Every year we start designing our latest costume collection by doing a lot of research. We look at what teams are wearing at competition, what our customers are designing, and the fashion trends on the runway. Despite the diversity, there's always a few clear trends that emerge! Here's a look at 3 of our favorite dance costume trends for 2019 :
Photo via the Temple Diamond Gems, in the Champagne leotard at UDA Dance Team National Championships
While it was hard to neglect football in Minnesota this past weekend (Skol Vikes, NFC North Champs!!), but we'll admit we were waaaayy more excited about UDA College nationals! It's one of the most captivating competitions in the season, and always a source of endless inspiration for costume trends.
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...
For all our color lovers and trend watchers, The Line Up chose a color of the year that embodies the current mood in dance! We surveyed our designers, researched competitions, and took a nod from pop culture to determine the trend setting color for 2018. Here it is:
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:
When it comes to synchro skate dresses, the skirt is the one design element that rules!
Our synchro customers insist on getting their skirts right and for a couple very good reasons: a great skirt can emphasize choreography, enhance the perception of speed, and create crowd appeal! What team can resist all of that?
Check out some of our favorite synchronized skating skirts from the past couple of seasons below!
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!
When it comes to dresses, skaters know how to perfect a sophisticated and elegant look. So it's no surprise that when a skating trend takes off, it's usually classy and not likely to immediately fade out of style. As you start planning for the upcoming season, here's a look back at some of our favorite trends that we predict will have serious staying power!
A Sparkling Jersey Trend: Tami Gaga, Sparkle Jersey, 420 Tank Gaga
The look of the game day cheer uniform is changing! The classic cheer look - which will always hold a strong torch - is starting to look a little faded next to the glitz and glam of innovative all star looks. So what does this mean for new trends for your fall 2017 game day looks? Check out our 10 favorite trends for the modern cheer uniforms, that create the perfect mix of classic and innovation!
When spring starts rolling in, we know you've already started planning for next season. First step: form your team. Second step: team apparel! Are you trying to find some fun ideas for apparel besides the standard shirt and spirit jersey from you local t-shirt shop? Check out a few of our favorite trends for dance team warm-ups and practice apparel below!
UCONN Dance Team with a fun, sporty and feminine look!
The 2017 dance competition season officially came to a close last weekend with the 2017 NDA College Nationals!
College dance teams have been known to sport a lot of unitard looks at NDA, but this year we saw teams mix it up quite a bit! Check out some of our favorite dance costume trends from the competition (some by TLU, and some by others).
It was an exhilarating weekend for synchronized skating fans - the 2017 World Synchronized Skating Championship was held in sunny Colorado Springs!
We were excited to be able to take a field trip to Colorado watch the international competition in person! 24 teams from 19 different countries competed for the world synchronized skating title - so much amazing talent!
Our favorite part? The skating dresses, of course! We can't take credit for these stunning dresses, but here are a few of our favorite costume trends from the competition!
It was a whirlwind couple of days for high school teams this past weekend at NDTC Nationals! If you're a dance fan like ourselves, odds are you skipped the Super Bowl and were live streaming UDA Nationals instead!
With so many teams coming together at the largest national competition for dance, it's always fun to see the wide range of costume styles! Here were a few of our favorite dance costume trends from the competition! While we can't take credit for creating many of these costumes, we were lucky enough to work with quite a few teams!!
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!!
Character costumes - perhaps some of the most fun costumes out there - can be used for so many different types of routines: tap, high kick, jazz, hip hop, synchronized skating, you name it! If you're getting ready to pick your team's theme, take a look at this list of our top 10 favorite trends for theme dance costumes and skating dresses!!!
When it comes to dance costumes for team Hip hop routines, the style is easily many dancers' favorite, perhaps because hip hop costumes are mostly street style! Edgy and accessible, it's easy to pull off-the-rack styles for your performance. Looking for a little inspiration for your upcoming hip hop performance? Here are some hip hop dance costume looks we've seen trending, plus a few bonus dance videos of these looks in action!
Last week we took a look at the top dance costume trends for Jazz, and this week we'll continue the list with Lyrical and Contemporary! Here are the design trends we predict will be shaping dance team performances for the 2017 season!
It's an exciting time as college and high school dance teams are coming back from camp, schools and studios are back in session, and routines are conceptualized! Looking for a little inspiration as you plan for your next season? We pulled together some of the favorite jazz dance costume trends for 2017 - check 'em out!
Styles Cat Skate, Butterfly Skate, and Amberlin
The 2016-2017 Synchronized skating season is starting to heat up, and odds you are planning for your team's theme, choreography, and (our favorite part) skate dresses! We took a look at this season's skate fashions to find style inspiration, and pulled together 6 of our favorite trends for skating dresses.
It's that exciting time of year - planning for the 2016-2017 dance season! It's a little crazy to see 2017 on the page, but the season is upon us! While you are busy finding your theme and concept this summer, we rounded up some the best high kick dance costume trends we've seen. Here's a peek at a few stunning ideas to spark your imagination as you design your next custom dance costume!
A Sparkling Jersey Trend: Tami Gaga, Sparkle Jersey, 420 Tank Gaga
The look of the game day cheer uniform is changing. Already the classic cheer braid look - which will always hold a strong torch - is starting to look a little faded next to the glitz and glam of innovative all star looks. So what does this mean for the 2016-2017 season and your game day looks? Check out our 10 favorite trends for the modern cheer uniforms, that create the perfect mix of classic and innovation!
Shown above: Slouchy Tank 6, Pathway Jacket with Vinyl Lettering, 420-236 Bra with City Track Warm Up Pant with Vinyl, Infinity Scarf with Lettering, and the Arena top.
When it comes to the hard work and dedication found in the dance and synchronized skating world, we know that you spend the majority of your time training and practicing for only a few brief and exciting moments of performance. So why not spend that time practicing in style? Look great, feel great, and you'll perform great!
With this mantra in mind, we got to work designing some fabulous new team apparel, perfect for sporting your team pride at practice, camps, and team events throughout the season. It's practice wear that's meant to move with you, withstand numerous washings, yet still be flattering and fashionable.
In honor of our new team apparel catalog (just out today!) we're pulling together some of our favorite team apparel trends for the 2016-2017 season. Check 'em out:
What is so incredibly unique about jazz is that is can take on so many different forms: from contemporary and fluid choreography, to bold and edgy movements. One of our favorite dancwear trends for the season? When jazz takes on a fierce edge!
Who doesn't love a good theme?! From retro-themed numbers to military-esque routines, let your imagination run wild!
Many of these costumes are inspired by classic designs, adding a new twist to a throwback look: Fresh, new designs based on traditional themes like princesses and the production of Grease. And, much to our delight, what about a look back to the retro 1980's aerobics craze - which is close to our hearts because that's how The Line Up got its start 25 years ago. Yep, it all began with leos and leggings. We had a lot of fun working with those patterns and designs!
And now, without further ado, here are a few of our favorite hot themes of the season!