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Team Spotlight: Trine University's Day of the Dead Synchro Dress

Posted by Abby on Nov 2, 2018

Trine University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team

Team: Trine University Varsity Synchronized Skating Team
Head Coach: Rachel Franchock
Location: Angola, Indiana
Style: Synchronized Skating 
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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating

Team Spotlight: Esprit de Corps Makes Magic at the National Synchronized Skating Championships

Posted by Tom on Aug 31, 2018

Esprit de Corps Adult

Team: Esprit de Corps
Coaches: Deirdre Driscoll, Dede Wilson, and Erika Hoffman
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts
Style: Synchronized Skating

 

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating

Team Spotlight: A "Strong Women" Theme for Hockettes Junior Synchronized Skating Team

Posted by Meagan on May 22, 2018

Hockettes Junior Free Skate Body suit

Team: Ann Arbor Hockettes
Director/Head Coach: Erin Donovan
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Style: Synchronized Skating Team - Junior 

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating

Team Spotlight: DC EDGE's First Junior Synchronized Skating Team

Posted by Meagan on Apr 18, 2018

DC Edge Junior Synchronized Skating Teams Custom Skate Dresses

Team: DC EDGE Junior Team
Coaches: Christine Burke, Jenny DeSimone Bacon, Libby Rhoads
Location: Bethesda, MD
Style: Synchronized Skating


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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating

Team Spotlight: Team Delaware Junior's Avatar Themed Skating Dresses

Posted by Meagan on Apr 16, 2018

 team delaware's cusom themed synchronized skating dresses

Team: Team Delaware - Junior 
Coach: Megan O'Donnell
Location: Newark, Delaware
Style: Synchronized Skating Team

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating

Competition Recap: 2018 Synchronized Skating National Championships

Posted by Meagan on Mar 15, 2018

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The US synchronized skating season has come to an end at the 2018 Synchronized Skating Championships, held in Portland, Oregon at the end of February. Congrats to all the teams who qualified and competed at the event - such an amazing feat!  

Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook below, and a fun highlight video from the U.S Figure Skating Organization! 

 Special shout out to KrPhotogs Photography LLC for these awesome pics! 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Team Spotlight: Onyx Synchronized Skating Team's Boldly Themed Dresses

Posted by Meagan on Feb 27, 2018

onyx synchronized skating team custom jaws themed skate dresses

Team: ONYX Synchro
Director/Head Coach: Heather Blasko
Location: Rochester, MI
Style: Synchronized Skate Team

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Character & Theme, Synchronized skating

Competition Recap: 2018 Midwestern & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships  

Posted by Meagan on Feb 14, 2018

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This past January, synchronized skating teams across all levels competed at the Midwestern and Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships held in Wichita, Kansas! Of course our favorite part about the event is cataloging all of the skating dress trends!  This year we saw a lot of deep-v necklines, plenty of ombres, and the ever-trending vibrant colors that pop on the ice.

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

 Special shout out to KrPhotogs Photography LLC for these awesome pics! 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Competition Recap: 2018 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships 

Posted by Meagan on Jan 30, 2018

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Many synchronized skating teams across all levels competed at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectionals in Fort Meyers, Florida, this month!  From a whimsical La La Land  theme, to an exotic Avatar theme - we had so much fun seeing all of the fabulous synchronized skating dresses from the event!

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


 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

6 Dynamic Synchronized Skating Skirts That Will Enhance Your Choreography

Posted by Trista on Aug 18, 2017

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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! 

 

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Topics: Costume Trends, Synchronized skating

4 Stunning Synchronized Skating Dress Trends That Are Here to Stay

Posted by Trista on Jul 13, 2017

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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!

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Costume Trends

Team Spotlight: Onyx Synchronized Skating

Posted by Meagan on Jul 7, 2017

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Team: ONYX Synchro

Director/Head Coach: Heather Blasko

Location: Rochester, MI

Style: Synchronized Skate Team

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Character & Theme, Synchronized skating

Team Spotlight: Starcatchers Synchronized Skating Team

Posted by Meagan on Jul 6, 2017

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Team: Starcatchers

Director/Head Coach: Lauren Magliola 

Location: Shelton, CT

Style: Synchronized Skating

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating, Character & Theme

Team Spotlight: St. Louis Synergy's "World Unity" Themed Synchro Dress

Posted by Meagan on Jun 8, 2017

 St Louis Synergy Intermediate Team 2017

Team: St. Louis Synergy

Director/Head Coach: Charity Hendrickson

Location: St.Louis, MO

Style: Intermediate Synchronized Skating 

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Topics: Team Spotlight, Synchronized skating

The 3 Best Synchronized Skating Dress Trends from World Synchro 2017

Posted by Trista on Apr 13, 2017

Cool Dreams Senior Rock and Roll Dress 

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!

 

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Topics: Competition & Event Recaps, Synchronized skating, Costume Trends

Competition Recap: 2017 Synchronized Skating National Championships

Posted by Trista on Mar 1, 2017

 University of michigan collegiate flame dress

University of Michigan Synchronized Skating team took the Collegiate National title!

The synchronized skating season came to an exciting conclusion this past weekend with the 2017 US Synchronized Skating Nationals in Rockford, Illinois!  Teams competed for the national titles and a chance to go to Worlds!  What's next?  The Haydenettes and Crystalettes will be headed to ISU's Synchro Worlds in Colorado Springs this April, representing Team USA!  Congratulations, ladies!

Check out these fun highlight reels from US Figure Skating, plus a few customer photos from around the web!

 

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Topics: Competition & Event Recaps, Synchronized skating

Competition Recap: 2017 Midwest & Pacific Coast Synchronized Skating Championships

Posted by Trista on Feb 16, 2017

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It was a whirlwind weekend two weeks ago for Synchronized Skating Teams!  Skaters competed at the Midwestern,  Pacific Coast, and Eastern Synchronized Skating Championships in hopes for a competition spot at Nationals!  

These events are some of our favorites for watching synchronized skating dress trends!  From thematic to traditional, skate teams always know how to put a feminine twist on any costume!  

Check out a few of the teams we were proud to have outfitted with their #LineUpLook at the Mid and Pacific Coast Championships!

Special shout out to KrPhotogs Photography LLC for these amazing pics! 

 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Competition & Event Recaps

Looks We Love: 30 Dark & Edgy Costumes Perfect for Halloween

Posted by Trista on Oct 26, 2016

Frazee Victorian Gothic dance costume by The Line Up

The makeup and hair completely transformed this Victorian Gothic themed high kick costume from Frazee High School! 

30 Dance Costumes & Skate Dresses Perfect for Halloween 

It's hard not to get in the Halloween spirit when you work at a custom costume company!  And if you're anything like us, your closet is probably stuffed full of old dance or skating costumes just begging to see some light.  Which makes dressing up for Halloween super easy and fun.  Sometimes all it takes is a wig and a little makeup to transform a look!

In honor of Halloween, here are 30 dance costumes and skate dresses with a dark theme that could easily be repurposed as festive Halloween looks! From girly to creepy, there's bound to be something here to get your Halloween costume ideas going!

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Topics: Looks We Love: Costume Round-ups, Dance, Synchronized skating, Character & Theme

Top 10 Character & Theme Dance Costume Trends

Posted by Trista on Oct 10, 2016

 Theme dance costume - animal print unitard

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!!!

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Topics: Costume Trends, Dance, Synchronized skating, Character & Theme

Dance Costumes on a Budget: How Color & Fabric Can Transform Any Look!

Posted by Stephanie on Sep 24, 2016

Vista Mesh Tee dance costume

We know that costume planning can be overwhelming! You want to find the perfect look for your team while still staying within budget. Sometimes staying within budget means you have to sacrifice finding a look that’s unique for your team, right? Wrong! Don’t sacrifice your style! Instead, find ways you can create your own look with existing styles by simply changing the fabric color!


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Topics: Color Inspiration, Costume Design Resources, Budget Tips, Dance, Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Synchronized skating

6 Tips for Making Dance Costume Reorders A Breeze

Posted by Katie on Sep 23, 2016

Western Michigan University Dance Team in custom uniforms

Western Michigan Dancers reordered their 2015 gameday top (left) in 2016 (right).  Photo credit: WMU Dance Team.

A new season means new team members - Yeah!!  What are they going to wear? If you're like many teams on a budget, you're likely going to re-use last year's dance costumes, but will need to order a few more. Maybe you need a few more of a popular size. Or you just accepted more members than the year before. Either way, a good costume company will be able to help accommodate your dance costume re-order needs!

Here are 6 tips on planning for your next uniform reorder:

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Topics: Coaching Tips, Planning Tips, Dance, Cheer, Pom & Gameday, Synchronized skating

Your Complete Guide to the USFSA Synchronized Skating Costume Guidelines

Posted by Trista on Jul 13, 2016

Synchronized skate dresses with rhinestones

Hockettes Junior (left)  and Team Delaware Junior (right) teams went all out on rhinestones for their custom skate dresses - something only Junior, Senior, and Collegiate teams can do!

Last November 2015, the USFSA updated the official Synchronized Skating costume guidelines.  If you’ve taken a look at the guidelines, you know that they tend to be vague.  For good reason too - it allows for artistic interpretations by teams based on their region and performance choices.   Here's guiding principle:

"The costumes of the competitors must be modest, dignified and appropriate for athletic competition, not garish or theatrical in design. Costumes may, however, reflect character of the music chosen."
We know with this vague statement, other guiding rules can get a bit confusing, especially since Junior, Senior, and Collegiate levels are excluded from many. So as you start to design for your next synchronized skating dress, here's a look at a few different costume elements, and what the guidelines dictate about each!  

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Coaching Tips, Competition Resources

Top 6 Trends for Synchronized Skating Dresses

Posted by Trista on Jul 12, 2016

  Sublimated synchronized skating dresses by The Line Up

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. 

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Costume Trends

Team Spotlight: Miami University Collegiate Team Skates its way to the Nation’s top!

Posted by thelineup on May 3, 2016
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Miami University of Ohio’s Synchronized Skating Team is an entity unlike any of it's fellow collegiate programs. This program is made up of three unique teams which cover all altitudes of skating abilities at post-secondary level: Junior, Collegiate, and Senior. The University is able to recruit skaters from across the country for it's many teams, creating a one-of-a-kind program for skating.

Head Coach Carla DeGirolamo talked to us about their top-leveled Senior Team who recently went to the 2016 ISU Worlds Figure Skating Championships for the second year in a row. Only two teams from the United States are able to go each year, proving this Miami University to be a power-house for our National Synchronized Skating programs! Coach Carla's biggest challenge? Getting this team ready for their competition season in a very short period of time. With this team being able to compete at the national and international level, it is clear that her and her athletes rose to the challenge and made their season a successful one!

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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Spotlight

The New Alternative to The Skate Practice Dress

Posted by Trista on Apr 14, 2016

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When it comes to synchronized skating practice wear it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Black skate dress, black jacket, embroidered logo. Looking for something new to shake things up? How about trying mix and match pieces instead!?

Use three items – a stand-alone leotard, a detachable skirt, leggings - to create 2 very different looks:

  • Look #1: A detachable skirt over a leotard has the grace and elegance of a classic skating practice dress look.
  • Look #2: Leggings over a leotard gives a more streamlined look, emphasizing legwork.
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Topics: Synchronized skating, Team Apparel & Warm-ups

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