A costuming/sparkles/shiny objects sort of addiction. The kind that if I were one of those impulse buyers (thankfully I’m not!) I would probably have the equivalent of a Kardashian nightclub appearance fee in credit card debt.
I come across lots of lovely things as a bellydancer, and I think that instead of keeping my addiction a secret I would like to shamelessly share whatever gets my gears going at any particular time.
I’m hoping to make this a semi regular series, with some themed posts now and then. You may have read my blog about my recommendations on gifts for bellydancers which was one of my most shared posts of all time! Bellydancers love presents and also love collectively gasping over gorgeous, covetable items – so I’m sharing the love so that the online space is that much more of a prettier place!
So without further ado, my Sparkle Spotlight Favourites:
The festive season is quickly approaching, and gifting that special something for the bellydancer in your life can be a minefield of confusion (and glitter). So to help ease off the stress of buying for your belly babe, or to gift to your fellow dance sisters, I’ve compiled my top gifts for bellydancers! (this may or may not be a hint to my significant other…*coughnudgecough*)
These aren’t necessarily ‘bellydance’ gifts, but more practical items that would come in handy or enhance the dancing practice, performance, and experience!
For the Gig-a-holic Dancer
– The Gig Bag –
For the travelling performing dancer, the gig bag is essential. This gorgeous bag has a safe place to store makeup, costumes and some snacks for when you’re on the go, in style of course! This also doubles as a great bag to take to the gym or to a workshop weekend intensive!
– The Portable Speaker –
When you’re backstage prepping for a show, a portable speaker is an awesome option especially if you have a last minute group rehearsal. It’s also a great one to pop into your bag when you’re travelling to shows to have an impromptu dance practice at your accommodation, or to start a party post show!
– Travel Size Brush Set –
Every dancer needs her go-to makeup brushset, this beautiful collection from 3CE has both striking design (so if it gets mixed up backstage it’s easily identified) and a sleek, no fuss storage that is perfect to throw into your gig bag!
For the Tribal Goddess
– Finger Cymbals-
Finger cymbals are a must have musical instrument for every Tribal bellydancer! These gorgeous Sagats by Zenptah are 100% Australian made, and are similar to zills but are made of thicker, higher quality metal and have a slightly different production process. They have the perfect balance of satisfying weight and beautiful sound. Sold in lots of 4 (2 pairs), you can buy one for you and one for your fellow tribe sister!
– Jewelled Adornments –
Every bellydancer loves a bit of sparkle! Get her a gorgeous bindi for her to adorn herself – Check out the gorgeous range from Aussie artists 3D Bindi (pictured below) and Bespoke Bindis & Other Accouturements. Both lovely ladies take custom orders and their work is exquisite!
– The Gift of Dance –
Now you can bring some of the world’s top dancers into your own lounge room with Datura Online! Give the gift of dance to your belly babe with a prepaid subscription of 30 days ($25), 90 days ($35) or a whole year ($260)!
For the Costume Addict
– Beautiful Storage –
One thing you’ll learn if your significant other is a bellydancer, is that YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH JEWELLERY! Here’s a practical way to store your precious items which doubles as a gorgeous feature for your home!
– Body Bling –
Give the gift of bling with a gorgeous body chain that can be worn on and off stage! Lovingly hand crafted by internationally renowned fusion bellydancer Olivia Kissel, by purchasing her wares you’re supporting the global dance community AND looking great!
– Footless Sandals –
Adorn your tootsies and complete every outfit with a pair of footless sandals! There’s a huge range of colours and styles online, and they’ll add that extra twinkle to your footwork!
For the Workshop Addict
– Yoga Mat –
Great for home or class practice, yoga mats are an essential tool for better comfort and stability when conditioning for bellydance via stretching and strengthening. The Gaiam website even has a tutorial on which mat to select based on what you’re using it for, and the mats come in a variety of gorgeous prints to make you stand out at your next workshop!
– Look the Part –
For the ultimate in practice wear (and also great additions to your costume wardrobe) Melodia Designs pioneered many looks that are now considered synonymous with bellydance activewear. The quality of her garments has been tried and tested by hobbyists and professionals alike, with classic silhouettes and breathable fabrics.
– Take Notes –
Keep all of your bellydance workshop and class notes in an aptly decorated notebook! This gorgeous illustration is one of many available designs on RedBubble, you could even upload your own image for a completely custom look!
For the Studio
– Add Character –
Transport your dance space into an exotic haven with the addition of beautiful Moroccan style candle holders and lanterns. Light them up for beautiful patterns and shapes to shadow your walls or keep them as ornaments to add character!
– Evoke the Senses –
Burning scented candles or using mood diffusers work wonders in creating a lush space. We strongly associate smell with emotions, and nothing is better than coming into your favourite space greeted by a familiar smell. This also helps in de-stressing and helping you get in the right mood for dance!
– Inspire Yourself –
Beautiful art in your most sacred space is a constant source of creative inspiration, and makes your studio feel less like a workout area and more like an inviting home! Whether you are inspired by landscapes, colours, shapes or dance art, there will be something beautiful that will work for you! I like this piece because it reminds me of our roots in folkloric dance and the many branches that have flourished as we pass on the dance via our teachers to the next generation.
Phew! If you’ve reached the bottom, well done! I have plenty more gift ideas but now it’s your turn – what kind of gifts would you give to your dancer significant other or bellydance sister/teacher/student?