ve included nearly everything you could want to know. I had a little cry as I photographed and measured this beauty…my pain is your gain! Commissioned several years ago, Eshta made only 2 costumes with this sunset gradient…


Styles & stars of “bellydance” video clips

You can find a one-stop video clip library of the best of Egyptian dance at Sahra Saeeda Kent’s YouTube channel. A one-stop guide to get a clear and accurate picture of what this dance form should look like.  Get a very clear idea of what Nicola does and doesn’t teach or perform. Understand Egyptian dance,…


Looking the Part: General Costuming Guidelines for Performance of Middle Eastern Dance

Students of Middle Eastern dance find out very soon into their studies that this is a costly dance form, with a world of deliciously sparkly, beautiful choices of costuming, both homemade and imported. The average student of the dance is in it as a hobby, and would be best advised to keep her spending modest…


Dance Costume Checklist for Performers

Costume type should be appropriate to music, style of dance, and venue. Layer sheer fabrics for modesty and be careful of skirt slits in front, back or sides as too much may show when spinning, bending, jumping, doing floor-work, or if up high on a stage. Tight costumes may also impede movement, so check comfort…


Pointers & Info for Students in Recitals

by Nicola, 2007, updated February 2010 _____________________________ This is a generalized checklist of reminders that I provide to all my students as we are entering into recital time. Other teachers are welcome to use it and adapt it, with credit. I have compiled these based on the protocols issued by various dance festivals and studios…


The Bellydance Problem Solver: A Compendium of Practical Advice

PROBLEM: Your hip belt or skirt begins to slide down while your are performing. Possible Solutions: Try to lift it up discretely. If it falls just step over it and move on. Hopefully you are wearing another layer of costuming! While pulling it up distract with a dance movement. Be careful not to step on…


Care Recommendations for Costuming

The following information is based on my experience not only as a professional dancer who has sewn, repaired, and worn a wide variety of costuming, but also as someone who has worked with historic clothing and artifacts in the university and museum setting. I volunteered and worked in several settings, cleaning, labeling, and repairing costuming,…


Q ~ What are the veils all about?

The veil, in Orientale dance, is not worn as a garment, nor over the face.  It is not meant to imitate the niqab or hijab, or at least it shouldn’t.  Veiling in that sense has important religious and cultural connotations that most of us try to respect when we dance. On occasion, you can find…


Q ~ Is fancy lingerie acceptable as costuming? I have a beautiful sequined bra.

No, no and no. If it looks like lingerie, it is just that, and lingerie, no matter how pretty, is still underwear. It lacks sufficient reinforcement and decoration to be a proper costume piece. Share on Facebook Follow me…