Author: Mao

How to protect your choreography online

How to protect your choreography online

  Welcome to the last post of Business of Belly Dance Series Part 2!   In my last post, I shared my tips on video making for dancers and focused on the technical aspect of video making like camera, lighting and your on-camera personality.   In today’s post, I want to talk about protecting your copyright and choreography online.  … Read more →

Online Video Making Guide for Belly Dancers

Online Video Making Guide for Belly Dancers

  Welcome back to the Business of Belly Dance series Part 2!   Last week Georgia shared with us a really comprehensive guide to hosting events with celebrity dancers. If you missed it, check it out here.   In the guide, she mentioned you should have a photographer/videographer record your events.   This is really important for many reasons:  … Read more →

Swirly Belt Showcase - sparkly belly

Look at these sparkly swirly creations!

  Can I brag for a moment? 😉   One of my absolute favourite moments of running Sparkly Belly is when I see costumes that everyone created based on my tutorials and courses.   When people share their photos with me via email or in Sparkly Belly’s FB group, they totally make my day! After running this website for almost… Read more →

DIY Fringe Hip Scarf bellydance

DIY Fringe Hip Scarf for Belly Dance

  As a belly dancer, you can’t have enough hip scarves. They are great for practice and of course for easy costuming!   So today I want to go back to basics and create this cute and simple fringe hip scarf. Let’s get started! 😀     Click here to sign up for my FREE email course Belly Dance Costume… Read more →

How to find time for sewing

A simple technique to find time for sewing (or anything!)

  One of the most common costume making problems I hear from Sparkly Belly readers is actually not related to costume making at all. It’s about finding time to sew.   When I share my costume tutorials, I often get comments like, “I love this! But first I have to find time to sew….” The other day, I saw a… Read more →

DIY Lace side panel mermaid skirt color block BDCW hack

DIY Lace Side Panel Mermaid Skirt (BDCW hack part 2)

  In my last post, we made a beautiful and classy DIY lace belly drape for your belly dance bra.   And in this post, we’ll create this matching colour block mermaid skirt skirt by hacking my favourite mermaid skirt pattern! Let’s get started!     Make your own Goddess Skirt pattern in my Belly Dance Costume Workshop (Enrolment is… Read more →

DIY Belly Drape for belly dance bra BDCW hack

DIY Belly Drape for belly dance bra (BDCW hack part 1)

  Earlier this year, I shared my Plus Size Belly Dance Costuming Guide which became a very popular post on Sparkly Belly. 🙂   One of the tips I included there was what I call the “Belly Drape” – It’s a design created with fabric that drapes from the bra and provides light coverage over the top of your torso. It’s… Read more →

Caftan open front cover-up with pockets DIY

DIY Caftan style Open Front Cover-Up (with pockets!)

  As a belly dancer, it’s important to wear a cover-up before and after performance so you make a great impact when you’re in your magical costume on stage. 🙂   I did a Caftan inspired cover-up tutorial a while ago, but I wanted to make one that opens in the front. It makes more sense especially when you are… Read more →