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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!!!

 1. Retro

Waistlines have been rising consistently in the past couple of years, so it’s no surprise that the Retro look has gained popularity!  A vintage inspired pin-up girl is always a feminine and flattering look. Incorporate polka dot prints, high waist briefs or full circle skirts, and a perfectly coordinating hair scarf for a retro feel! 

Retro bathing beauties theme dance costumes

Bathing Beauty styles: 450-172 top, 419-140 top, and Pin Up Girl

2. Tribal

Tribal is our favorite take on theme costumes this season! The trend can range from natural earth tones to brightly colored and sparkly. Bold patterns are key to this look. Feathers and fringe add emphasis to movements for a thematic flair! 

tribal theme dance costumes

Tribal themed styles: Imari, and 411-33 Spangle Top with Detachable Imari Skirt

tribal theme high kick dance costume by Watertown Blue Revue

 Watertown Blue Revue had a bright and colorful tribal themed high kick costume in 2016 

Looking for more costume inspiration?  Check out this trends guide: Top 10 High Kick Dance Costume Trends for 2016-2017 >>


3. Military

The military look is a strong trend, especially within High Kick dance costumes this year.  Structure, crisp formations, and strong movements - all essential to high kick routines - makes a military themed costume the perfect compliment! For a look better suited for studios, consider pairing a brief with a vest or crop top.

Military theme dance costumes

Styles Warrior Vest and Jet Set

military theme synchronized skating dress by Team Paradice

Team Paradice in a military theme custom skate dress 


4. Edgy & Futuristic

Fashion meets technology with this edgy look, which we've seen a lot of in jazz routines. Angular shapes, streamlined structure, and chic metallic fabrics evoke ideas of robotics, space age, and your favorite sci-fi movies!  

Futuristic dance costumes

Styles Major, Android Crop, and Captain Sleeveless

beyonce theme futuristic skate dress by Teams Elite    futuristic dance costume by Maimi Univeristy of Ohio

 Left: Teams Elite Juvenile, with a Beyonce themed routine (can you spot the ring?!)
Right: Miami Univeristy Dance Team in a custom costume 

For more costume inspiration: Top 8 Jazz Dance Costume Trends >> 


5. Suit & Tie 

The suit and tie look is a classic theme costume that perhaps will never go away!  For an updated take, try a leotard with collar, or add a short peplum skirt!  Career girl or Broadway, it's a versatile look!  

suite and tie theme dance costume

Styles Career Girl and Newsie Leotard
broadway suit and tie theme dance costume by Lakeville North Dance Team
 Lakeville North Dance Team in a custom suit and tie high kick leotard


6. Mesh Animal Print

This is one of our favorite ideas to come out of last season, we still can't get enough of it!  Printed mesh adds a sheer second skin, giving a fun update to an animal print dance costume.  

Mesh animal print dance costume and skate dress

Styles Catsuit and Cat Skate

Animal print jazz dance costume by Spring Lake Park

Spring Lake Park Dance Team had a custom jazz costume with a snake print mesh bodice  


7. Sporty

The jersey look has been trending HARD in many areas of dance: team apparel, hip hop, and gameday.  So it's no surprise it's making it's way into theme costumes as well!  Our favorite look is a Beyonce inspired sequin leotard, reminiscent of basketball jerseys.  

Sporty Dance Costumes

 Left to right: Some referee theme dance costumes 450-38 BD, 450-48A, and 450-38J; Jersey Leo


8. Peter Pan

Inspired by recent Pan movies and the hit ballad Lost Boy by Ruth B, the requests for Peter Pan themed dance costumes and synchronized skating dresses have been numerous this season!  Update the Peter Pan look with trending soft tones like olive, moss, and copper. 

Peter pan theme dance costumes
 Styles Sprite (left) and Neverland (right)

9. Beetlejuice

For a sassy dark look, Beetlejuice themed costumes have been popping up a lot lately (perhaps in a response to rumors of a sequel to Tim Burton's classic film noir?)  All you need is a little black and white stripe to pull this look off, though we did see University of Michigan Collegiate take a much more classic and feminine approach at 2016 Synchronized Skating Nationals, below!

beetljuice theme dance costume

Style Beetlejuice

beetlejuice theme skate dress by Univeristy of Michigan   beetlejuice theme skate dress by Univeristy of Michigan

University of Michigan Collegiate in a custom Beetlejuice themed skate dress

Looking for more inspiration?  Check out this trends guide: Top 6 Trends for Synchronized Skating Dresses >>


10. Fairy Tale & Princess

For the younger groups, a fairy tale theme is something that will always be trending! Whether it’s a Disney princess dress or Peter Pan style – there’s always a way to reinvent a classic tale with a fresh look.

princess dance costumes and skating dresses

A medley of princess themed custom costumes for dance and synchronized skating!


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

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