Sahina has written many how to articles in her blog to help dancers learn to make their own costumes and accessories. New articles are added several times per year. Here are links to the current selection:
5 Minute Hair Flower Tutorial
How to Make Your Own Saidi Cane
How to Make a Floral Headpiece
How to Sew Zill Elastic
Circle Skirt Tutorial
Triangle Hip Wrap Tutorial
Photos of belly dancers are so beautiful and captivating- and there is a lot of work that goes into making that happen! This blog series will discuss how those gorgeous photos come to be and help lead you through all of the necessary steps to having a successful professional photoshoot.
Part 1- The Basics
Part 2- A Good Photographer is a Dancer's Best Friend
Part 3- Behind the Scenes
Part 4- Location, location, location
Part 5- Your Look
Fearless Photoshoot Workshops
The incredibly talented duo of Hayam and Ashley Elizabth Photography co-teach photoshoot workshops together. Hayam does professional styling to help dancers work on poses that accentuate their natural beauty while Ashley Elizabeth works her magic behind the lens. My dear friend Aralia Pearl and I love to host their Fearless Photoshoot workshops once a year in western MA to bring this fun service to our local area. Take a look at some of the incredible photos from the last workshop in summer 2016!
Nowadays it is easy to find products that will make you look great on stage and avoid animal testing or animal-derived ingredients. I wrote a blog post as a guide to help you find ways of converting your makeup to be free of products that cause harm to animals and to help people who already shop for these types of makeup products to discover new brands. It discusses what the terms cruelty free and/or vegan are intended to mean, and recommendations of some of my favorite products to help get you started. It isn’t intended as a complete list of options (though I will include a resource section at the end where you can find more) but as a recommendation guide for what I use as my makeup for professional events and photoshoots.
Another version of the blog on the fabulous site Belly Dance New England!
Forthcoming articles will include exact products I used to create some of my stage makeup looks. If there are other resources you would like to see let me know!