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Team Spotlight: UConn Dance Team's Sparkling Game Day Top!

Posted by Karen on Sep 29, 2016

UCONN dance team on the footbal field  UCONN dance team in sparkling red crop tops

Go Huskies!

Out of Connecticut, the UConn Dance Team both supports their school as well as competes for their own glory!  At school, they rally the crowd at the University of Connecticut for the Huskie fans at football and basketball games.

On the dance competition floor, the team brings out their more technical side at the NDA National Championships. Most years, the team competes with two different routines, and in 2015 the team placed 5th at the NDA College Nationals with an amazing hip hop routine!

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Topics: Cheer, game day, Team Spotlight, customer spotlight

Top 9 Hip Hop Dance Costume Trends

Posted by Trista on Sep 26, 2016

Top Hip Hop dance costume trends 

When it comes to dance costumes for team Hip hop routines, the style is easily many dancers' favorite, perhaps because hip hop costumes are mostly street style!  Edgy and accessible, it's easy to pull off-the-rack styles for your performance.  Looking for a little inspiration for your upcoming hip hop performance?  Here are some hip hop dance costume looks we've seen trending, plus a few bonus dance videos of these looks in action!

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Topics: costume trends

Dance Costumes on a Budget: How Color & Fabric Can Transform Any Look!

Posted by Stephanie on Sep 24, 2016

Vista Mesh Tee dance costume

We know that costume planning can be overwhelming! You want to find the perfect look for your team while still staying within budget. Sometimes staying within budget means you have to sacrifice finding a look that’s unique for your team, right? Wrong! Don’t sacrifice your style! Instead, find ways you can create your own look with existing styles by simply changing the fabric color!


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Topics: coaching tips, design resources, costumes on a budget, color inspiration

6 Tips for Making Dance Costume Reorders A Breeze

Posted by Katie on Sep 23, 2016

Western Michigan University Dance Team in custom uniforms

Western Michigan Dancers reordered their 2015 gameday top (left) in 2016 (right).  Photo credit: WMU Dance Team.

A new season means new team members - Yeah!!  What are they going to wear? If you're like many teams on a budget, you're likely going to re-use last year's dance costumes, but will need to order a few more. Maybe you need a few more of a popular size. Or you just accepted more members than the year before. Either way, a good costume company will be able to help accommodate your dance costume re-order needs!

Here are 6 tips on planning for your next uniform reorder:

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Topics: coaching tips, costumes on a budget

Team Spotlight: Allatoona's Hotshotz Dance Team!

Posted by Karen on Sep 19, 2016

 

Allatoona Hotshotz Dance Team Custom Dance Costumes

Allatoona High School in Acworth, Georgia is the proud host of the Allatoona “Hotshotz” Dance Team! 15 girls strong, this team is made up of 9th-12th graders and performs at several different events: football and basketball games, community events and pep rallies! “We love having the opportunity to support our school while doing something we love,” said Coach Kelly Mattingly.  

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Topics: Dance Team, Dance, High school dance team, customer spotlight, custom dance costumes

Team Spotlight: Augustana Dance Team's New Uniforms for a New Logo!

Posted by Karen on Sep 16, 2016

Augustana Dance Team in Custom Cheer Uniforms

Football season is officially in full swing, and we're loving seeing all the gameday spirit on the sidelines!  This week we're taking a look at Augustana Dance Team, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who recently acquired a crisp new gameday dress to feature their school's new logo.   The Vikettes join forces with the cheer squad to form the Augustana Spirit Squad, and perform at both football AND basketball games throughout the school year. Read on to see how the Spirit Squad stands out on game day! 

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Topics: Cheer, Dance, dance costumes, Custome Costumes

The Best Dance Costume Companies for Your Every Need!

Posted by Deb on Sep 15, 2016

Best Dance Costume Companies for Your Every Need!

Selecting the right costume is vital to a great performance. When your team looks great, they perform great! So where do you start?  With so many dance costumes to choose from, finding the right look can feel daunting! 

Don't stress though!  To help with the selection process, we’ve assembled a list of the top dancewear companies and categorized them by their specialties.  When narrowing down the list for your team, consider two key things to make the selection process easier:

  • Be clear about what you are looking for and why. Example:  If you have a team that has special sizing needs, select a company that offers custom fitting services.
  • Know the differences. No two dance costume companies are the same! Select companies that best meet your needs.

Read on for a list of over 25 tried and true dance costume companies to get you started!    

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Topics: Dance, Best Costume Companies, Dancewear, Custome Costumes

Team Spotlight: The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders' Icy New Look

Posted by Trista on Sep 13, 2016

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders in front of US Bank Stadium

 After three years of anticipation for the Minnesota Vikings organization and local fans in Minnesota, the football team's new US Bank Stadium is finally here!  The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders (MVC) celebrated the stadium's inaugural season with some new digs of their own: a stunning new signature uniform!  

The team revealed their new look yesterday with a fabulous photo gallery on their website.  Excitement has been running high at The Line Up - we've waited months to share MVC's custom cheer uniform with you!  Read on for a sneak peek behind the scenes of the team's makeover! 

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Topics: Pro cheerleaders, NFL, NFL Cheerleader Uniforms, Custom Cheer Uniforms

How to Create a Menswear Costume to Coordinate with Your Team

Posted by Trista on Sep 13, 2016

Menswear Custom Costume

It can be a challenge to coordinate costumes when you have just one or two male members on a dance or skating team. Where do I start? What should he wear? How can I get his costume to look appropriate but also blend well with the team? 

If this sounds like you, read on for 3 tips to help you design your next men’s or boy’s dancewear or skating costume!

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Dance, Custom Menswear Costumes

How to Rhinestone a Costume: Flat Back Method

Posted by Trista on Sep 8, 2016
How to rhinestone a dance costumeRhinestones helped take this Raelyn dance costume to the next level! 

The easiest way to transform a costume?  With Rhinestones!  Stones can add the perfect finishing touch and take a simple costume from boring to stunning!  

This labor intensive embellishment, can often be the most expensive part of your dance costume or skating dress if left to the professionals.  But it is also the easiest to do yourself!!  If you are interested in saving a few dollars, check out our step-by-step instructional video below! 

Last week we took a look at how to rhinestone using Hotfix stones, which have the glue pre-applied to the back.  This week we'll take a look at rhinestoning a costume using flat back stones, which require the application of glue separately.   Follow this tutorial, and you'll get the hang of it in no time! 

How to Rhinestone a Dance Costume or Skate Dress: Flat Back Method 

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Topics: rhinestones, diy, design resources, budget tips, how-to