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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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Topics: Life at The Line Up

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

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