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Evolution of Class Attire
for Middle Eastern Dance

By Vashti


Vashti reminisces about the phases she went through with dance class attire over the years:


  1. What do I wear to class?
  2. Old worn leggings and T-shirt
  3. Yoga pants, T-shirt, the only hip scarf I owned
  4. Yoga pants, tied-up t shirt, one of six hip scarves I owned
  5. Melodias, Sharifwear Gypsy top, one of nine hip scarves
  6. "Bellydancer" rhinestone pants, one of six Sharifwear tops, quiet hip scarf as coin scarves are too loud
  7. Yoga pants, Sharifwear top, one of three quiet hip scarves
  8. Old worn leggings, T-shirt, beat-up old hip scarf



About the Author

Vashti of Madison, Wisconsin, had 8 years of ballet training before playing with tap, modern dance, Scottish Country dancing, and ballroom before she discovered Middle Eastern dance in 2003. She became interested in reading about the history of the dance, watching footage of dancers from the various eras, and taking workshops from dancers with many different styles.

Unfortunately her enthusiasm for everything bellydance has also turned her into a habitual collector of music and videos, much to the detriment of the budget. Already an amateur costumer, her dance studies led her to take up silk dyeing and jewelry making as well.

In 2006 she co-founded the Madison Bellydance Alliance ( and began to organize local haflas. She also blogs about silk dyeing at

In addition to this article, she has contributed to this web site some tips and tricks for dyeing fabric.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Bill Tricomi, Madison, Wisconsin.





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