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Team Spotlight: UNLV Rebel Girls' Custom Pom Uniforms Are Traditional with a Twist

Posted by Stephanie on Mar 19, 2019

UNLV Dance Team Custom Nationals Pom Uniforms

Team: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebel Girls
Coaches: Marca DeCastroverde, Brandi Slade and Kaitlyn Thompson
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada 
Style: Collegiate Dance Team

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, College

Team Spotlight: St. John's University Shines in "Greatest Showman" Inspired Hip-Hop Routine

Posted by Tom on Mar 14, 2019

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Team: St. Johns University Dance Team
Coach: Christine McCarton
Location: Queens, New York
Style: Collegiate Dance Team, Hip Hop & Jazz

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Hip Hop Dance, College

Meet The Line Up Team: Orfa, Production - Sample Sewer

Posted by Stephanie on Mar 13, 2019

 

Get to know Orfa, who works on the Production team on Samples and Prototypes here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Team Spotlight: College of Charleston Dance Team's Hip Hop Look for UDA Nationals

Posted by Stephanie on Mar 8, 2019

College of Charleston Dance Team Custom Hip Hop Costume

Team: College of Charleston Cougarettes
Coach: Patrice Christian
Location: Charleston, SC
Style: Collegiate Dance Team, Hip Hop

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Hip Hop Dance, College

Competition Recap: 2019 Minnesota State Dance Team Tournament

Posted by Abby on Mar 7, 2019

Competition Recap: 2019 Minnesota State Dance Team Tournament

The Minnesota State High School Dance Team Tournament was February 15-16th this year, and not too far from us at the Target Center in Minneapolis!

We had the incredible honor of dressing some of the talented teams that competed this year, and boy did they look amazing! From Totino Grace’s Bohemian Rhapsody jazz look to Spring Lake Park’s Mardi Gras high kick rendition, we loved helping these routines come to life with outfits that enveloped their theme!

Check out the some of the teams we were lucky enough to help create their very own #LineUpLook.


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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

Meet The Line Up Team: Teresa, Sewing Lead

Posted by Stephanie on Mar 5, 2019

 

Get to know Teresa, who is a Sewing Lead here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

4 Things You Need to Take Advantage of Early Bird Discounts (And It Doesn't Include Your Team Roster!)

Posted by Trista on Feb 22, 2019

4 Things You Need to Take Advantage of Early Bird Discounts (And It Doesn't Include Your Team Roster!)

Starting early on your custom dance costume design can save you time, stress, and money, but one of the main constraints we hear is, "I don't have my team or money yet!" 

No worries, there are ways to get started even without your team assembled or your funds in place for the year. 

You can take advantage of early bird savings by getting started with your design and prototype before you have your team or your full funding. Then, when you have your team and funding secured, you can place your full order.

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Topics: How to Design a Custom Dance Costume

Meet The Line Up Team: Josefina, Production Lead - Sewing & Finishing

Posted by Stephanie on Feb 20, 2019

 

Get to know Josefina,  who is a Production Lead in Sewing & Finishing here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Competition Recap: 2019 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

Posted by Tom on Feb 20, 2019

Competition Recap: 2019 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships

Here we are in the dead of winter, wishing for days of sunshine, blue skies, and barbeques. And while we dream of brighter days ahead, one bright spot this time of year is that we’re in the thick of competition season! One of the four major skating events sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating took place earlier this month: the 2019 Eastern Synchro Skating Sectional Championships were held in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The event featured teams ranging from Preliminary to Open Masters, all hoping to qualify for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships held February 28th-March 2nd. We were thrilled to outfit a few of the teams at this year’s competition, check them out below!

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: Chaska Dance Team's Tenacious Season

Posted by Trista on Feb 12, 2019

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Team: Chaska High School Dance Team
Coaches: Kris Rydland, Tara Lindemeier, Tracy Standahl, Lindsay Danielson
Location: Chaska, MN
Style: High School Dance Team, Jazz and Kick  

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Topics: High School, High Kick, Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary

Meet The Line Up Team: Joana, Production Lead - Markers & Contractors

Posted by Stephanie on Feb 12, 2019

 

Get to know Joana, who is a Production Lead in Markers & Contractors here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Competition Recap: 2019 North Dakota State Dance Competition

Posted by Tom on Feb 11, 2019

West Fargo High School High Kick costume

Another season is in the books for North Dakota dance teams, culminating in the 2019 NDADD State Dance Competition.  The competition featured teams from around the state doing their best Pom, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and High Kick dances!

For over 30 years, NDADD has showcased dance teams in North Dakota, regularly highlighting the creativity and artistry of this great sport! We were honored to outfit some of the teams at this year's competition; check them out below.  

Congrats on a great season, ladies! 

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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

The Wizards & Cavaliers New Senior Dance Teams

Posted by Trista on Feb 5, 2019

Cleveland Cavaliers Senior dance team

The Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers have a new addition to their entertainment lineup: senior dance teams!  The teams, aptly named Wizdom and Wine & Goldies,  are made up of dancers 50 years of age or older.  Many of the members have had past careers as dancers and auditioned against 50+ of their peers to make the team. 

The Wizards and the Cavaliers join the ranks of the Pelicans, and Golden State Warriors, Bucks, Heat, and Bulls  - all teams that have added senior dance teams in recent years. The new additions have occurred among a trend of more inclusive changes with NBA dance teams.  The Wizards, Raptors, and Spurs have also re-branded their dance teams and now feature co-ed members.  Who says only ladies can dance?! 

Check out some photos and videos from the Wizdom and the Wine & Goldies first performances this season!  

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Team Spotlight: The New York Jets Flight Crew's Retro-Inspired Signature Uniform

Posted by Trista on Jan 31, 2019

New York Jets Flight Crew

Team: New York Jets Flight Crew
Director & Choreographer: Denise Garvey
Location: New York
Style: Professional NFL Cheerleaders

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Professional Cheer - NFL

Meet The Line Up Team: Claudia, Markers & Cutting Production Lead

Posted by Stephanie on Jan 31, 2019

 

Get to know Claudia,  a Production Lead in Markers and Cutting here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

NBA Dancers' City Edition Jerseys

Posted by Abby on Jan 25, 2019
NBA Dancers' City Edition Jerseys

Nike did not disappoint last year with their first year partnership with the NBA, and they’re back at it again with the second year of the City Edition jerseys.   

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Behind the Design

Competition Recap: 2019 UDA College Nationals

Posted by Abby on Jan 24, 2019

 2019 UDA Recap

Photos by Universal Dance Association 

Are you still basking in the glow and excitement of this past weekend, like us?!  Dance and cheer teams from around the country came together this past weekend to compete in the most prestigious collegiate championship of the year - UDA College Nationals.

It's always an amazing source of inspiration, and we're lucky enough to work with some of these incredibly talented dancers. Check out some of the teams we had the honor of dressing for their big day! 

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Topics: College, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Recap: 2019 Iowa State Dance and Drill Championships

Posted by Trista on Jan 8, 2019

2019 Iowa State Dance and Drill Championships 

Photos by Tim McConnell Photography. 

The Iowa State Dance and Drill Association Championships were held early last month in Des Moines, Iowa, and we recently got a few photos of the competition from photographer Tim McConnell.   

The Iowa State Competition is very different from many state competitions because there are colleges that compete, co-ed categories, production categories, light show categories, and more, in addition to the traditional dance team categories. So cool to see such a variety in one competition! 

Check out a few of the teams we were lucky to have outfitted for the tournament, below!  

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Topics: Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: Trail Blazers Stunt Team's New Uniforms

Posted by Trista on Jan 3, 2019

 blazers stunt team crop and leggings

Team: Trail Blazers Stunt Team
Coach:  Andrea Iverson
Location:  Portland, Oregon
Style:  NBA Stunt Team

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: St Cloud State University Dance Team

Posted by Abby on Dec 21, 2018

St Cloud State Dance Team 

Team: St. Cloud State University Dance Team
Coach: Susan Uhrich & Brittany Whittaker
Location: St. Cloud, MN
Style: Collegiate Dance Team

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, College

Meet The Line Up Team: Julie, Product Designer

Posted by Abby on Dec 19, 2018

 

Get to know Julie,  a Product Designer here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Team Spotlight: Prescott High School Dance Team's Empowered Jazz Dance Costume

Posted by Abby on Dec 6, 2018

 Meet the Prescott Dance Team

Photos by EmGrace Photography

Team: Prescott High School Dance Team
Coach: Samantha Schoen
Location: Prescott, WI
Style: Danceline

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Topics: Team Spotlight

Meet The Line Up Team: Miranda, Surface Designer

Posted by Abby on Dec 4, 2018

 

Get to know Miranda, Surface Designer & Sublimation Production Lead here at The Line Up! 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

What to Do When You Get Your Dance Costumes

Posted by Trista on Nov 30, 2018

what to do when you get your dance costume

There's nothing better than a fresh box of apparel, and since it only happens a couple times a year, celebrate it! Make the most out of your purchase by opening your box and checking your order right away.  If something isn't quite right, the last thing you want to do is scramble to fix it the day before competition.  Here are five tips for what to do when your dance costumes arrive. 

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Planning Tips

Video Preview: 2019 Dance Costume Collection

Posted by Abby on Nov 16, 2018

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Our 2019 Dance Costume Collection is here!  To celebrate we've rounded up our absolute favorite looks and paired them with some amazing and talented dancers (aka our models)!  Get inspired and take a peek below!

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Topics: Behind the Design, Costume Design Resources

Eat This, Not That! Competition Nutrition for Dancers

Posted by Katie Peyton on Nov 15, 2018

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The day of competition is one of nerves, excitement, and so. much. hairspray.

Throughout the chaos of running your dances, stretching, warming up and doing your makeup, it can be hard to remember to eat. When you do remember, it’s usually something quick, high in carbs and high in sugar.

When you take the time to make healthier food choices around dance competitions, you’ll find that you have more energy for the day and you'll recover quicker. Try some of these healthier swaps and see if your performance, endurance and recovery increase at your next dance competition.

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Competition Resources

Team Spotlight: The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders' Evolving Wardrobe

Posted by Stephanie on Nov 13, 2018

Washington Redskins Cheerleaders signature uniform

Team: Washington Redskins Cheerleaders
Coach: Stephanie Jojokian
Location: Washington, D.C.
Style: Professional NFL Cheerleaders

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Professional Cheer - NFL

Team Spotlight: Rio Grande Valley Snake Charmers

Posted by Abby on Nov 7, 2018

RGV Snake Charmers own the spotlight in their snake print uniforms

Team: RGV Snake Charmers
Director: Amber Uribe
Location: Rio Grand Valley, Texas
Style: NBA G League Professional Dance Team

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Topics: Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: Trine University's Day of the Dead Synchro Dress

Posted by Abby on Nov 2, 2018

Trine University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team

Team: Trine University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team
Head Coach: Rachel Franchock
Location: Angola, Indiana
Style: Synchronized Skating 
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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: Hunnies Cheerleaders Heat Things Up with Their Fiery Uniforms!

Posted by Tom on Oct 20, 2018

Hunnies Cheerleaders in their new fiery uniforms!

Team: Hunnies Cheerleaders
Owner/ Coach: Christin Cox
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Style: Professional

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Topics: Semi-Pro & Other Cheer, Team Spotlight

Top 3 Innovative Dance Costume Trends for 2019

Posted by Trista on Oct 16, 2018

Check out the top trends for 2019 Dance costumes

Every year we start designing our latest costume collection by doing a lot of research.  We look at what teams are wearing at competition, what our customers are designing, and the fashion trends on the runway. Despite the diversity, there's always a few clear trends that emerge!  Here's a look at 3 of our favorite dance costume trends for 2019 : 

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Topics: Dance, Costume Trends

Team Spotlight: BYU Dance Team - Killin' the Competition Year after Year!

Posted by Abby on Oct 4, 2018

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Team: Brigham Young University Cougarettes
Director/Head Coach: Jodi Maxfield
Location: Provo, Utah
Style: Collegiate Dance Team

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Team Spotlight: Boston University Battled It out at NDA Nationals with Their Gladiator Theme Costumes

Posted by Abby on Sep 27, 2018


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Team: Boston University
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Style: Collegiate Dance

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Hip Hop Dance, College

Team Spotlight: St. Thomas More's Intense High Kick Costume

Posted by Tom on Sep 25, 2018

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Team: St. Thomas More
Director/Head Coach: Nicole Letko
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Style: High Kick

 
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Topics: High School, High Kick, Team Spotlight

Increase Dancers' Ankle Strength and Balance with These Three Moves

Posted by Katie Peyton on Sep 20, 2018

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So many dancers and teachers focus on core strength when it comes to turns, balance and stability, but not much attention is paid to the ankles until dancers start pointe or have an injury. Increasing ankle strength is essential when a dancer keeps dropping their heel, hopping in their turns or have a low relevé.

The health of your dancer’s feet and ankles effects the health of their knees, hips and everything else moving upward so I encourage you to take the time to work on these smaller areas as they can greatly improve larger muscles and structures of the body.

Try these three moves to increase ankle strength in your next practice and have your dancers try these at home while brushing their teeth or chatting at the kitchen counter.

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Competition Resources

Meet The Line Up Team: Rozi, Product Development Support

Posted by Abby on Sep 17, 2018

 

Get to know Rozi, our product development saint here at The Line Up! She's one of our oldest employees, since back in the day when we were a 10 person team. She has dabbled in everything from - stitching, cutting, pattern making, production management, finishing to her current roll as a product development support. 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Team Spotlight: Esprit de Corps Makes Magic at the National Synchronized Skating Championships

Posted by Tom on Aug 31, 2018

Esprit de Corps Adult

Team: Esprit de Corps
Coaches: Deirdre Driscoll, Dede Wilson, and Erika Hoffman
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts
Style: Synchronized Skating

 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Spotlight

The Line Up VIP Spotlight: Ali Ogle & Kate Happe's Amazing Season

Posted by Trista on Aug 28, 2018

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We caught up with our VIP models Ali and Kate after they wrapped up their whirlwind season of conventions and competitions this summer!  Check out what they had to say about their experience as a Line Up VIP and their busy year full of practices, traveling, modeling, and performances!

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Topics: Dance Life

Meet The Line Up Team: Toni, Admin & Product Development Support

Posted by Abby on Aug 28, 2018

 
 

Get to know Toni, our administrative & product development support superstar!

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Meet The Line Up Team: Sara, Accountant

Posted by Abby on Aug 15, 2018

 

Get to know Sara, our extraordinary accountant here at The Line Up!

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Increase Dancer Hip Flexibility and Strength With These 5 Moves

Posted by Katie Peyton on Aug 10, 2018

Dancer hip flexibility

I get asked a lot as a personal trainer for dancers about hip flexibility and strength. It seems to be an area of concern for coaches and dancers striving for flat splits, high kicks and extended leaps. The biggest issue however isn’t really a lack of flexibility, but a lack of movement in our every day lives. The increased time we spend sitting at work, school, in cars or buses causes our hip muscles to become tighter and shorter. This pulls on our low back and even our hamstrings. With these 5 movements, you’ll see a drastic change in hip flexibility but you can also enjoy some more movement in the back and legs.

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Competition Resources

Meet The Line Up Team: Michelle, Product Designer

Posted by Abby on Aug 8, 2018

 

Get to know Michelle, one of the product designers for our premier custom design clients!

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Team Spotlight: Hazen Drill Team's Smooth Routine Brings Them a State Championship!

Posted by Tom on Jun 19, 2018

Hazen drill team snack costume

Team: Hazen Drill Team
Coach: Lindsay Starr
Location: Renton, WA
Style: High School Dance Team - Military

 
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Topics: High School, Dance, Team Spotlight

Stanley Cup Finalists Look Fresh in Their Line Up Uniforms

Posted by Trista on Jun 6, 2018

Stanley Cup Finalists Washington Capital Red Rockers & Vegas Golden Knights Crew 

It's that time of year when NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing, and it's only natural for us to want to root for those teams we helped outfit.  So we were especially excited last week when we heard that the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Final - we helped outfit the spirit and ice crew for both teams! 

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Professional Hockey Cheerleaders - NHL

Team Spotlight: Little Chute Dance Team Places 1st in Kick and Pom at State!

Posted by Tom on Jun 5, 2018

Little Chute State Champions

Team: Little Chute High School Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Beth DeBruin
Location: Little Chute, WI
Style: High School Dance Team, Pom and Kick  
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Topics: High School, Cheer, Pom & Gameday, High Kick, Team Spotlight

8 Tips for Your Best College Dance Team Audition Outfit!

Posted by Trista on May 31, 2018

college dance team audition outfit

Choosing the right outfit for your college audition can be tricky - you want to stand out while still adhering to the guidelines of your team's audition. Taking a creative approach when deciding what to wear can go a long way in helping you catch the coaches' eyes and feeling confident at auditions!

While every team's guidelines are different, here are a apparel tips every dancer should consider when choosing an outfit for college dance team auditions! 

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Topics: Tryouts & Auditions, College

Team Spotlight: A "Strong Women" Theme for Hockettes Junior Synchronized Skating Team

Posted by Meagan on May 22, 2018

Hockettes Junior Free Skate Body suit

Team: Ann Arbor Hockettes
Director/Head Coach: Erin Donovan
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Style: Synchronized Skating Team - Junior 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Spotlight

Meet The Line Up Team: Emily, Product Designer

Posted by Stephanie on May 21, 2018

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Team Spotlight: "New Era, New Look" for The Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers

Posted by Trista on May 17, 2018

Timberwolves Dancers New Uniform

Timberwolves Dancer photos courtesy of David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images

Team: Timberwolves Dancers
Head Coach: Athenia Williams
Assistant Coaches: Camille Sherman, Gina Hutton, Tracy Schindeldecker
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Style: NBA Dance Team

 

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Professional Dance - NBA, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: Branford Dance Team's Heartfelt Jazz Routine

Posted by Trista on May 15, 2018

Sunny yellow custom jazz costumes

Team: Branford Dance Team
Head Coach: Jacqui Montano
Location: Branford, CT
Style: High School Dance Team

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Topics: High School, Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary

Meet The Line Up Team: Margo, Product Development Assistant Manager

Posted by Stephanie on May 14, 2018

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

How to Stand Out with A Pro Dance or Cheer Coach Without Being Pushy

Posted by Pro Motion Dance on May 9, 2018

 Pro cheer and dance tryout wear and audition apparel

This post was created by guest bloggers Britt and Jess of ProMotion Dance. These ladies have dancing in their blood - with over 15 years of combined professional dancing experience, they are now small business owners dedicating their time to helping other dancers achieve success with audition prep and choreography services. Read on for their audition advice: the top 3 mistakes to avoid at tryouts! 

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Professional Cheer - NFL

Meet The Line Up Team: Katie, Customer Service Manager

Posted by Stephanie on May 7, 2018

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

3 Things Dancers Should Never Do While Stretching

Posted by Katie Peyton on May 2, 2018

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You probably have a stretching routine that you’ve been doing for months or even years. Usually the routine starts standing, folding over your legs for a hamstring stretch, spending some time in a runners lunge, and of course a straddle stretch that slides right into the splits.

From studios to dance teams, stretching usually looks the same, but it’s important to follow healthy stretching guidelines to prevent injury and decreasing your strength.

So, how should a dancer stretch correctly? By avoiding these three things, below!

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Topics: Dance, Coaching Tips, Dance Life

Meet The Line Up Team: Allison, Account Manager

Posted by Stephanie on Apr 30, 2018

 
 

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Team Spotlight: Lac qui Parle Valley's Edgy High Kick Leotard

Posted by Trista on Apr 27, 2018

 Lac Qui Parle Valley High School Dance Team High Kick costume

Team: Lac qui Parle Valley High School Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Lisa Johnson
Location: Madison, MN
Style: High School Dance Team - High Kick 

 
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Topics: High School, High Kick, Team Spotlight

Top 3 Pro Dance & Cheer Audition Mistakes

Posted by Pro Motion Dance on Apr 26, 2018

 Britt and Jess- the co-founders of ProMotion Dance

 Britt and Jess- the co-founders of ProMotion Dance

This post was created by guest bloggers Britt and Jess of Pro Motion Dance. These ladies have dancing in their blood - with over 15 years of combined professional dancing experience, they are now small business owners dedicating their time to helping other dancers achieve success with audition prep and choreography services. Read on for their audition advice: the top 3 mistakes to avoid at tryouts! 

 

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Tryouts & Auditions, Professional Cheer - NFL

Meet The Line Up Team: Lindsey, Account Manager

Posted by Stephanie on Apr 24, 2018

 

 

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Vinyl: A Logo and Lettering Option for Cheer Uniforms

Posted by Stephanie on Apr 23, 2018

Vinyl Lettering on cheer uniform and team warm-ups

One of the most common questions we get asked about cheer uniforms and team warm-ups is “what type of logo/lettering is best for me?” followed by “how much does it cost?” To answer these questions and more, we’re starting a new series to guide you through the different application types, and what might work best for your team!

First up, we're talking about vinyl - the perfect option for bold lettering on a budget. Learn more, below!

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Costume Design Resources

Team Spotlight: DC EDGE's First Junior Synchronized Skating Team

Posted by Meagan on Apr 18, 2018

DC Edge Junior Synchronized Skating Teams Custom Skate Dresses

Team: DC EDGE Junior Team
Coaches: Christine Burke, Jenny DeSimone Bacon, Libby Rhoads
Location: Bethesda, MD
Style: Synchronized Skating


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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Spotlight

Meet The Line Up Team: Megan, Account Manager

Posted by Meagan on Apr 16, 2018

 

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Team Spotlight: Team Delaware Junior's Avatar Themed Skating Dresses

Posted by Meagan on Apr 16, 2018

 team delaware's cusom themed synchronized skating dresses

Team: Team Delaware - Junior 
Coach: Megan O'Donnell
Location: Newark, Delaware
Style: Synchronized Skating Team

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Spotlight

3 Ways an All Black Tryout Outfit Doesn't Have to Be Boring!

Posted by Stephanie on Apr 12, 2018

College and Pro Cheer Audition Wear - All Black tryout outfit

Recently we talked about The 3 Best Color Options for College and Pro Cheer Auditions. But what if your team requires that you only wear black?! How do you show off your personality and style while conforming to this color standard?

The guidelines of "What to Wear: black fitted crop top, black fitted short" doesn't mean it has to be boring. We've compiled 3 ways that you can spice up your all black tryout outfit, so that you can stand out at your college dance team or pro cheer audition!

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Topics: Tryouts & Auditions

Team Spotlight: DePaul University Dance Team's Blue Demon Pride

Posted by Meagan on Apr 11, 2018

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Team: DePaul University 
Director/Head Coach:  Shanon Lersch 
Location: Chicago, IL
Style: Collegiate Dance Team

 

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, College

Meet The Line Up Team: Andrea, Account Manager

Posted by Meagan on Apr 9, 2018

 

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Competition Season Recap: 2018 Washington High School Dance Teams 

Posted by Meagan on Apr 5, 2018

washington dance teams custom dance costumes

The 2018 Washington State Dance/Drill Championship was held on March 23-24 and we are LOVING all the photos from the event!  So many creative dance costume designs came to life on the floor: from Skyline Dance Team's Bruno Mars inspired pom uniform, to Hazen Drill Team's sleek Snake costume for military, these teams know how to design gorgeous and innovative costumes! 

Check out a few of the Washington teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook, below!

Have more photos to share? We LOVE seeing you in action!  Send us your photos here >>>

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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: Franklin High School Dance Team Takes 1st in Both Pom & Jazz at Wisconsin State!

Posted by Meagan on Apr 4, 2018

franklin high school poms custom pom uniform

Team: Franklin High School Poms
Director/Head Coach: Sarah Ward
Location:  Franklin, WI 
Style: High School Dance Team: Pom and Jazz

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Topics: High School, Dance, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: The College of New Jersey's Bright & Sunny Jazz Costumes

Posted by Meagan on Apr 3, 2018

 college of new jersey custom dance costume

Team: The College of New Jersey Dance Team 
Director/Head Coach: Jennifer Whitford
Location: Ewing Township, NJ 
Style: Collegiate Dance Team 

 
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Topics: Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary, College

Meet The Line Up Team: Nicole, Account Manager

Posted by Meagan on Apr 2, 2018

 

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

How to Prep for Your College Dance Team Showcase

Posted by TRIBE99 on Mar 29, 2018

college dance team audition

 

This post was created in collaboration with guest bloggers Anna Miller & Carsen Rowe of TRIBE 99 Choreography.  Anna and Carsen have been professionally choreographing high school and college dance teams for 10 years, and are currently preparing for The Dance Combine coming in May 2018!

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Topics: College, Tribe 99, Choreography

Team Spotlight: Florida Gators Dazzlers' Extensive Wardrobe 

Posted by Meagan on Mar 27, 2018

florida gators dazzlers uniforms  

Team: University of Florida Gators "Dazzlers" Dance Team 
Director/Head Coach: Casey Reed
Location: Gainesville, FL 
Style: Collegiate Dance Team 

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, College

10 Places to Find Inspiration for Your Next Dance Costume

Posted by Meagan on Mar 27, 2018

design inspiration for dance costumes  

Inspiration for your next dance costume can come from anywhere: the runway, your Instagram feed, a sneaker, or even something as random as that gorgeous peach that's sitting on your desk! 

We know it can feel overwhelming to narrow your focus to create a concept that is unique from your competitors.  To help, we've rounded up some of our favorite resources for finding dance costume inspiration.

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Topics: Behind the Design, Costume Design Resources, How to Design a Custom Dance Costume

Meet The Line Up Team: Alexia, Client Services

Posted by Meagan on Mar 26, 2018

 

 
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How to Get Started on Your Dance Costume (Even If You Don't Have Your Team or Funding Yet)

Posted by Meagan on Mar 22, 2018

how to get started on your custom dance costume design early

Competition season has wrapped up, your team's hard work has paid off, and it's already time to begin planning for next season.

Starting early on your custom dance costume design can save you time, stress, and money, but one of the main constraints we hear is, "I don't have my team or money yet!" 

No worries, there may be a solve for you! There are ways to get started even without your team assembled OR your funds in place for the year. Read on to find out how.

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Costume Design Resources, Planning Tips, Budget Tips

The Best Companies for Pro Cheer Tryout & Audition Apparel!

Posted by Meagan on Mar 21, 2018

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It's officially  audition season for pro cheer and dance teams!  It's time to get styled - do you have your audition outfit yet?!  We know you want to look your best and stand out at tryouts with a unique audition outfit.  To help, here is a round up of 6 tried and true companies that offer the best options for tryout apparel!

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Tryouts & Auditions, Professional Cheer - NFL

Team Spotlight: MN State Jazz Champs - Wayzata Dance Team!

Posted by Meagan on Mar 20, 2018

Wayzata Dance Team Custom Jazz Costumes

Team: Wayzata HS Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Alyse Iorio
Location: Wayzata, MN
Style: High School Dance Team - Jazz

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Topics: High School, Team Spotlight, Competition & Event Recaps

Meet The Line Up Team: Brooke, Webstore Manager

Posted by Meagan on Mar 19, 2018

 

 

 
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Topics: Life at The Line Up

Competition Recap: 2018 Synchronized Skating National Championships

Posted by Meagan on Mar 15, 2018

 synchronized skating national championships custom skating dress

The US synchronized skating season has come to an end at the 2018 Synchronized Skating Championships, held in Portland, Oregon at the end of February. Congrats to all the teams who qualified and competed at the event - such an amazing feat!  

Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook below, and a fun highlight video from the U.S Figure Skating Organization! 

 Special shout out to KrPhotogs Photography LLC for these awesome pics! 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: NDTC Hip Hop Champions Holy Angels Dance Team! 

Posted by Meagan on Mar 12, 2018

 holy angels dance team custom hip hop costume

Team: Academy of Holy Angels Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Jenny Sweet
Location: Demarest, New Jersey 
Style: High School Dance Team - Hip Hop

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Hip Hop Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: Capital Cougarettes'  Bright & Colorful Dance Costumes 

Posted by Meagan on Mar 7, 2018

 capital cougarettes custom military dance costume

Team: Capital High School Cougarettes 
Director/Head Coach: Jaci Gruhn
Location: Olympia, WA
Style: High School Dance Team - Military 

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Team Spotlight: Fargo Davies Dance Team's Successful Weekend at NDTC

Posted by Meagan on Mar 6, 2018

fargo davies dance team custom high kick dance costume

Team: Davies Eagle Elite Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Sarae Olson & Alexis Allen. 
Location: Fargo, ND 
Style: High School Dance Team - High Kick and Hip Hop

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Topics: High School, High Kick, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: 2018 UDA National Champions Ohio State University

Posted by Meagan on Mar 1, 2018

ohio state university dance team at 2018 UDA Jazz

Team: Ohio State University Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Melissa McGhee 
Location: Columbus, Ohio 
Style:  College Dance Team - Jazz 

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary, College

 Team Spotlight: WI State High Kick Champs - Ashwaubenon Dance Team!

Posted by Meagan on Feb 28, 2018

WI kick champs ashwaubenon dance team custom dance costume

Team: Ashwaubenon Dance Team
Director/Head Coach: Rodney Anderson &  Andrew Meinel 
Location: Ashwaubenon, WI 
Style: High School Dance Team: Jazz, High Kick, and Pom

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Topics: High School, High Kick, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: Onyx Synchronized Skating Team's Boldly Themed Dresses

Posted by Meagan on Feb 27, 2018

onyx synchronized skating team custom jaws themed skate dresses

Team: ONYX Synchro
Director/Head Coach: Heather Blasko
Location: Rochester, MI
Style: Synchronized Skate Team

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Character & Theme, Team Spotlight

Team Spotlight: NDTC National Champions Seton Dance Team!

Posted by Meagan on Feb 23, 2018

seton dance team custom dance costumes at UDA NDTC

Team: Seton High School Dance Team
Coaches: Theresa Chiodi, Jill Lamey, Anna Miller
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio 
Style: High School Dance Team, Pom

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Topics: High School, Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Recap: 2018 Minnesota State Dance Team Tournament

Posted by Meagan on Feb 22, 2018

2018 Minnesota state high school dance tournament

The Minnesota State High School Dance Team Tournament was held last weekend, right in our own backyard at the Target Center in Minneapolis! 

We witnessed firsthand all the time and dedication local dance teams put into their sport - and plenty of gorgeous custom dance costumes, too!  From South St Paul's bright and feminine leotard, to Simley's unique The Price is Right  themed transition costume - MN teams brought it all to competition!

Check out a few of the dance teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook:

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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Season Recap: 2018 Wisconsin High School Dance Teams 

Posted by Stephanie on Feb 20, 2018

Prescott High School Dance Team Custom Jazz Costume

Photo credit: Prescott High School Dance Team and RKD Photography.

We're so proud of all the Wisconsin high school dance teams who finished their season competing at the 2018 WACPC State Dance Championship this month! We loved seeing all of these beautiful costume designs come to life on the floor - from Prescott's fiery Jazz costume, to West Bend West Dance Team's colorful look for Pom -  these Wisconsin teams sure know how to design gorgeous and innovative custom dance costumes! 

Have more photos to share? We LOVE seeing all of your team photos!  Send us your photos here >>>

Check out a few of the WI teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook this year:

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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

The 3 Best Color Options for College and Pro Cheer Audition Outfits

Posted by Stephanie on Feb 15, 2018

Customized Pro Cheer Audition Wear


You've found your perfect outfit for your pro cheer audition and are ready to order! Now the question is, "What colors do I get?!" With endless possibilities for color combinations for made-to-order styles, we get that it is no easy task to decide!

Every year, we get a lot of questions about the best color combinations for tryout wear, so we've compiled a list of the top three color options for your pro cheer audition apparel. Check out the list below!

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Semi-Pro & Other Cheer, Tryouts & Auditions, Professional Cheer - NFL

Competition Recap: 2018 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships  

Posted by Meagan on Feb 14, 2018

competition recap synchronized skating dress

This past January, synchronized skating teams across all levels competed at the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships held in Wichita, Kansas! Of course our favorite part about the event is cataloging all of the skating dress trends!  This year we saw a lot of deep-v necklines, plenty of ombres, and the ever-trending vibrant colors that pop on the ice.

Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook below! 

 Special shout out to KrPhotogs Photography LLC for these awesome pics! 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Season Recap: 2018 North Dakota State Dance Competition

Posted by Trista on Feb 12, 2018

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North Dakota high school dance teams brought their season to an exciting culmination at the 2018 NDADD State Dance Competition last month, competing in Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, and High Kick!

We love how certain dance communities have created their own costume trends, and North Dakota is no exception! If it's a unitard, or velvet, we know it's probably a North Dakota team! These ladies know how to rock these unique looks.  

Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook at the state competition, below. 

Congrats on another amazing season, ladies! 

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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

Increase Your Flexibility With These 4 Stretches for Dance

Posted by Katie Peyton on Feb 8, 2018

increase flexibility for dancers with these stretches

 

Flexibility is a fundamental skill for dancers and athletes. The ability to move your body freely will make the execution of skills and exercise much easier. Many dancers struggle with flexibility in their hamstrings and hips, but what they don’t know is that tightness in their hamstrings is directly related to a tight back and tight glutes (buttock region).

These four moves are going to pay special attention to hips, back, glutes, and hamstrings. Put all four moves together to increase your dance flexibility for a lower split, longer extensions, and more open hips.

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Competition Resources

Team Spotlight: VCU Gold Rush Dancers' Bold Mesh Uniforms

Posted by Meagan on Feb 8, 2018

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Team: Virginia Commonwealth University Gold Rush Dance Team 
Director,  Coach and Choreographer: Vicki Wells & Assistant Director Christian Edwards
Location: Richmond, VA
Style: College Dance Team

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Topics: Team Spotlight, College

Team Spotlight: Super Bowl Bound Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders

Posted by Meagan on Feb 1, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders Vera Wang designed uniforms

We are SO excited for the upcoming Super Bowl 52 - hosted at US Bank Stadium in our hometown, Minneapolis, MN! The whole city is bursting with energy, and we can't wait to welcome the Patriots and the Eagles to the wintery north!

We don't want to pick a favorite - but our longtime customer, the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders have such a fun set of looks, we can't help but feature them before their Super Bowl 52 debut! 

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, Professional Cheer - NFL

Team Spotlight: Cedar Rapids Prairie Poms' Heartfelt Season

Posted by Meagan on Jan 31, 2018

 cedar rapids prairie poms custom jazz costume

Team: Prairie Poms
Director/Head Coach: Natasha Leas
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA 
Style: High School Dance Team- Contemporary 

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Topics: High School, Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary

Competition Recap: 2018 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships 

Posted by Meagan on Jan 30, 2018

 synrhonized skating dresses at eastern skating championships

Many synchronized skating teams across all levels competed at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectionals in Fort Meyers, Florida, this month!  From a whimsical La La Land  theme, to an exotic Avatar theme - we had so much fun seeing all of the fabulous synchronized skating dresses from the event!

Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook below!


 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: University of Alabama Dance Team - Loud and Proud at UDA Nationals! 

Posted by Meagan on Jan 28, 2018

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Team: University of Alabama Dance Team
Coach: Morgan Williams
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Style: Collegiate Dance Team - Pom and Hip Hop

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Topics: Team Spotlight, College, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: Waupaca Dance Team's Colorful Jazz and Pom Dresses

Posted by Meagan on Jan 24, 2018

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Team: Waupaca High School Dance Team 
Head Coach: Amy Marcom
Location: Waupaca, WI 
Style: High School Dance Team - Jazz and Pom 

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary

5 Best Exercises for Dancers to Increase Jump Height and Power!

Posted by Katie Peyton on Jan 19, 2018

 

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As athletes, dancers have the ability to focus their strength and power in many different ways. Being aware of which muscles will be best for a variety of skills will help build strength and level of skill, beyond just technique. These exercises will not only increase jump height and power, but also build long lean muscles in your dancer’s legs!

 

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Competition Resources

Your No Stress Pro Cheer Audition Checklist 

Posted by Meagan on Jan 18, 2018

 

pro cheer audition outfit

It's officially audition season for pro cheer and dance teams! That means it's time to get prepared - do you have your audition outfit, routine, and important dates organized in one place? We've compiled a a general timeline to follow before your audition, with a few tips and tricks to keep you on track and looking your best!  Our biggest tip: plan at least 3-6 months in advance of your tryout date to be prepared!  Read on to find out more.

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Topics: Professional Dance - NBA, Tryouts & Auditions, Professional Cheer - NFL

The Best Dance Costume Trend at 2018 UDA College Nationals

Posted by Trista on Jan 16, 2018
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Photo via the Temple Diamond Gems, in the Champagne leotard at UDA Dance Team National Championships

While it was hard to neglect football in Minnesota this past weekend (Skol Vikes, NFC North Champs!!), but we'll admit we were waaaayy more excited about UDA College nationals!  It's one of the most captivating competitions in the season, and always a source of endless inspiration for costume trends

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Topics: Costume Trends, College, Competition & Event Recaps

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