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Belly dance is one of the oldest known forms of dancing. As the name suggest that it involves the movements of belly. However, the belly dance emphasizes on other parts of the body like the hips and the chest as well. This form of dancing is uniquely designed to suit the female body. Traditionally, belly dance is performed with bare feet. The moves of this dance are sensuous movements of the torso and a lot of shaking of the body.

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Belly dance Costume Requirements


Dance costume must harmonize with the dance. The costume should never hinder the movements of the dancer or attract too much attention. A costume needs to be simple and expressive. Dancing in ordinary clothing restricts movements. Through dancing in a standard or elaborate costume a dancer is placed in the correct frame of mind and mood to dance. Some Teachers vary on what they require for dancing outfits. However, the focus should be placed on the movement and not the body shapes. A costume is required to be formfitting to emphasize the visual art of architectural designs that the dancer’s body creates. It is an extension of the dancer’s movement and should never be just put on. The formfitting costumes allow teachers to see the placement of the dancer’s body, and to make sure that the movement is right. If a dancer makes a faulty placement it can weaken or injure them.

Belly dance jewelry & Accessories


The dancer’s tights and accessories should be worn so that the line of the dancer’s body can be seen clearly. Shorts shouldn’t be worn, because they don’t protect the dancer’s legs when doing floor work, and they don’t keep the body’s heat centered in the legs. Centering body heat to the legs helps keep the dancer’s muscles warm. Also, the belly dance costume needs to accommodate quick changes.

The most successful costumes portray or relate to some characteristic or mood of the dance. When designing dance costumes it is required to analyze the costume’s function in relation to the purpose. The main people involved with the designing of the costume are the choreographer, designer, costume maker, and dancer. The costume should be designed according to the movements of the dancer, the budget, and to the comfort of dancer. A costume should not be just worn, the dancer needs to take advantage of its restrictions and use them to enhance the visual designs or ideas. Belly Dance costume makes it possible to extend the potentials of the body design in space and to add new elements of stage interest.

Designing of Belly Dance Costume & Accessories

 Belly Dance costume needs to be designed with the understanding that the dancer has to move in the costume. A dance costume’s purpose is to support the concept of the dance. It should not dominate or overwhelm movement or the dancers in color, pattern, or mass. It shouldn’t look like the costume is “wearing the dancer”. The costume should be designed to the theme of the dance. A dance costume needs to flatter the dancers, but can either harmonize or provide contrast to the dance. The jewelry and costumes need to work together and work with the movements. They should allow movements to happen comfortably; so that the dancer does not have to worry about ripping their costume or losing jewelry. If a dancer is being lifted in the dance number then the costume shouldn’t have bulky fabric around the dancer’s waist or accessories or belly dance jewelry that the lifter can get their fingers caught on. Dance costume and jewelry should fit like second skin so that the costume moves with the body of the dancer. The costume needs to be quick and easy to fasten, this can be made possible through Velcro or hooks allow.

Color is the area of greatest exploration. It has a direct appeal to the audience’s emotions. Colors can either absorb or reflect light waves. Strong and intense colors tire the eyes. The designer should choose the colors of a costume while considering the amount of light it absorbs or reflects.

Dancers require certain accessories for their costumes. A dancer requires bobby pins belly dance jewelry and elastic bands for their hair, a towel to wipe away sweat, and sometimes they require knee pads. When using knee pads a thinner padding is easier to work with. A dancer should be prepared for any clothing emergency that may come.

Usually a designer will apply accessories to a costume to help it relate more to the theme the dance. A designer may create false sleeves, collars, cuffs, wristbands, and shawls to emphasize the desired mood of the dance.