BELLY DANCE DAZZLERS!!! Quick, what comes to mind when you hear that?
What comes to my mind is Nazaree Azure from Chicago, IL.
I remember Nazaree creating those beautiful Belly Dance Costume Dazzlers, a long, long time ago, 20 years perhaps? I’m having a “senior moment” so I might not remember this correctly, but to the best of my knowledge, I thought that Nazaree “invented” Dazzlers?
At any rate, the first (and only) time I have purchased Dazzlers was from Nazaree. I have so many of her beautiful Dazzler sets, including my favorites:
- Red Sequin Dazzler Skirt w/armbands
- Black/Multi Dazzler Skirt w/armbands w/Hologram sequins, plus Dazzler Hip Scarf & Vest (see below)
- Black/Copper Dazzler Pants w/Vest, plus matching Dazzler Hip Scarf
- Gold/Multi Dazzler Skirt w/armbands
- Fuchsia/Gold Dazzler Skirt w/armbands
It so much fun ordering a “personalized” Dazzler Costume set from Nazaree. She takes great pride in finding out what base color you want to use, sequin colors and style. The best part is when you get the personalized Dazzler in the mail, in the bag with Nazaree’s signature tag on it.
Not only are the Dazzler costumes so beautiful, but they STAND OUT in a show! They are personalized and very unique. I love wearing Harem Pants or a Under Wrap beneath the Dazzler Skirts, they can be a bit sheer and show too much leg.
Nazaree is not only a great, artistically talented costumers, but I also consider her a dance friend and buddy. We did some shows here in my hometown and I also taught a few workshops in Chicago that were sponsored by her. I stayed in her home in Chicago and it was great meeting her daughter Danaya and the family cat. Those were fun times.
It is so cool that Nazaree dances with her daughter and passed down those talented artistic genes to her daughter, Danaya, because she does costuming as well. I miss dancing with my daughter. I used to “drag” her to all my shows and classes, I think she got sick of Belly Dancing, LOL. But it was fun doing a few shows with her in the 1990s. Now I dance mostly with my granddaughters. I teach them how to dance and dance routines and they love putting on their costumes and doing a show.
They love Barbie dolls too, especially granddaughter Deja. Nazaree did something so cool, she created a Belly Dance Barbie Doll just for me. That was so awesome, considerate and it was such a big surprise present. What a great friend. It is so hard making a costume for a “normal” size person. I don’t know how in the world Nazaree managed to make a costume so tiny, with the beaded fringe and all of the great details like a “normal” size costume? TALENT!
Deja had always wanted to play with my Belly Dance Barbie doll and one year, I finally gave in. But my granddaughters are really “rough” on dolls, so my Belly Dance Barbie ended up losing her tiara and they have braided the hair so much it is now natty. LOL. I don’t really mind much. It is so cool to have things in common with friends or family.
It is so sweet that Nazaree and Danaya can share belly dancing and design. And it is real cool to play dolls with my granddaughters and also belly dance with them.
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What is your favorite dance costume by Nazaree Azure?