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Team Spotlight: Drake University's Budget Friendly Dance Team Uniforms

Posted by Pam on May 18, 2017

Drake University Dance Team Uniform

Drake University Dance Team in the Ayla Dress

Team: Drake University

Director/Coach: Student Run

Location: Des Moines, IA

Style: Collegiate Game Day Cheer and Appearance

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

Team Spotlight: Orono High School Dance Team's Beetlejuice High Kick Dance

Posted by Pam on May 10, 2017

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Team: Orono High School Dance Team

Coach: Sharon Forde

Location: Orono, MN

Dance Style:  High Kick

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Topics: High Kick, High School, Team Spotlight

Audition Checklist: Everything You Need to Plan Your Dance Team Auditions

Posted by Pam on Apr 27, 2017

high school dance team audition checklist.jpgAlthough it may seem as though the past dance season JUST came to a close... it's time to start thinking next year! Spring is here.. which means it's audition season! Whether you are the coach for a high school, college, or pro dance team, it's time to get organized and pick your new dancers and cheerleaders!

Coaches and captains - get prepared for dance team auditions with this handy checklist!  After 8 years of coaching experience, I consider this checklist an essential part of kicking off the season on the right foot!  


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Topics: Coaching Tips, Tryouts & Auditions

Looks We Love: College Dance and Cheer Teams Start Their Season in Style!

Posted by Pam on Aug 15, 2016

Rock Chalk Dancers at camp

University of Kansas Rock Chalk Dancers

Summer can be a time to relax and take some time off before the school year starts - but not for college dance teams! Teams start practice right when summer begins and kick off their season by attending camp: either a  "home camp" where instructors come to the team, or traveling to a larger camp like UDA and NDA's camps where other teams also attend.  It's the perfect way to jumpstart the season with choreography and ideas, while also building team commraderie. 

Here are some of our amazing customers who recently kicked of their season in style at camp - looking great, ladies!

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Topics: College, Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups

ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships 2016 Recap!

Posted by Pam on Apr 13, 2016
Team USA 2, Miami University of Ohio, ISU world synchronized skating 2016
Team USA 2: Miami University of Ohio    Photo credit: ISU World Synchro Gallery

Not only was it a big weekend for college dance, but for the synchronized skating world as well! Some of the best teams from all over the world represented their country at the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championship in Budapest, Hungary. Twenty six teams entered, representing 21 nations at the highest level of synchronized skating. (Fun fact: in 2000, the first World championships was organized of 17 countries in Minneapolis, MN!) We are proud to have outfitted two teams who competed this past weekend: Team USA 2 (Miami University of Ohio) and Team Switzerland (Cool Dreams Senior). Check out their gorgeous dresses below and a few others we love too!

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

NDA 2016 College Nationals Recap!

Posted by Pam on Apr 11, 2016

Texas Tech University

This past weekend, college dance teams from all over the country came together in Daytona, Florida to compete at the NDA Collegiate Dance Championship, and man, it was a show!

We were so proud to have outfitted many of the extraordinary teams who danced their hearts out at Peabody Auditorium and The Bandshell. The costumes were eye-catching and we loved seeing them in action!

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Topics: Dance, College, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Recap: 2016 US Synchronized Skating Nationals

Posted by Pam on Mar 4, 2016

Miami of ohio collegiate free skate red white and blue dresses

This past weekend, synchronized skating teams from all over the country came together in Kalamazoo, Michigan to compete at the 2016 US National Synchronized Skating Championships.

This event is filled with amazing choreography, energy, and (our favorite!) dresses! One thing that can be said about all synchronized skate teams: they know how to commit to their theme with choreography and costuming, while always maintaining a feminine and glamorous edge! One trend we noticed this year? Accessorizing skate dresses with black leggings or tights, which really puts an emphasis on the leg against the white ice!

 

Check out some of our amazing customers who competed - what a great way to end the season!

 

 

Delaware Collegiate Dirty Dance synchronized skating Team 2016 Nationals
University of Delaware Collegiate, with a Dirty Dancing theme
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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Recap: 2016 Minnesota State Dance Team Tournament!

Posted by Pam on Feb 16, 2016

 

South Saint Paul hula girl kick costume 2016, The Line Up
 

This past weekend, dance teams from across Minnesota came together at the Target Center in Minneapolis, ready to compete in the Minnesota State High School League (MHDSL) Dance Team championship! On Friday, 36 high school teams competed in the jazz category, and the following day 36 teams (some the same, some new!) were ready to take on the high kick category. We are so proud of our many customers that competed this weekend at State!

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Topics: High School, Dance, Competition & Event Recaps

Good Luck to our Superbowl Teams!

Posted by Pam on Feb 4, 2016

White Carolina Panthers Cheerleaders Topcats uniform

We have not one but TWO of our amazing customers cheering in the Superbowl this Sunday. We don't like to pick favorites, so we aren't going to! Good luck to BOTH of our amazing customers, the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and the Carolina Panthers TopCats as they cheer on their teams. We couldn't be more excited for you and can't wait to see you shine on the sidelines!

Here's some fabulous shots of our gals on the sideline rockin' their TLU uniforms!

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Topics: Life at The Line Up, Team Spotlight, Professional Dance - NBA, Professional Cheer - NFL, Character & Theme

Competition Recap: NDTC 2016 UDA Nationals

Posted by Pam on Feb 1, 2016

Crown Point High School Kick costume, The Line Up, UDA NDTC Nationals

Crown Point High School Kick- photo credit: UDA

Wow, what a weekend for high school dance! The National Dance Team Championships were held this past weekend down in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World. The NDTC is the ONLY national-level dance team championship for high school dance teams. We were so proud to outfit many of teams competing in the multiple different categories: pom, jazz, and hip hop!

Check out some of our friends in action this weekend!

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Topics: High School, Team Spotlight, Dance

A Studio Teacher & Choreographer's Perspective on Designing Costumes

Posted by Pam on Dec 29, 2015

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Here at The Line Up, we don't just "get it" we LIVE the costume experience. Like myself, many of us that work at The Line Up are dancers, teachers, coaches, and choreographers. When we say we truly understand where you are coming from, we mean it.

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Topics: Dance Studio, Life at The Line Up, Costume Design Resources

Looks We Love: 16 Of Our Favorite Holiday Looks!

Posted by Pam on Dec 21, 2015
 
New York Jets Flight Crew Custom "Mrs. Claus" Dress

 At a company where sparkle is an everyday occurrence, it’s hard for us not to get excited about the Holidays. Finally, a time of year where sequined and rhinestoned outfits are embraced by the masses! We especially love seeing the special touches teams add to their holiday wear. Whether it's a Santa Claus dress, a Frozen theme, or dazzling white and gold New Years inspiration, the possibilities are endless!

Here are 16 of our favorite holiday inspired costumes and uniforms, plus a few of our favorite ways to incorporate a little Holiday spirit into your own look!

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Topics: Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups, Character & Theme

Looks We Love: 2015-2016 High School Dance Competition Season Kicks Off!

Posted by Pam on Dec 18, 2015
Prior Lake High School Jazz dark purple and tan costume from The Line Up
Prior Lake High School

It's officially here: competition season! High school dance teams have kicked off their competitions, putting in hours of sweaty, tough practices to make their routines as flawless as possible. With many dancers among our Line Up team, we know that all those hours - which lead to a only a few short minutes on the floor - are worth it for that feeling of pride and accomplishment after a performance!

This time of year is our favorite because after weeks of planning and production work we finally get to see all of your fabulous custom costumes come to life! It's amazing how much choreography and those finishing touches like accessories, rhinestones, and makeup can completely transform a design!

Check out some pics of just a few teams looking spectacular at recent competitions:

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Topics: Dance, Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups

Team Spotlight: Eden Prairie Dance Team Shows off Their New Leggings!

Posted by Pam on Dec 15, 2015
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Topics: High School, Team Spotlight, Team Apparel & Warm-ups

Team Spotlight: Waterloo Columbus Catholic Dance Team, Iowa State Hip Hop Champs!

Posted by Pam on Dec 7, 2015

Waterloo Columbus Iowa Dance Team hip hop Tanks by The Line Up

It's official – competition season is finally here! Among the many competitions and invitationals this week, our friends to the south just wrapped up their Iowa State Dance & Drill competition. In the Class 4 hip hop division the Waterloo Columbus Catholic Dance Team took first place for the third year in a row! And for the second year in a row, the team won the "Judges Choice" Award, which is only given to three standout performances of the day!

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Topics: High School, Team Spotlight, Hip Hop Dance, Dance

Looks We Love: NFL Cheerleaders Salute in Style!

Posted by Pam on Dec 4, 2015

Denver Broncos Cheerleaders military outfits for 2015 created by The Line Up

During the month of November, you may have noticed that the NFL Cheerleaders were rockin' some extra special uniforms on the sidelines, celebrating military appreciation through their Salute to Service campaign. We were honored to outfit the ladies on the sidelines and help create their special look for the month.

Check out our beautiful NFL customers in their military garb!

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Topics: Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Professional Cheer - NFL, Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups

Team Spotlight: University of Nebraska Omaha's Stellar New Uniforms!

Posted by Pam on Nov 25, 2015

University of Nebraska Omaha Dance Team, black dress uniforms, The Line Up

It's always fun to catch up with coaches to hear about their team and their vision for the season! We got a chance to chat with Mo Marmesh, coach of the University of Nebraska- Omaha Dance Team and hear about their new uniforms and their 2015-2016 goals.

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

Team Spotlight: Portland Trail Blazers Dancers Start the Season with a Bang!

Posted by Pam on Nov 20, 2015

Portland Trailblazers uniforms, 2015, NBA dancers, The Line Up

We can't believe that it's already that time of year: NBA season is officially here. We love the beginning of the season because that's when many of our teams reveal their new uniforms. The Portland Trail Blazers dancers sent us some spectacular shots from their home opener. The team debuted 3 new uniforms this year, adding to their ever growing wardrobe!

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

Team Spotlight: Baltimore Ravens Playmakers & Alumni

Posted by Pam on Nov 12, 2015

Last week, we gave you the "behind the design" story for the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders' new uniforms. But did you know that there are even more spectacular groups within this organization? We also outfitted the Raven's Playmakers and Pro Bowl alumni this year! What did they go with? Here's a peek:

Playmakers

The Baltimore Ravens have a promotional team known as The Playmakers, who make appearances throughout Baltimore and surrounding areas and raffle off tickets to M&T Bank Stadium. The team is also present at all home games.

We were thrilled to work with Event & Game Entertainment manager, Ilsa, to design a new uniform for the Playmakers! Together, our design team and Ilsa landed on a tank and skirt, a look intended to provide more modest coverage as they make appearances in the community. Sticking with their team colors of purple and black, the top and skirt also coordinates well with their existing custom warm-up jacket- we love the overall look!

Baltimore Ravens Playmakers, uniforms, The Line Up

 

 

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

Team Spotlight: North Texas Dancers' Fabulous Wardrobe!

Posted by Pam on Nov 11, 2015

University of North Texas Dance team, black white and green uniforms, The Line Up

When University of North Texas dance team recently sent us pics of their new uniforms in action, we couldn’t help but be impressed with the team’s ever growing wardrobe. Which got us thinking, how many times can one dance team do green and white, and still keep it looking fresh? 6 pieces and counting, these ladies have shown us the possibilities are endless!

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

Team Spotlight: Limestone College Sparkles on Game Day

Posted by Pam on Nov 3, 2015

Limestone College dance team, 2015 blue uniforms

Limestone College dancers are looking extra fabulous on the sidelines this season in their new uniform tops. Mock neck halter crop + sparkle + logo = some serious fabulousness on the sidelines!

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

An Ode to Halloween: 13 Dance Costumes & Skate Dresses with an Edge

Posted by Pam on Oct 28, 2015
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Topics: Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups, Character & Theme

Looks We Love: Breast Cancer Awareness in the NFL!

Posted by Pam on Oct 27, 2015

Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders Breast Cancer Awareness Boot covers, the line up

Have you seen all the sideline beauties - aka NFL cheerleaders - sporting pink lately? It's all in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the NFL's campaign, "A Crucial Catch." A Crucial Catch, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of regular screenings to prevent breast cancer. Throughout October, NFL games players, coaches, cheerleaders and referees can be seen wearing pink game day apparel to bring awareness to the cause.

Check out some of our NFL cheerleader friends rockin' their pink this October, and help support American Cancer Society by donating now!

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Topics: Professional Cheer - NFL, Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups, Cheer, Pom & Gameday

Team Spotlight: Western Michigan University's New Game Day Tops!

Posted by Pam on Oct 21, 2015

Western Michigan University Dance team white, black and gold uniforms, The Line Up

Western Michigan University Dance Team is rockin' a new look on the sidelines this year. The white tops really pop against the football field, and the gold metallic myst trim adds a little dimension and texture without needing any extra sparkle like rhinestones or spangles. We think WMU Dance Team did the fabrics on this modified online style just right - what a great solution! :

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

Team Spotlight: Ashwaubenon Dance Team's 2 Ingredients for a Perfect Warm Up!

Posted by Pam on Oct 19, 2015

Ashwaubenon Dance Team Jaguaress, team warm up, 2015-2016, The Line Up

We've helped the Ashwaubenon Jagauress Dance Team create their competition costumes for over 5 years now, but we got started designing a litter earlier this year with the team's new warm-ups!

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Topics: High School, Team Apparel & Warm-ups, Team Spotlight, Dance

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