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Meet The Line Up Team: Emily, Product Designer

Posted by Stephanie on May 21, 2018

 

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

Posted by Stephanie on May 14, 2018

 

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Meet The Line Up Team: Katie, Customer Service Manager

Posted by Stephanie on May 7, 2018

 

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Meet The Line Up Team: Allison, Account Manager

Posted by Stephanie on Apr 30, 2018

 
 

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Meet The Line Up Team: Lindsey, Account Manager

Posted by Stephanie on Apr 24, 2018

 

 

 

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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

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

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

5 Ways to Add Logo and Lettering to Your Cheer Uniform

Posted by Stephanie on Jan 11, 2018

Cheer Uniform Logos - 5 Different Ways to Logo your Cheer Uniform

One logo created with 5 different techniques. 
Price will vary depending on logo size  and exclude base garment price - shown here at 7.25" high. 

Most teams brand their cheer and dance uniforms with logo and lettering, but you may not realize that there are many different options available! "Which logo and lettering option is best for me?", you might ask. The answer is that it depends! Some factors that affect which option is best for your dance or cheer uniform are:

  • Your overall budget
  • Level of detail in your team logo 
  • Fit of your uniform or location of logo
Below, we summarize 5 ways you can add your logo to a cheer uniform - embroidery, vinyl, sublimation, spangles and rhinestones - and the pros and cons of each! 
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Topics: How to Design a Custom Dance Costume, Costume Design Resources

3 Unexpected Ways to Save on Custom Dance Costume Costs

Posted by Stephanie on Jan 2, 2018

Chaska High School MN State 2017 Kick Dance Costumes

If there's one thing we've learned over many years of creating custom dance costumes, it's that things can quickly add up! However, we've found that there are always ways to cut costs to ensure that your dance costume stays in budget. While this sometimes means cutting out certain elements of your design, it doesn't always have to! Sometimes thinking out of the box with your finishing details can help you save big time.

Recently we covered 4 DIY Dance Costume Embellishments That Add the Perfect Finishing Touch. Next up in our Dance Costume Cost series is 3 unexpected ways you can save on custom dance costume costs!

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Topics: Budget Tips

Team Spotlight: Detroit Lions Cheerleaders' New Uniforms

Posted by Stephanie on Dec 27, 2017

Detroit lions cheerleaders color rush uniforms

The Detroit Lions football team unveiled some new uniforms this year with their recent rebrand. The organization removed black from their branding and logos while keeping their traditional "Honolulu Blue" and Silver colors that have been with the team since 1934!

With new team jerseys and apparel comes new cheerleader uniforms and we were honored to help the Detroit Lions Cheerleaders out this year! Check out the cheerleaders' new apparel, below:

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4 DIY Dance Costume Embellishments That Add the Perfect Finishing Touch

Posted by Stephanie on Dec 22, 2017
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We've kicked off our How Much Does a Custom Dance Costume Cost series and next up we're talking about dance costume embellishments!

Embellishments add the perfect finishing touch to your custom dance costume. But when designing on a budget, they're often the first thing to get cut. Why? Because they can get pretty costly and add up quickly! Not only do you have to consider the cost of the embellishment itself, but also the labor costs to have your costume company apply the embellishments for you.

However, you shouldn't have to sacrifice those finishing touches because of your budget! The easiest way to save is to apply the finishing touches yourself.

Here are 4 dance costume embellishments that you can add yourself for the perfect finishing touch, while also cutting costs:

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Topics: Budget Tips, How to Design a Custom Dance Costume, Costume Design Resources

How Much Does a Custom Dance Costume Cost?

Posted by Stephanie on Dec 7, 2017

How much does a custom dance costume cost?

One of the most common questions we get regarding costumes is "how much does a custom costume cost?!" This can be a difficult question to answer because a custom costume is just that - custom - and depends on what you add! Everything is completely unique, which means that the pricing is unique as well.

As a general guideline, custom costumes can range anywhere from $150 to $600. The more detail and complex, the higher the price.  However, we generally tell people the average price of a custom dance costume is around $250, and to start with that budget in mind.  

If you're looking for more information, here are six areas that will determine how much your custom dance costume costs:

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Topics: Budget Tips, How to Design a Custom Dance Costume

How to Design a Custom Dance Costume in 8 Steps

Posted by Stephanie on Nov 28, 2017
Designing a Custom Dance Costume

You've got your choreography, your team is practicing hard, and now it's time to design your dance costume! This may seem like a daunting task, but designing a custom dance costume can really be broken down into 8 simple steps.

If you've been following along our How to Design a Custom Dance Costume series, we've covered everything from prototypes to  fabrics. We've compiled all the posts in this series to give you a brief overview of the custom dance costume design process. Check it out below!

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

How to Design A Custom Dance Costume: Sizing and Measuring

Posted by Stephanie on Nov 22, 2017

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In our recent How to Design a Custom Dance Costume series, we've been covering all the steps to ordering a custom costume.  

Once your design and prototype is confirmed, it's time to get started making your group order! The next step is sizing and measuring your team before your custom costume goes off to production.

Fit is fashion! Even with the most beautifully designed costume, if your outfit doesn't fit properly, the focus will be on your flaws and not your skills. Here a few tips to ensure your dancers are fitted correctly:

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

Our 10 Favorite Motivational Quotes for Dancers

Posted by Stephanie on Oct 30, 2017

"Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You." - Kate Spade Motivational Quotes for Dancers

"Be Happy. Be Bright. Be You." - Kate Spade

As dance teams head into competition season, when the pressure and excitement are at an all time high, everyone could use a little extra motivation and encouragement!  To inspire your team, here are our 10 favorite motivational quotes for dancers:

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Dance Life

The 90's Dance Costume Trend that is Making a Comeback

Posted by Stephanie on Oct 4, 2017

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Every year we take a look at the runway to forecast the current dance costume trends. We've covered the color of the year for 2018, but what about the fabric of the year? This year, we've seen a resurgence of a certain popular 90's trend on the runway, in everyday fashion and in dance and skate costumes! This trending, elegant fabric is...

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Topics: Costume Trends, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary

Top 6 Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary Dance Costume Trends for 2018

Posted by Stephanie on Sep 1, 2017
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Floral Mesh Leotard, Mesh Leotard, Tribal Mesh Leotard, and Kiri Leotard

It's that time of year - School is back in session, game days are starting to pick up again and all we can think about are this year's upcoming competition costumes! As we head into our busy season (a.k.a. your competition season!), we are overwhelmed with the amazing costume designs and inspiration that our creative customers and designers come up with! It truly is inspiring seeing all these beautiful costumes go out the door and onto the competition floor.

Check out what we've found are the Top 6 Jazz & Contemporary Dance Costume trends for 2018:

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Topics: Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary, Costume Trends

5 Ways Dance Costumes Can Take Your High Kick Routine to the Next Level!

Posted by Stephanie on Aug 2, 2017

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High Kick dance routines are known for their quick movements, sharp lines, and formation changes. So, how do you accentuate this choreography to take your routine to the next level? Color change!  Accentuate strong movements and add visual interest by adding a pop of color. Check out 5 unique ways to incorporate color change into your High Kick dance costume this year!

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Topics: High Kick, High School, Costume Trends

Expert Coaching Tips: Advice from 5 NFL Cheerleading Coaches

Posted by Stephanie on May 15, 2017

 

This February, directors for NFL's prestigious cheer and dance teams got their 2018 season off to a start at the NFL Director's Conference in Philadelphia! We were able to chat with a few of our coaching friends while attending the event, and asked them if they had any advice for fellow coaches.  Here's what these experienced and talented women had to say!

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Topics: Professional Cheer - NFL, Coaching Tips, Planning Tips

Competition Season Recap: 2017 Wisconsin State Dance Teams

Posted by Stephanie on Feb 10, 2017

 Mukwonago dance team high kick costume

Competition season officially came to an end last weekend for our Wisconsin high school dance team friends, at the the 2017 WACPC State Dance Championships!  If we can say anything definitive about these lovely teams, it's that they KNOW how to do custom costumes! Brightly colored Pom uniforms, edgy High Kick costumes, flowy Jazz costumes, and innovative Hip Hop looks - there's a wide variety in Wisconsin!

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

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Topics: Dance, High School, Competition & Event Recaps

Expert Coaching Tips: 8 Ways to Define Leadership for Your Dance Team

Posted by Stephanie on Jan 20, 2017
Dance Arts Centre Studio Dancers Lyrical dance costumes
Dance Arts Centre dancers huddle before a performance.

We've asked some of our coaching friends to share their unique insights with you for this new series: EXPERT COACHING TIPS. In case you missed it, last time we talked about coaches' most important lessons learned!

This week, we're talking about leadership. The dance team coaches we talked to know that it's important not only to be a great leader for their dance teams, but also to establish leadership within their team. See what they had to share, below! 

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Dance

Congrats to the Clemson Tigers on their National Championship Win!

Posted by Stephanie on Jan 12, 2017

Clemson University Tiger Dancers College Dance team

In case you missed it, Monday night at College Football Playoffs the Clemson Tigers won the National Champion title against the Alabama Crimson Tide! Big congrats to the Clemson Tiger football team and our friends, the Tiger Dancers - you ladies look fierce AND fab in your customized Tami dresses!

 

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Topics: College, Cheer, Pom & Gameday

The Line Up's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by Stephanie on Jan 11, 2017

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We don't know about you, but 2016 was quite the year for us over here at The Line Up! From launching a new website and new branding to working with all of our talented dancing, skating and cheering friends - there was a lot to celebrate in 2016.

While looking forward to 2017, we decided to take a look back at 2016 at what resonated with our readers! Without further ado, here are our top 10 blog posts from 2016:

 

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Topics: Life at The Line Up

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