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Video Preview: 2019 Dance Costume Collection

Posted by Abby on Nov 16, 2018

 Sophie Unitard blog

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

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

How Much Does a Custom Dance Costume Cost: Construction Details

Posted by Meagan on Jan 3, 2018

 

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In our How Much Does a Custom Dance Costume Cost series, we’ll be covering a few things that will affect the price of your dance costume: patterning and set-up fees, fabric choices, the number of costumes being ordered, and embellishmentsToday we’ll talk about construction details that add to your custom dance costume costs - the “cut and sew” features of your costume!

Construction details include the base pieces of your costume that need to be cut out of fabric and sewn together, and doesn't include add-on features like rhinestones, appliques, or fabric choices. Generally speaking, the more construction details going into your garment, the more it will cost.  

Below we break down 5 common construction details that add cost, along with average price ranges of each. Prices will vary depending on your chosen costume company and your group discount, but below we used pricing from The Line Up, before any discounts are applied.  

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

Video Preview: 2018 Dance Costume Collection

Posted by Meagan on Nov 29, 2017

 2018 dance costume collection

Our 2018 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)!  

To curate this year's collection, we discovered what inspired our customers this past year.  For lyrical and contemporary it's romance: soft and feminine nudes, floral patterns and lace, and sheer layers.  For jazz and tap it's intensity: playful fringe, plenty of energy, and bold strength.  For hip hop it's fierce and theatrical: looks drawing inspiration less from street wear and more from music videos and NBA dancers.  

Get inspired and take a peek below!

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Topics: Behind the Design, Costume Design Resources

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

How to Design a Custom Dance Costume: What's a Prototype or Sample Garment?

Posted by Meagan on Nov 17, 2017

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If you've been following along our How To Design A Custom Dance Costume series, we've previously covered finding inspiration, design consultations, and fabric choices.  Up next in the process is the prototype! 

A prototype, or sample garment, is the best way to ensure your team's final group order turns out how you you'd like. 

Your costume company loves prototypes because they need to figure out how to pattern and construct your custom costume.  And you'll love the prototype because you can make sure your custom costumes look and feel great before proceeding with the full order! 

We answer some common questions about dance costume prototypes below: 

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

5 Tips for Designing Flattering Dance Costumes & Skating Dresses

Posted by Meagan on Nov 10, 2017

flattering dance, skate, cheer costumes for the whole team

One of the most important aspects of a performance is how you feel in your dance costume.  The more comfortable and confident you feel, the better you will perform!  A costume that is flattering on the entire team is one way to make sure your dancers look and feel 100%, and elevate your performance.  Here are some tips for designing dance costumes that will look good on the entire team!  

 

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

How to Design a Custom Dance Costume: Fabrics Explained

Posted by Meagan on Oct 26, 2017

dance costume fabrics explained

 

You have your dance costume concept selected and illustrated-  Now it's time to choose fabrics!

Regardless of the look you are trying to achieve, the best fabrics for dance costumes incorporate spandex.  This ensures that your form fitting garment can MOVE with you when you dance.  The fabric you choose depends a lot on your costume concept - do you want something edgy and futuristic (think hologram accents!), or lightweight and elegant (think sheer mesh!).  

Below, we break down our go-to fabric options that most costume companies have available.  There are plenty of novelty and specialty fabrics out there that make amazing costumes - but here are a few of the tried and true basic favorites that will work for any dance costume!

 

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

How Long Does it Take to Design a Custom Dance Costume?

Posted by Meagan on Oct 13, 2017

patterning designing a dance costume

One of the most common questions we hear is this: how long does it take to get a  custom dance costume?! There are a lot of different factors that can contribute to lead times for dance costumes, but generally speaking a design-from-scratch custom dance costume will take 12-18 weeks from gathering inspiration, to production, and to performance.   

A design-from-scratch custom costume is a great option for teams that want a truly one-of-a-kind look, and have greater flexibility with budget ($250+) and time frame (12-18 weeks). Instead of choosing between pre-stocked and catalog styles, this is your chance to become the designer yourself!

There are other custom options that can save you time, like customizing fabrics on a pre-designed style.  For more resources on costumes with quicker turn around times, check out the related post The Best Costume Options For Your Time Frame. 

If you decide a custom costume is right for you, we've broken down each step with time frames below, along with a few tips for saving time!  

 

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

How to Design a Custom Dance Costume: Finding Inspiration

Posted by Meagan on Oct 6, 2017

dance costume design inspiration shoes

 Green Bay South West High School found inspiration for their 2015 pom uniform in a Nike shoe!

Inspiration for your next dance costume can come from anywhere: the runway, your Instagram feed, a sneaker, or that gorgeous peach that's sitting on your desk. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to narrow down your focus, and create a performance concept that is unique from your competitors.  To help, we've rounded up some of our favorite resources for finding dance costume inspiration, as well as some tips to get it all organized! 

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

How To Design a Transition Dance Costume

Posted by Meagan on Sep 28, 2017

The Line Up Transition Dance Costume

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As we head into competition season, we've gotten a lot of requests for the crowd pleasing Transition Costume.  Transition Costumes deliver that WOW factor to the crowd (and the judges!) that everyone likes to see. But they're also COMPLICATED! How do you even begin to design one? Find out what the most effective transition costumes are, and some tips for designing them below! 

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

How To Prepare For A Dance Costume Design Consultation

Posted by Meagan on Sep 8, 2017

Preparing for a dance costume design consultation

Planning the new upcoming dance season is SO exciting!  Many times this means designing a new costume, which means a design consultation with your dance costume design company. You will likely be getting a lot of information out of this design consultation- but how can you prepare beforehand? Find out here!

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

Transform Your Dance Team Photos With These 10 Photoshoot Tips

Posted by Trista on Aug 30, 2017

behind the scenes dance photoshoot tips

Behind the scenes at one of our recent photo shoots at Steve Lucas Photography

Once fall rolls around, we know the first thing on the to-do list as a newly formed dance team is pictures!  When it comes to photoshoots, TLU has definitely had lots of practice.  With over 8 photoshoots a year, we've got things down to a science!  

And we don't do it alone either!  With a little help from the experts below, we've compiled some of our best tips for getting your best photos as a dance team. Read on to hear what the experts have to say.

  • Pam Gleason - Our photoshoot choreographer, Pam, is a master at creative posing!  When not working at The Line Up, she's also an instructor at Dance Arts Centre and co-founder of Matrixx Pro.
  • Steve Lucas - We've been working with Steve Lucas Photography for over 10 years, and with his 20+ years of experience, he has perfected the art of capturing the perfect dance action shot!  
  • Dawn Ruschmeyer - Our resident photo editor and Photoshop Wizard, Dawn is also Steve Lucas's assistant and photo editor.

 

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Topics: Behind the Design, Choreography, Planning Tips

What's That Job: Costume Fit Models Pam and Taylor

Posted by Trista on Jun 12, 2017

 Dance Costume Model | New Product

 Costume fit model Taylor tries on a new outfit before it hits the hip hop catalog.

We have a small but important rule here at The Line Up: every sample garment that leaves the building MUST be tried on.

Every day at 1pm sharp, you can find our team at Fit Session, where a costume fit model tries on all of our new designs.  Whether its a custom design for a client or new product going up on our store, we like to make sure every pattern is right and fits a REAL body. Putting it on a mannequin is helpful, but a real body is best in order to move and dance in it as intended!

This leads to one very unique job at The Line Up: a Fit Model.  These ladies are our real life, size small mannequins, and often get poked and prodded as they test out all our sample garments.  

We sat down with Pam and Taylor, our past and present fit models, for our new employee spotlight series. Check out what they had to say about their highly unusual but very important job!

 

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Topics: Behind the Design, Life at The Line Up

Life of a Choreographer Part 2 - at Nationals with TRIBE 99

Posted by TRIBE99 on May 3, 2017

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We're back again with Anna and Carsen of TRIBE 99, getting a feel for what it's like to have a career as a dance team choreographer!  Earlier, they shared how TRIBE 99 got started and what makes their brand unique.  Today, we're talking about what it's like to go to Nationals with a team, and their best advice for those competing!  Take a peek:

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Topics: Tribe 99, Choreography, Behind the Design

Life of a Choreographer Part 1 - Behind the Scenes with TRIBE 99

Posted by TRIBE99 on May 2, 2017

Choreography careers TRIBE 99

 

Have you ever wondered what it's like to choreograph for some of the top dance teams in the nation?   We asked our friends Anna and Carsen from TRIBE 99 to tell us more about how they got started with their careers in dance!  Check out our Q&A with these talented ladies for a behind the scenes peek!

 

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Topics: Tribe 99, Choreography, Behind the Design

TeamSpotlight: University of St. Thomas' Ronda Rousey Inspired Jazz Routine

Posted by Stephanie on Feb 2, 2016

University of S. Thomas Dance team jazz costume, Ronda Rousey, Black edgy costume, low back , crop top and briefs

We've worked with the University of St. Thomas Dance Team (USTDT) for a while now, and it's always exciting to see what inspiration they bring us each summer! From elegant to edgy, the team always seems to fully bring their chosen theme to life. This year was no exception!

Finding Inspiration

USTDT found inspiration for their jazz routine from one very strong woman: Ronda Rousey. Rousey - an American mixed martial artist, UFC Champion, and Judo Olympian - was ranked the most "dominant" active athlete in 2015, man or woman. The team connected with her story of strength and pride, rise against the odds, and female empowerment. Their goal for their 2015-2016 season? Push the limits, just like Rousey, and have a routine & costume they hadn't seen before.

Ronda Rousey St Thomas Jazz costume inspiration

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Topics: Behind the Design, Team Spotlight, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary, College

Team Spotlight: How the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders Perfected Their New Signature Uniform!

Posted by Deb on Nov 4, 2015

Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders in new white 2015 uniform, The Line Up

Ever wonder what pro teams consider when designing a new uniform? Tina, director of the Baltimore Ravens cheerleaders, had a few things in mind when she came to The Line Up needing a fresh, new look for her team. The ladies had been wearing the same uniform from The Line Up for several years, and were long overdue for something new and innovative!

Changing their look was serious business, and the process took well over a year! Many pro teams want to ensure their uniform is unique to their team brand, to create their own "signature" look. Designing the Raven's uniform was a collaborative effort that involved a lot of discussion about goals, several design iterations, a couple different sample garments, approval from the Raven’s organization, and numerous tweaks along the way!

So, how did they make it happen? Here's a sneak peek behind the design process:

 

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Topics: Behind the Design, Team Spotlight, Professional Cheer - NFL

Team Spotlight: Ice & Blades New Warm Ups!

Posted by Pam on Oct 7, 2015

Ice and Blades new warm ups, jacket and leggings, The Line Up

This year, Ice & Blades Figure Skating club president, Joyce, wanted her skaters "to feel and train like athletes, so they need to look like athletes." She went on to say that she wants to have a more unified team exuding TONS of team pride. Her solution? Warm-ups to give the Ice & Blades a unified look. Keeping her intent in mind, The Line Up designers were up for the challenge of designing warm ups for the skaters!

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Apparel & Warm-ups, Behind the Design, Team Spotlight

Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers New Uniform

Posted by Pam on Aug 18, 2015

When the Timberwolves Dancers' coach Athenia came to us looking for a new design for this season, we were eager to help create a fresh, new look! Her vision came to life in a hooded dress, uniquely accented with a pattern created out of the Wolves' logo.

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

University of St. Thomas Dance Team: 2015 National Hip Hop Champions

Posted by thelineup on Jun 1, 2015

University of St. Thomas Dance Team 2014 2015, The Line Up, Holy Grail, Hip Hop Champions, black hip hop  costumes

Going a different direction on a dance, costume and theme is a risk many teams take. This past year, the University of St. Thomas Dance Team (located in Minnesota, not the island) took a major risk with a one song, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z "Holy Grail" routine at the 2015 UDA College National Championship and it paid off! We were eager to bring their costume vision to life and match the "JT swag" they were going for.

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Topics: Behind the Design, Team Spotlight, Hip Hop Dance, College, Dance

Bellarmine Dance Team Takes Home the Gold in Beautiful Scarlet Costumes!

Posted by Pam on May 1, 2015

Bellarmine Dance Team, 2015 National NDA Champions, The Line Up

What a way to end a fabulous season! Bellarmine University Dance Team took first place a few weeks ago at the NDA Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. We were so delighted to work on their eye-catching custom costumes. Here's the story behind the design:

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Topics: Behind the Design, Team Spotlight, College, Jazz, Lyrical, & Contemporary

Team Spotlight: Waupaca Dance Team Led the Way with Eye Catching Color Combinations!

Posted by Pam on Apr 20, 2015

Masion Meredith, Waupaca dance team, 2015, The Line Up

Photo credit: Maison Meredith and the Waupaca Dance Team

One of our longtime loyal customers, the Waupaca Dance Team, designed a jazz costume this past year that was eye-catching and beautiful that came from great inspiration.

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Topics: High School, Behind the Design, Team Spotlight, Cheer, Pom & Gameday

Green Bay Southwest: Extraordinary Inspiration for Phenomenal Costumes!

Posted by Pam on Feb 19, 2015

Green Bay Southwest, dance team, pom, kick, The Line Up, 2015, warm up, rhinestones, gorgeous

Every year, we are thrilled to see what The Green Bay Southwest Troyettes bring to the The Line Up. Their inspiration colors, concepts and images for their latest costume projects were both vibrant and high style.

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Topics: High School, Behind the Design, Team Spotlight, Dance, Cheer, Pom & Gameday

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