Bellydance Dresses – Elegance, Comfort and Camouflage


Designed for my birthday bash this year

I’ve always loved glamorous costume dresses, from the ones Ginger Rogers wore to the extravagant ballroom gowns on Dancing with the Stars. Bob Mackey famously dressed Cher in graceful cut-outs, hand-sewn beading and appliques. (Are there reruns of the late ‘60s Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour?)

When I first went to Cairo in 1984, I bought a red sleeveless all-over gold-fringed “shimmy dress” in which I shimmied for years, including working in Athens and Pireus. I also remember many styles of folkloric dresses available from different regions, and enjoyed the shows of the slightly aging dancers Fifi Abdo and Nagua Fouad wearing elegant sparkling dresses.

Custom bellydance performance dress in black and blue

Performing in a sparkly gown of my own design

When I was in Cairo to dance at my employer’s 1990 wedding (the late Atif Hassan of Cairo Café in Mill Valley, CA), I had a few costumes made. One was a sequined dress from Madame Hekmet with a bright flower winding across the mesh torso and I thought I was delightfully au courant.

Elegant camouflage
Now that I am past my firm-bodied prime I’ve discovered that dancing in dresses solves many figure problems. For instance, a shortened torso (yes, we’re all shrinking) may not look as beguiling in a Bedlah bra and belt set. But in a dress, still beautiful!

Blue bellydance performance dress by Dhyanis

A dress I designed for a famous Persian dance instructor

Also I rely on sleeves, sheer and bespangled, to nicely reshape the fleshy underarm wings. Legs can be covered or shown with a simple slit, as high or low as seems lovely, according to condition of legs. And the décolleté can be high or low depending on what still looks great enough to reveal.

Another huge advantage of a dress for dancers of any age is you step into it and zip it up—done! Maybe add a hip belt, some jewelry and a shrug for a sleeveless dress, and voila, good to go!

Dresses for every woman
I’ve designed many different dress styles and through experimentation have come up with a few I would call classics that flatter every figure. Younger dancers can also feel deliciously slinky and glam dancing in a gorgeous gown.

Persian (now, especially Iraqi) bellydancers typically wear dresses. Recently popular Persian dance teachers Shahrzad and Hannah Romanza have come to me for custom dresses for themselves and their troupes (see left).

Let me help you design a fabulous dress to help you feel your beautiful best on stage. Some of these dresses can also double for diva appearances at New Year’s fetes or grand galas!

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Custom Bellydance Troupe Costumes and Dancewear That Fits

Dance troupe costume in purple by DhyanisAll of the items in my webstore are simply samples of the styles for you to browse. I make all garments to order, so I’ll ask for your measurements, as well as your fabric and color choices.

This insures a better fit and a happier dancer than generic sizing and off the rack styles.

For a simple order, all we need is a quick email conversation, including your current measurements. If you need a color matched, please send a photo. For example, snap a shot of that gorgeous skirt you’d like to wear more and I can usually find just the right fabric to complete your outfit. Also you can tell me the fabric you prefer, whether velvet, lace, matte, shiny or downright glitzy, and your favorite metallic color (e.g., gold, silver or copper). See the shop.

Dance troupe costumes

Bellydance skirt and top in turquoise, custom-designed by DhyanisIf you direct a troupe and have an idea for a unified look, I am always ready to help make you look great. On this page, check out just a few of the hundreds of troupes I have costumed over the years, from skirts, tops, pants and dresses to hip wraps, gauntlets and hair thingies! Prices are reasonable.

Just send each dancer’s measurements and we go from there. You can choose from the styles I have on the webstore or we can invent something completely different, which I Gypsy circle skirts for bellydance designed by Dhyanislove to do for my troupe every year! Let’s chat about your vision and make it happen.

If you order a double circle gypsy skirt, I will combine three of your favorite colors, using seven or eight exquisite fabrics I’ve collected from all over the world. I am an artist and treat each skirt like a painting.

Easy payment options

I recently took down my shopping cart because it’s so important that I communicate with you directly on details. PayPal is now my main payment option, and I can still take credit cards by phone or accept checks by mail.

My career in dance and design

Belly dance troupe costumes in firey orange and maroon As a long-time dancer, teacher and costume designer, I know how fabrics and styles work on the body and read on stage. Let me help you raise the bar for your troupe or provide a beautiful outfit for dance class or solo performances. Contact me and let’s collaborate!

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Marin Bellydance Teacher Performs at Her 70th Birthday Party

In February 2017, Dhyanis, a longtime Marin bellydance teacher, celebrated her 70th bellydance birthdaybirthday in style.

Many of her friends from the bellydance community, as well as her students and troupe, performed at the party in her honor.

A wonderful live band with world renowned musicians set the tone.

See a video snippet from Dhyanis’ dance.


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San Rafael Bellydancers Perform at Rakkasah West 2016

Billed as Dhyanis and Friends, a group of Marin-based bellydancers Marin bellydance group led by Dhyanis 2016performed on Sunday afternoon at Rakkasah West. The festival was held in the Richmond Memorial Auditorium in Richmond and attracts dancers, musicians and vendors from across the US.

Dhyanis and her students danced on the cabaret stage on Sunday afternoon, wearing Dhyanis-designed original costumes.

A longtime member of the national bellydance community, Dhyanis says, “I look forward to seeing friends and colleagues at these annual events. I feel lucky to have Rakkasah West in my Northern California neighborhood, but I also go to big festivals in Texas, New Jersey and around the country.”

And Dhyanis doesn’t travel light. She takes a wide assortment of her custom-designed bellydance workout and performance wear to the festivals, to stock her vendor’s booth. “It’s a joy to be immersed in the bellydance world,” she says. “I am constantly inspired and delighted.”

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Bay Area Belly Dance Events – December 2015 & January 2016

Saturday, Dec. 5 – San Rafael
Terry Del Giorno’s Holiday Hafla
Performance: Dhyanis Solo (CD) 6:30 p.m.
$15 entry  Includes hors d’oeuvres

Tuesday, Dec. 8 – San Francisco
Alaya pop-up boutique event
6:30 p.m.
Hors d’oevres

Friday, Dec. 11 – Novato
Holiday Show at Ghiringhelli’s Restaurant
Performance: Troupe (Trio) 6:30 p.m.
$30 Dinner included

Tuesday, Dec. 29 – San Francisco
Veteran’s Hospital Annual Show & Party
Performance: Troupe & solos – 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Meet 12:00 noon at studio to carpool

Sunday, January 10 – San Francisco
Al Masri Egyptian Restaurant
Solos by all (MaShuqa & students also)  6:30 p.m.
$25  Dinner included

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Belly Dancing is Alive and Well in Marin…and Everywhere Else

In August, I danced at 2015 Yaa Halla Ya’ll, which they bill as “a gathering of the Belly dancer and instructor Dhyanis dances at 2015 Yaa Halla Y’All, an annual festival in Texas.stars in Texas.” As you can see in the photo, I had a great time!

Over the years I’ve danced across the Middle East and Europe, and throughout the US. It’s great to know that belly dance, originated by and for women, is alive and well in so many places. It’s truly a celebration of the power of femininity.

If you like music, movement and would like to feel your feminine power, come and try one of my San Rafael classes. We have a ball, and no dance experience is needed to enjoy yourself!

Class schedule





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Marin Bellydance Event May 30 in San Rafael

Belly dancer, Dhyanis, performs on stage in Marin.

Dhyanis, with fringe and silk veil flying

Here’s your chance to see a variety of Bay Area bellydance troupes perform in an intimate setting. On May 30, 2015, nine troupes will present Club Oasis, a bellydance extravaganza at Open Secret in downtown San Rafael.

Among the performances, Marin’s longtime bellydancer, instructor and costume designer, Dhyanis will lead her troupe in exciting shimmy, baladi and hip-swiveling choreography for your entertainment.

San Rafael-based bellydancers, Troupe Dhyanis, pose with fuschia veils.

Troupe Dhyanis, bellydance performers based in Marin

Saturday, May 30
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C Street
Tickets: $15 each
Call to reserve: (415) 388-6683

Interested in giving bellydance a try? Or looking to polish up your dance skills? Dhyanis invites women, from those with zero dance experience to the performance-bound, to come have some fun. See the class schedule.

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