How to create a "Spanish"
I am a beginner belly dancer, but with training in Ballet, Jazz,
Tap, Spanish Dancing, Tango, Salsa, etc....I want to audition ...doing
a veil dance which involves of course bellydancing, and I am going to
mix it with Spanish traditional dancing. What color of veil would you
suggest, costume, and accessories...I want to look sexy, fire, Spanish
a cabaret or Tribal Style of costume can be given a "Flamenco"
flavor, when Spanish-style fusion music is used.
Color scheme: To me, red & gold mixed with black says "Spanish".
Fabrics: Lace and brocade in swirly patterns.
Accessories: Roses, ruffles, ribbon choker, large hoop or dangly earrings.
Hair: Silk roses and spitcurls decorate hair worn either loose, in a bun,
or a ponytail.
(Above) I'm performing a Spanish fusion routine to
"Amayaguena," wearing a red and gold cabaret bedlah with lacy
sleeves and a silk veil. The tapered pants are red & gold
patterned burnout velvet under ruffly panels.
Tiered ruffled sleeves create a more flamboyant
version of the flamenco look.
Above and right, Zanbaka wears a Tribal Spanish
fusion, wearing a choli. The color scheme is red and black, and the
hairstyle is decorated with a cluster of red roses. A Spanish fan is
the flirty accessory.
A short fitted "bolero" jacket over
a costume bra or peasant blouse is a less revealing option, and emphasizes
the Spanish look even more.
Above: an embroidered jacket was shortened
to bolero style. The bolero generally has 3/4 length sleeves. It may
be worn open at the front, or fastened with buttons and loops, hooks,
or decorative frogs.
Above, a blouse
was converted to a bolero. I leave the underside of the armhole seam
unattached for ease of movement. A fringed
or tasseled hip scarf, rather than a cabaret belt, is suitable.
Sandra's completed red, gold and
black ensemble: a full, tiered skirt, roses at the hair and throat,
and sheer black point d'esprit (dotted sheer fabric) gauntlets. "I
performed yesterday, and people just loved it. I used 'Desert Rose'
by Sting and Cheb Mami," she writes.