Preparing for recital can be stressful. From choosing music to choreographing the dances themselves, there are a thousand details to consider. After all that hard work, you want to be sure your students are costumed well in clothing that fits.
Dance Informa spoke with Patricia Sutera, director of merchandising and design for Costume Gallery, to find out what you need to know in order to size your students correctly.
This past October Costume Gallery supported Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Here at Costume Gallery we support the cause year round with our Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt. We are excited to introduce you to the designer behind the 2017 design and share her story of how breast cancer lead to her desire to enter the contest.
The Costume Gallery family believes that together we can help make a difference and each year introduce a new Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirt based off submissions to our annual Dancing Towards A Cure T-shirt design contest. Proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts go towards breast cancer research and to provide financial assistance for those impacted by cancer. Details to enter the contest will be released mid-January 2017 on our social media pages and website.
Come every autumn, the organization United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA) produces a series of Dance Resource and Costume Shows for dance teachers and studio owners. The 2016 UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Shows will take place in towns near Boston, Atlanta, New York City and Chicago in October.
Meet the dancers behind Costume Gallery’s passionate team
Costume Gallery, a leading provider for high-quality dance costumes and accessories, has time and time again proven itself to be a company of innovation and exceptional style. One of the reasons so many dance studio owners, teachers and coaches prefer the company is its knowledge and understanding of the dance world. To its credit, many of the Costume Gallery staff are former (or current) dancers themselves!
Here we catch up with six members of Costume Gallery’s passionate team to learn all about their dance backgrounds and how they put their expertise to work in their individual positions.
As fall and the new school year approaches, it’s time to start fresh and come back to the studio feeling rejuvenated and inspired. It’s a great time to set goals for the new year, brainstorm ideas for the upcoming season and find creative ways to keep your students engaged and loving dance! Here are some back-to-dance tips for studio owners and dance teachers.
How Color Affects Choreographers
When you see the color red, what do you think of? Love? Passion? Maybe rage? How about the color blue – how does it make you feel? Or green? White? Colors can inspire emotions and conjure up a certain mood. The combination of color and a visual medium like dance, then, can be a fabulous tool to aid in a choreographer’s message or intent. Choreographers can use color in multiple ways – as a jumping off point of inspiration, for creative lighting to convey a certain feel to the audience, and for costuming for the final touch of their creative expression.
2016’s National Dance Week has officially begun and this year’s focus will be on giving children a “Chance to Dance”. As explained on the National Dance Week website -Children with special needs and learning differences are often excluded from traditional dance and arts programs. It’s our collective mission to provide the education and tools necessary for teachers, students, and parents to effectively facilitate inclusion, giving all the “Chance to Dance!”
What Music Not to Use for Your Competition Routine
One of the first elements that must come together when creating a winning dance competition routine is music. It’s an important factor, too – it could help inspire the choreography; as dancers and teachers, you will have it memorized forward and backward; and it will be what the judges hear when watching (and scoring) the routine. That said, there are some things to keep in mind when choosing music, and some things you’ll want to avoid. Here, with the help of a leading judge, we will guide you in what to consider, and what not to use, when selecting music.
How NOT to get overwhelmed with costume choices this season
With many costume companies and literally thousands of costumes to choose from, it is easy to become overwhelmed with the task of ordering costumes each season.
Every teacher gives you their ideas and each parent wants a specific color or look for their child - there are so many ways to go insane when costume season rolls around!
Christina Wiginton, co-owner of CK DanceWorks in Dallas, Georgia has ordered more costumes than you can imagine in her 11 years of owning a studio, and she shares your pain!
“Picking out costumes can sometimes be a very daunting task,” she says. “We have a relatively large studio, about 650 kids with 15 staff members. That amounts to a lot of different costumes and a lot of different people you want to make happy; teachers, parents and dancers!”
Here are a few tips for studio owners and teachers to help you keep your cool and make costume choices with clarity.