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This page is intended for students preparing for a hafla or recital performance, especially a group performance with their class. These costume ideas are not suitable for restaurant or professional performances. See my other costuming articles for ideas for professional costuming.
Quick links for student costuming!
Moondance Belly Dance has a LOT of affordable options for students, especially when it comes to tops, which are the hardest to find. Some tie in the back, but they have quite a few styles that can be worn over a bra as well. I haven't personally ordered from them yet, but I can vouch for the fact that they've been around for quite a while and certainly appear "legit."
Alimah's Closet also carries affordable student items. I have at least one student who has shopped with them and been very happy with the results.
Belly Dance Shoppe is one of my favorite places to buy music, videos and classwear. They don't have many costume items for beginners, but do look under "Unitards and Basics" for their unique leotards, with mesh middles that hold you in.
Mode Mystique offers lovely affordable skirts and a few tops. We wear their beledi dresses for our student Assaya dance and get lots of compliments!