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Geek Out with Dawn Devine

Geek Out with Dawn Devine


Finger Cymbal History

Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 48:
My guest, Dawn Devine, will talk about the history and manufacture of finger cymbals.



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While the origins of dance are rooted in the mists of time, long before writing, there is one element of our dance that survives from antiquity – Finger Cymbals!

Dawn’s book includes her research into the history of finger cymbals – conducted first from an art historian’s point of view but then delving into the archaeological record, digging deep into ancient history.

She will be sharing some of those insights and discoveries with us in the Clubhouse.

You’ll learn:

  • What we know about finger cymbals from historical art and artifacts
  • How the manufacturing process has changed over the years
  • Why knowing about the history and manufacturing is important for dancers

We’ll also have some discussion time, so you can ask Dawn your questions.


This free call will take place on Friday, March 31 at 8pm Eastern Time.
(see that in your own time zone)

You can attend by phone or Skype, or listen on the web.

If you can’t attend live, don’t worry!
The call will be recorded, so you can listen later.

About Dawn

Dawn Devine aka Davina is a well-known author and costume designer located in Silicon Valley, CA right in the heart of the Bay Area’s vibrant dance scene. She has published a collection of books including the best-selling “Embellished Bras” and the seminal book on Assiut, “The Cloth of Egypt.” In 2016 she published two books, “Zills: Music on Your Fingertips” and “Becoming a Belly Dancer: From Student to Stage, which she co-wrote with Sara Shrapnell, Poppy Maya and Photographer Alisha Westerfeld.

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Belly Dance Geek Clubhouse Episode 48

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Resources mentioned on the call:

Dawn’s Book on Finger Cymbals
(The book is also available on Amazon)

File containing images from Dawn:

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