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For my “FACE FORWARD” Bellies, Here’s a little something I wrote that might be of interest!

Fully body painted gold for MECDA'S Cairo Caravan on the Queen Mary.

Fully body painted gold for MECDA’S Cairo Caravan on the Queen Mary.

Know Your House: How To Make Sure Your Face Matches Your Performance Space

By DeVilla

As dancers, we perform in many different venues, from house parties and restaurants to festivals under unflattering florescent lighting to large stage events with amazing lighting! These varied situations all require different make up techniques. It’s our job as performers to create the illusion of the illusive, mystical, joyous and free spirited dancer. Hair, make up and costuming all come into play.

“Knowing your House,” means to fully understand your performance space and the lighting situation you will be in. Most of us do not get to perform on a large stage with a lighting tech and great lighting very often, so let’s start there.

If you have the luxury of this situation you really need to take yourself out of your make up comfort zone and go for super-dramatic highlight and shading. Don’t be afraid! You need to contour your entire face, including eyes, nose, cheekbones and jaw line- even if you don’t need to change the shape of your face. You will want to use a grey brown/ taupe shade for contouring. This neutral tone will suck up light and draw the facial plane backward. Place this shade under your jaw line, under your cheekbones and along the sides of your nose. Be sure to blend well.

Use a lighter flesh tone with some yellow or a bit of iridescent pearl or gold to highlight the top of your nose, and the tops of your cheekbones. Bronzer and cheek color can be utilized over top to help blend it all together! If you don’t use highlight and shading the stage lights are so bright that they will completely wash your face out and you will probably not be seen much past the third row.
That would be a bummer considering how much you spent on that costume!

Here is the trick to knowing when you have enough make up on. During your tech rehearsal or before the show have a friend sit in the center of the theater, or, as they say in the theater, your “house”. She should be in the center chair about half way to three quarters up and she’ll be checking your make up from there. Have her video you in the lighting you will be seen in if possible. If, from that vantage point you look as if you still have a face on, GREAT JOB! If not, go for more highlight and shading, and don’t be afraid!

For smaller events in dimmer lighting you will want to use less, but you will still want to create that illusion of perfection from head to toe. I always use varying degrees of highlight and shading to define my face even out side in daylight.

Do your homework, play, experiment and remember, ” It’s only make up!”

One last thing: To look finished, don’t forget to paint your finger and toenails!

www.devillaraks.com

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PHOTOS: “Bombshell” cover photo by Dusti Cunningham, DeVilla portrait by Amanda Brooks
“Bombshell” stage make-up DVD, belly dance, burlesque, cosmetics, DeVilla, Princess Farhana, stage make up

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NEXT!!! Here comes February!

The Meghreb weekend with Amel Tafsout is NEXT WEEKEND Feb. 1st and 2nd.
(Who’s needs the Super Bowl?)

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Pleasant Gehman’s book release party is two short weeks away. Feb. 7th

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I’LL BE PERFORMING WITH THE BEAUTIFUL LISA MARIE AND JEWEL!

 

 

 

 

 

Not to mention my SOLD out “Face Forward” workshop on Feb.9th with Maharet Christina Hughes photography Here at Studio DeVilla.  I’M ADDING A SECOND DATE FOR “FACE FORWARD” IN MARCH!

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and
Registration is open for
Marketing with Princess Farhana here at Studio DeVilla Feb.23rd.

Payment for Princes Farhana through her paypal at bottom!

SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014 2pm-5pm
I’M WITH THE BRAND: MARKETING, AND PROMOTION FOR DANCERS WITH PRINCESS FARHANA
You’ve got the chops, you’ve got the look, you’re getting the jobs, you’re teaching classes…so how do you take your career to the next level? Smart marketing and branding! Wikipedia defines Personal Branding as “the process whereby people and their careers are marketed as brands…leading to an indelible impression that is uniquely distinguishable.” In this class we’ll explore branding, marketing and networking techniques for print promotions and flyers, hard copy and web flyers, and your own website . You’ll also learn tried and true networking concepts for “real life” and especially for social media. You’ll also earn how to write an effective artist bio, class description, show Introduction, and press releases.
This class will give you the tools for setting yourself apart from the crowd…without setting you apart from your cash!
Please bring your tablet, lap top or a pad and pen for notes…dancers of ANY genre are welcome
$55.00 before February 15, 2014
*This workshop is held at a private studio in Los Angeles-Villa DeVilla – and space is limited. Register by sending payment via paypal to:
pgehman (AT) earthlink.net , and you will receive directions.

STUDIO DEVILLA NEWS

I’ll be adding news about the re instatement of Thursday night “Home Girl” classes very soon!

A SECOND DATE FOR “FACE FORWARD ” will be announced soon

and

Please note the “Shamadan” workshop is postponed due to the BDUC weekend!

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Studio DeVilla is Open!

It’s a New Year and Studio DeVilla is open!
Here’s whats coming in February from DeVilla and Princess Farhana!
PM  or e mail me if you have any questions! LETS GO!!
!”PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD”  WORKSHOP IS FULL, PM or E Mail me to be put on the waiting list.
A full day of Glamour!!!
Make up, styling and photo workshop with DeVilla and photo shoot with Maharet HughesDATE: Sunday February 9th
TIME: 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Studio Villa DeVilla (Address will be given to participants)
$100.00 Space is VERY limited and filling up fast!  (Half full as of 1-7-2014)

The "Face Forward" girls of 2013!

The “Face Forward” girls of 2013!

Make Up
You will learn correct make up for stage and camera, including highlight and shading, eye treatments, working with eye shapes and different looks.
I WILL have time to work with each of you individually and help you get camera ready! (Pull some pictures of make ups you love and consider your own personal style and theme)

Styling
Bring costume choices and we will decide on what looks the most amazing and styling. You can bring props if you wish and/or borrow some of mine.
( I have a ton)

Posing
Tips n tricks will be given to help you with facial expression and posing basics.
We will work through posses that look best for your body type and with your costuming. (do some homework and have a few poses you like in mind to get the most band for your buck)

Photo time!
Once styled you will shoot with Maharet and she will edit 1 photo for you included in the price.
My home studio and office provide great back drops for pictures and I’m sure you will get something you love.
If you like more than one of your pictures from Maharet she will be happy to edit them and get them to you for a small additional charge.

Getting GREAT publicity is vital for a dancer. It can be daunting and sometimes very emotional. If your nervous in front of a still camera
I can help you get through it with style and ease! (and may be a glass of wine)
Total for this workshop is $100.00 A single photo session with any pro photographer is substantially more, why blow it if you don’t know how to “PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD”.

I can take no more than 10. Please RSVP, ASAP.
Once you have signed up I will provide you with all the details, what to bring and what your homework will be!!!

p.s. please feel free to share this info and invite other dancers. I am giving my students the first opportunity as space is limited

SHAMADAN FOR STAGE with DeVilla- Just put the darn thing on your head and dance!
Feb. 16th at Studio DeVilla $40.00 12-2:30pm
The historic and modern theatrical uses of SHAMADAN!
We will cover the history of Raks Shamadan, it’s current application and Theatrical uses.
Care and keeping, feeding, storage and
fitting your Shamadan.
Most importantly
How to dance with a SHAMADAN on your head!
I taught this in Vegas at the Las Vegas Belly Dance Intensive! The dancers LOVED it!!!

PM or E mail me directly to sign up for these workshops devillaraks@gmail.com
AND…
Note!

Payment for Princes Farhana through her paypal at bottom!

SUNDAY, FEB. 23, 2014 2pm-5pm
I’M WITH THE BRAND: MARKETING, AND PROMOTION FOR DANCERS WITH PRINCESS FARHANA
You’ve got the chops, you’ve got the look, you’re getting the jobs, you’re teaching classes…so how do you take your career to the next level? Smart marketing and branding! Wikipedia defines Personal Branding as “the process whereby people and their careers are marketed as brands…leading to an indelible impression that is uniquely distinguishable.” In this class we’ll explore branding, marketing and networking techniques for print promotions and flyers, hard copy and web flyers, and your own website . You’ll also learn tried and true networking concepts for “real life” and especially for social media. You’ll also earn how to write an effective artist bio, class description, show Introduction, and press releases.
This class will give you the tools for setting yourself apart from the crowd…without setting you apart from your cash!
Please bring your tablet, lap top or a pad and pen for notes…dancers of ANY genre are welcome
$55.00 before February 15, 2014
*This workshop is held at a private studio in Los Angeles-Villa DeVilla – and space is limited. Register by sending payment via paypal to:
pgehman (AT) earthlink.net , and you will receive directions.

— with Pleasant Gehman and 5 others.