Tag: <span>costuming</span>

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…


General Guidelines for Informal Recitals or Haflahs

Informal recitals (e.g. where dancers perform in a large open area, in a community centre or gym) and haflahs (parties) are often students’ first foray into performing. They can, however, present logistical challenges, and have unique issues and attributes that every dancer, regardless of ability, must face. Share on Facebook Follow me…


About Formal Stage Shows

In no particular order… These types of shows often:  feature local and visiting dancers and a headliner or star, who closes the show; or, feature a variety of dancing amongst which is bellydancing place the better dancers later in each half of the show, and latest in the second half, with some exceptions; or, may…


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,…


The Golden Guidelines for Performing (in any venue, at any level, for any reason…)

Here is the best advice I have been given, the best advice I can pass on, and what has served me best in all areas and all venues of performing. I always try to be prepared, plan for a few scenarios, and expect that something will go wonky, if not for me then for someone…


What Should You Expect from a Professional Performer? (Are you truly ready to call yourself a professional?)

The following checklist should be used as a guideline, both for the student who is considering taking their dancing further and for the potential patron wanting more information about hiring a dancer. Any performer calling themselves a “professional” should be able to meet a minimum set of standards and expectations for a show, be it…