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Top 3 Dance Costume Trends from UDA College Nationals!

Posted by Trista on Jan 16, 2017

University of Michigan Dance Team nude dance costume

University of Michigan Dance Team in the Jupela! (Photo via m.goblue.com)

If you're a member of the dance community, we have a feeling you (like us!) were live streaming UDA College Nationals this weekend! We were blown away by all the incredible talent - technique, skills, precision, and costume design get more and more impressive every year!! 

UDA College Nationals are always a source of inspiration for choreography and costumes, and we find the trends for high school dance line usually start here!  While we watched, we made note of a few repeating themes in regards to costume design.  We can't take credit for all of these costumes and trends, but here are a few of our favorites!!

Jazz: The Romantic Look

The romantic look is still going strong. A few essential ingredients spotted in every division include: appliques,  jewel tones, open backs, and open front skirts.

UDA costume trends: the romantic look

Photo and costume credit: Bridgewater State University Dance Team,  University of Iowa Dance Team,
LSU Tiger Girls via @UDAnews, and University of Minnesota Dance Team


Hip Hop: Black Mesh 

2017 Nationals was the year of MESH: mesh cutouts in leggings and mesh crop tops over bra tops. This adds some great dimension and texture to a costume, along with some edginess and sass.  

uda costume trends: black mesh in hip hop dance

Photo and costume credit: LSU Tiger Girls via UDA, Grand Canyon University Dance Team via UDA,
and University of Cincinnatti Dance Team via UDA

Pom: Leggings 

Will pants be the next trend in this category?! Adding leggings makes your lines look long and continuous.  Also, the open back is not just for jazz costumes anymore! We saw many teams incorporate a low, open back into their pom dresses and outfits this year.

 uda costume trends: pants for pom

Photo and costume credit: Iowa Dance Team via TRA Choreography, UNLV Rebel Girls, and Endicott College Dance Team

Looking for more costume trends?  Check out our Ultimate Trends Guide for 2017 Dance!

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Topics: Dance, Costume Trends, College, Competition & Event Recaps

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