"Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage" Is a stagecraft handbook for belly dancers. It provides valuable information, learned-in-the-trenches tips, and guidance for belly dancers who are ready to take the step from student to performer.
Sara Shrapnell, author of “Teaching Belly Dance” and Dawn Devine, author of “Cloth of Egypt” and 13 other belly dance and costuming books, including the bestselling “Embellished Bras” and the now classic “Costuming from the Hip”, are teaming up to bring out a new book in the Fall of 2016. Between them, they have more than 50 years of combined experience as performers, teachers, dancers and costume designers.
Alisha Westerfeld is exploring the established and upcoming talent of the Bay Area to bring her beautiful photography to the project. International belly dance celebrity and costume designer Poppy Maya brings her own special brand of “Additional Awesomeness” to the book, and the input of a young dancer, currently making her living through belly dance.
The authors hope to bring the warmth, support, and humor of a teacher in absence, a true friend, and a trusted adviser who has only one main goal: you, the belly dancer.
Sara says, "We want to focus on helping you be the best prepared physically and mentally for the challenges of performing for friends, family, the dance community, and the greater society, both in person at public venues, and via media available on the internet."
The book covers everything a performing belly dancer needs to know, from improving dance skills, good practice habits, preparing physically and emotionally, critiquing, picking your music and venues and dancer etiquette. In addition the book will include extensive sections on costume design and selection, sewing and no sewing costumes, accessorizing, hair and makeup and presenting to the world the very best belly dancer that you can be.
Dawn says, " It is our hope that the reader will find this book a useful and inspiring tool that will help them be ready for the big day, so they can dazzle, impress and wow with talent and style."
"Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage" is an 8x10 book with 402 pages packed full of nearly 800 stunning black and white photos. Alisha Westerfeld has done a magnificent job of photographing belly dancers of all ages and styles. We have also included photographs by Micheal Baxter and Kelle McAbee.
We've put together a collection of fun and useful things crafted by our team of authors for you to consider. All the descriptions are in the bar at right. Everyone who pledges at $35 and above will receive a copy of the book signed by all four authors. Not only is this a great price - as our MSRP will be higher - but it's one of the rare opportunities to get the book signed by all four authors.
If you're interest in supporting our project, but not keen on having a book, we've got three ways that you could help us achieve our aims. You can pledge $3 which will buy one of our tireless authors, costumers, photographers, or dancers, a cup of coffee or tea. You can also contribute $10 and choose a digital copy of Dawn Devine's 48 page illustrated booklet, "Style File: A Visual Vocabulary of Middle Eastern Belly Dance." Or, you could select to receive our Digital Resource Guide which includes a bibliography, glossary, and research guide for pursuing your own studies in belly dance.
There are three options for folks interested in getting one of our handcrafted premiums. For a pledge of $55, will get a signed copy of the book and one of these wonderful costuming accessories.
If you're building your book collection, we've created some special pairings for contributions in the $60 - $90 range.
For $150 - We are offering a 5 book bundle of "Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage" a great value for teachers who are buying for their students, or troupes who are teaming up to make a bulk purchase.
For $200 - You can also get all of Dawn's Books, the full collection of 8 titles including her latest title "Zills: Music on Your Fingertips," and "Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage." Also included is "Costuming from the Hip," "The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut," "Embellished Bras," "Bedlah, Baubles, & Beads," "From Turban to Toe Ring," and "Skirting the Issues, Pants for the Dance." For more information on each title in this bundle, visit her website here: http://www.davina.us/blog/books/
Our two designers, Poppy Maya and Dawn Devine are also offering two custom costume options as shown below which includes a signed book. and costume pieces made just for you!
Chapter One : Learning the Craft - Defining the styles of belly dance, selecting a teacher, attending workshops, home practice and goal setting.
Chapter Two : Mind over Matter - Motivation, stage fright, rehearsing, malfunctions, critique and evaluation.
Chapter Three : Five layers of Personal Appearance - Getting a professional look, from costuming to jewelry, make up and hair.
Chapter Four : Wardrobing Strategies - Putting together a working wardrobe, making wise purchases, selling costumes, storage and packing.
Chapter Five : Sounding Good - All things musical. Selecting music, editing, and planning a performance set.
Chapter Six : Performances and Venues - The variety of venues, planning performances and being the perfect dancer for every venue.
Chapter Seven : Etiquette, Ethics and Staying Safe - Class rules, social norms and protecting yourself and those around you.
Chapter Eight : Sharing it with the World - Marketing, promotions, photographs, business cards and websites.
Chapter Nine : Going Pro - The realities of dancing for a living, and other ways to make money from belly dance.
Chapter Ten: Simple Costuming Projects - Instructions and inspirations for full bedlah, belts, skirts, dresses and a cover up.
In addition we have lots of further info, such as the glossary, selected reading and further research ideas.
"Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage" is the stagecraft handbook the belly dance world has been waiting for. With your help, our completed manuscript will become a full realized book in November. We hope that you will take a moment to look at our premiums at right and join us in our mission. Thank you for your support of our project.
Risks and challenges
"Becoming a Belly Dancer" is currently in its final proof. Of 402 pages, less than a dozen need minor adjustments. Dawn Devine has published more than a dozen books through Amazon, and completed a fully funded kickstarter for her last book "The Cloth of Egypt : All About Assuit". Sara Shrapnell has published a previous book through Amazon. We are confident that "Becoming a Belly Dancer" will be completed by the end of 2016.
There are a number of sewing projects offered as rewards. We expect to work on these early in the new year. Supporters can help us by providing their bras and other measurements as early as possible.
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