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 :
Team: Hazen Drill Team
Coach: Lindsay Starr
Location: Renton, WA
Style: High School Dance Team - Military
You probably have a stretching routine that you’ve been doing for months or even years. Usually the routine starts standing, folding over your legs for a hamstring stretch, spending some time in a runners lunge, and of course a straddle stretch that slides right into the splits.
From studios to dance teams, stretching usually looks the same, but it’s important to follow healthy stretching guidelines to prevent injury and decreasing your strength.
So, how should a dancer stretch correctly? By avoiding these three things, below!
The 2018 Washington State Dance/Drill Championship was held on March 23-24 and we are LOVING all the photos from the event! So many creative dance costume designs came to life on the floor: from Skyline Dance Team's Bruno Mars inspired pom uniform, to Hazen Drill Team's sleek Snake costume for military, these teams know how to design gorgeous and innovative costumes!
Check out a few of the Washington teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook, below!
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Team: Franklin High School Poms
Director/Head Coach: Sarah Ward
Location: Franklin, WI
Style: High School Dance Team: Pom and Jazz
We witnessed firsthand all the time and dedication local dance teams put into their sport - and plenty of gorgeous custom dance costumes, too! From South St Paul's bright and feminine leotard, to Simley's unique The Price is Right themed transition costume - MN teams brought it all to competition!
Check out a few of the dance teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook:
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!
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Check out a few of the WI teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook this year:
North Dakota high school dance teams brought their season to an exciting culmination at the 2018 NDADD State Dance Competition last month, competing in Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, and High Kick!
We love how certain dance communities have created their own costume trends, and North Dakota is no exception! If it's a unitard, or velvet, we know it's probably a North Dakota team! These ladies know how to rock these unique looks.
Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook at the state competition, below.
Congrats on another amazing season, ladies!
The Iowa State Dance and Drill Association Championship is one of the largest dance competitions in the Nation, combining both solos, high school, and college dance teams from multiple categories for a full weekend of dance! This year's competition was held earlier this month on Noveber 30th - December 1st. For a full list of the results and categories visit their website!
ISDTA has been holding their championships since 1976, and we are so glad to have outfitted a few of the teams attending this year's competition with their #LineUpLook! Check out some photos from the talented Tim McConnell below, and view even more at Tim McConnell Photography.
Team: Purdue Golduster Dance Team
Captain: Katie Rehling
Location: Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Style: Collegiate Dance Team
Photo via Lifetime, Ladybirds wearing the 202-Mesh Top
The Louisville Ladybirds' Dance Costumes, as Seen on Lifetime's "So Sharp"
Have you been as obsessed with watching Lifetime's "So Sharp" as we have at The Line Up? It's not every day one of our clients stars in a Lifetime reality show, and the excitement is contagious! Every week we've been streaming the show in the conference room over lunch to see the stunning routines, the teamwork, the drama, and of course, whatever Coach Todd Sharp will say next!
Our account manager, Lindsey Stone, has been working with Todd and the Louisville Ladybirds Dance Team for over 5 years now, and we've loved helping outfit the 14 time National Title winners with a variety of pieces - branded apparel for gameday as well as custom costumes for NDA Nationals!
Here's a peek inside the team's wardrobe and the inspiration behind some of the Louisville Ladybirds' dance costumes below!
Team: North Carolina A & T State University's Aggie Heartthrobs
Coach: Aaliyah Escalera
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Team: Bedford Stuyvesant's Scholars
Coach: Ms. Patrick
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Team: South Metro Dance Academy
Location: Lakeville, Minnesota
Style: Dance Studio
The Louisville Ladybirds this past fall on gameday in the 202-7 Mesh Sublimated Top.
Louisville Ladybird Dance Team- National Champs!
It's hard to deny the Louisville Ladybird Dance Team's presence. The team has won 9 out of the last 10 national titles at the NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship, and has 14 national titles overall. Walking into competition, their reputation precedes them!
Their team dynamic is unique because they have quite a large team, are co-ed, and have a very strong work ethic. "They don't stop until they have mastered their choreography and skills. They don't settle or rest for good enough, they are always pushing to be better," said TRIBE 99. So it's no surprise this hard work pays off at competition.
Led by Cheryl Knight and Todd Sharp, the team performs at football games in addition to competing in the Dance Team Performance and Hip Hop 1A division this past spring at NDA. You can also catch Todd Sharp and the team on their new show "So Sharp," premiering July 26 on Lifetime! Here's a peek at the team's performance and dance costumes this past season!
Team: Totino Grace E'gals
Director/Head Coach: Kristen Gagnon
Location: Totino Grace Highschool, Fridley, MN
Style: Jazz & High Kick High School Dance Teams
Team: Roseville High School Varsity Dance Team
Coach: Brittany Rehling
Location: Roseville, Minnesota
Dance Style: High School Dance Team - Varsity Jazz
Mollie Sylvestre: Choreographer & Teacher at Dance Arts Centre and Co-Founder of Matrixx Pro
Wondering about dance careers after high school? The options abound, but for many the first things that come to mind include auditioning for a college dance team, majoring in dance in college, or making the bold move to become a professional dancer.
But there are other, sometimes less conventional, options as well! This week we're sharing stories from nine passionate dancers that found ways to keep dancing after high school. Check out their inspirational stories!
A few trends we spotted? Plenty of sequin lace, jewel tones, and romantic looks still rule for jazz costumes.
For kick, leggings are still the favorite to emphasize lines! But we loved spotting a few costumes that pushed genres like St Charles' football kick routine with a hip hop edge, and Chaska's Odyssey themed high kick costume with a jazz feel.
Here are a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook:
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:
Team: Ohio State University Dance Team
Coach: Melissa McGhee
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Choreographer: Ricky Ruiz
Consultant: TRIBE 99
Style: Collegiate Dance Team
Team: St. Cloud State University Dance Team
Coaches: Morgan Hanenberger and Megen Rosvold
Location: St. Cloud, Minnesota
Style: Collegiate Dance Team
Team: Sheboygan North High Dance Team
Coaches: Kayla Pittner & Betsy Klauck
Location: Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Style: High School Dance Team
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!