So you’re not the one who wears their favourite skirt to class. You don’t jazz up your outfits with swirling ruffles. You’re the practical dancer who just wants a comfy pair of pants. For you, class isn’t the time for a party, it’s a time to practice. We hear you…we get it. Can’t dress up all the time…but you still want to look and feel good.
It also doesn’t mean you have to look plain. We’ve got the best pairs of practical pants and comfortable classwear you find and you can still afford to go out afterwards with your dancemates for some tea.
All of these and more are available here. If you don’t see your size, we’ll custom make something for you to your liking based on the availability of the fabric and get you, the practical dancer on your feet feeling fine. Be sure to hang out with us on social for updates, specials and discounts…see you there with pants on!
Glamour is important when you’re going out on stage. But you also want to look good when you’re in class and out and about with your friends. We’ve discussed the wonderful world of bellydance workout wear and practice outfits in the past but did you know these can be worn as outfits too?
Pair these pieces with your favourite long knit jacket for the fall. Do it up with a little jewelry and cool items from your dance treasure. Let the whole world know you’re into raqs with the right kind of wear.
MissBellydance has these in lots of different styles and colours and colourways. They’re just the right price for festival season and dance class. But the fabric is limited and won’t last forever. Get these while you can and let us know what you think.
We predict it will get really hot this summer. But that doesns’t mean you have to just tough it out in heavy costumes and layers that make every performance or dance outing require an airconditioner. People love to sit outside and enjoy the sun, good friends, good food and entertainment. That means you might get asked to share a bit of raqs sharqi at an outdoor venue. If you’re a tribal style dancer or love the looks of fusion raqs this can present a problem. But have no fear, we’ve got a solution in our sheer raqs sharqi ensembles.
Several of our sets come in gorgeous prints that are thin enough to layer atop a solid skirt. Our Expo Kiss set has an adjustable top made of comfortable sheer fabric, a matching skirt and comes with a cute coined hipbelt. This is best worn with a black underskirt or maybe harem pants (we’ve not tried that combo) and a comfortable thin bra top. The skirt is elastic in the waist.
Try one of these to put your troupe at ease when asked to go out and do your best in the blazing heat of the coming season. Don’t forget to send us a photo so we can feature you and your event in our blog and social media. Happy dancing!
A Raqs Wardrobe
As one progresses in their raqs career, having a raqs wardrobe with all of the essentials is necessary to sustain growth. In addition to your tahtib & assayah, zills and hipscarves you need certain full costume sets to keep your look fresh.
The Practice Wear/Teaching Gear
When you’re going to conferences to learn or teach, you want to have a great foundation. Because students rely on looking at the way your body moves, it’s best to have something that is form fitting so they can see the legs, muscles and full range of movements that make up the dance. We suggest a two piece ensemble or for some, a full leotard, whichever is most comfortable. It can be stylish and doesn’t necessarily have to be plain or the traditional black. Please don’t be afraid to add some colour to your closet. Raqs is colourful and lively and your persona as well as your clothes will benefit from carrying a vibrant theme.
The Stage and Theatre Costume
This is going to be one of your bigger investments. You’ll want to invest in 3 great ensembles. One should be a beladi dress for audiences that do not wish to see their dancer in a bedluh, layered costume for ethnic dances and a bedluh for competitions and professional bellydance programs. There are so many varieties, pick your favourite colour or that which fits the theme of your usual events. These are also the easiest to resell so be sure to take good care of it. Spot cleaning and professional costume cleaners will be your best friend. Most professional cleaning for a costume starts at $25 to $30 and is worth it.
There may be times when you are invited to weddings and family events and a costume isn’t needed at all…just some good fun dance clothes that allow you to shimmy with your friends. We suggest you get some fun dance pants, a really cool top and an amazing hipscarf that is memorable and fun. At some parties, especially traditional ones, women play the instruments for each other while several get in the center and dance. At mixed parties Debke and other line dances are plenty. You can be comfortable and look great at the same time. Ethnic jewelry and earrings are great additions for times like these.
Your Raqs wardrobe is a reflection of your love for the art. Make it truly special and let us know what Team MBD can do to help you fill your closet with the outfits of your dreams.