San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Don’t have the funds to buy that $300 - $800 dollar costume?
Want to know how to build a costume for just the cost of materials??
Then this workshop is for you! Come and let Mina show you how to make a creation your going to be proud of!
-No sewing experience required-
Anyone can do this
NO matter what style or genre you perform, from classical Egyptian to Fusion, a bra and belt is the foundation of what you are performing in and the skirt or pants what everything sit on. You might dress it up or down depending on what you want to create to your audience, but all and all, it always starts with the foundation of a simple bra and belt, but don't neglect the need of a good skirt or pair of pantaloons to give that extra added flair to your style. What professional would be caught dead without something to cover their costume up with? Always make sure that your prepared by having created your own costume cover up.
Feb 1, Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, (skip Mar 1 for TC) Mar 8 and Mar 15.
Time: 1pm - 3:00pm
Location: Dalloua Dance Company Studio - 1216 June Drive, Decatur GA 30035 (subject to change depending on intereste and if a bigger space is needed)
SUBJECT: Three Options! (CHOOSE ONE!)
All about Skirts & Pants!
Bra Basics: In this series you will learn how to:
- Convert a bra from a piece of lingerie into a fully functional costume piece.
- Make straps that support you and the look that you are trying to create.
- Make a belt that will fit your shape and body.
- Attach beading, fringe, take apart necklaces or other pieces to help make that signature creation you want.
All about Skirts & Pants: In this series you will learn how to:
- Learn to create your own skirt or pantaloons pattern.
- Choose between a basic circle skirt or something more or baisc pants or something special.
- Learn basics of stitching with a sewing machine.
- How to properly fit elastic for your body.
- Attach trims, closures and other things needed for pants/skirts.
Cover What?: In this series you will learn how to:
- Decide to create a coverup from an exhisting piece.
- Learn to use a sewing machine to create your coverup.
- Learn tricks to fit your shape and body.
- Attach trim and beading or other pieces to help make that signature creation that is all about you.
All Workshops: you will learn how to:
- Create a "plan" for what you are wanting to learn.
- Create a template that can be used for other costumes.
- Learn how to measure your body for accurate measurements.
- Learn time saving tips to help you with any sewing projects.
Supplies ALL need to bring (based on series):
- Hard-cup (molded foam or other stiff material NO WATER BRAS!) bra that fits you (cups only…we’re cutting off the straps and band and making real ones.) If you’re large-chested and need to reinforce the bra cups, also bring a package of nylon boning (available at fabric stores)
- 1 - 2 yards of fabric in your preferred color.
- IF You are going to COVER the WHOLE thing with beads, so don’t stress over finding a fancy fabric…just get a close-match in color. A light weight cotton is fine.
- IF you plan to do only a little beading, then you’ll want a fancier fabric. Crushed penne velvet works nicely (the stretchy kind)
- 1 - 2 yards of felt (any color…this won’t show)…or an old sweatshirt will work, too.
- 3 - 4 yards chiffon or heavier fabric (for pants) 4 - 6 yards chiffon or fancier fabric (for skirts) of fabric in your preferred color. (no velvet for this go around)
- 5 - 10 yards of trim (depending on diameter of skirt and if doing side slit pants)
- 1 - 2 packages of elastic, non roll style
- 4 - 6 yards chiffon or fancier fabric or heavier, of fabric in your preferred color. (no velvet for this go around, remember if fancy fabric, you might make mistakes so be mindful of the cost)
- 5 - 10 yards of trim (depending on your body length)
- Innerfacing (for neckline)
Supplies ALL might want to bring:
- Embellishments – This can be beaded fringe, metal pieces, anything that will work for the look you are going for.
- Beads – if you need this for your look.
- Rhinestones or other embelishments you'd want to use.
- If you want to be EXTREMELY sparkly and use this costume for more of a professional level performances…grab a package or two (or more) of Swarovski crystals (the clear AB ones are my favorites) If they are the glue on kind (instead of the sew-ons) you’ll also need some Gem-Tac glue or glitter puff paint (the kind you put on shirts/fabric.
- Small sharp needle, hand quilting thread in correct color (or as close as you can get)
- Heavy duty sewing needles, a beading needle (if your going to do beading) and a thimble.
- Thread that matches
- Fray Check
- Sewing machine (if you have one, if not, I have several for use)
Notes for everyone!
- One color works great. Two colors is okay if they are strongly contrasting with bold designs. Silver and black are great/silver and gold…not so much.
- If you want to do the quicker version of beading, bring some sequin appliqués – there are tons for cheap on ebay or at Gail K Fabric in Atlanta
- As a general note: 6 or 8 smaller appliqués work better than one or two big ones because we’ll be fitting them on a curved belt
- Good fabric stores are Gail K Fabric (but tend to be expensive), Fine Fabrics (in Norcross, off Dawson Blvd. great fabrics, reasonablly priced)
You can find many of these supplies at JoAnn’s, Michael’s, Handcock Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and some Walmarts.
As a special note: IF you are not comfortable gathering the items you need for the workshop series, contact Mina and she will discuss with you how she can get the items for you for a fee.
When & Where
Mina of Dalloua
Mina has been a student of dance and theatre since childhood. She studied ballet in her early years and had her first love affair with ethnic dance while in extensive programs such as Bharatanatyam (Classical East Indian dance) with Katherine Kunhiraman and Katakali with K.P Kunhiraman. In 1994 she began her study in Middle Eastern Dance and has since become an award-winning performer.
Mina studied with reknowned middle eastern dance instructor Isvari, whom she calls her mentor. Isvari taught classical Egyptian as well as the Folkloric and Fusion styles of the art form. From Isvari, Mina developed a deep appreciation not only for the classical styles of Middle Eastern dance, but also for the many different styles that can be found throughout that region, such as Tunisian and Turkish, as well as African. You can see these influences throughout the style Mina portrays though her performances and those of her students.
Mina has studied percussion in order to deepen her connection to the music in her dance. Through this study, she learned to perform to and interpret live music — a true test of the art form which has allowed Mina to develop an impressive resume of performances with some of Northern California’s best percussionists.
Mina has competed in many different competitions as a solo dancer as well as with her Troupe Dalloua Dance Company. She has judged the ”A Night in Casablanca” belly dance competition hosted by Sirens in Serenity.
Through her classical training and love of the dance, Mina has developed a unique style which combines these classical dance styles with a variety of modern theatrical styles. Her unique style and grace have charmed audiences throughout Northern California and can be seen performing though out the Bay area and Sacramento as well as from time to time out of the state. Please check the performance schedule for more information or contact her through Dalloua Dance Company.