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February 18, 2016


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.


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January 15, 2016

10 Professional Dancers You Didn’t Know Became Fashion Designers

As every dancer knows, it’s all in the details. From the way you hold your head, to the way you point (or don’t point) your toes, each movement and muscle choice is intentional. Your training has been centered on small stylistic elements for years.

So who better to transition into the fashion world, an environment driven by the details, than a professional dancer?

Dance studio owners, teachers and directors know all too well what goes into creating and executing a showstopping recital or performance, which is much like a runway show when the designer puts his or her work on stage for all to enjoy. Whether directing dance shows, or performing in them, dancers know what makes an audience pay attention.

Likewise, both fashion and dance involve an artistic vision and an urge to create and express. So is it really surprising that many dancers also become fashion designers? Once an artist, always an artist.

For these dancers, their artistic nature led them to begin creating clothes and costumes. While they once expressed themselves through pirouettes and leaps, they each express their own creativity now through fabrics, colors, textures and designs.

Today is the final day in our series of professional dancers you did not know became fashion designers!


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January 14, 2016

10 Professional Dancers You Didn’t Know Became Fashion Designers

As every dancer knows, it’s all in the details. From the way you hold your head, to the way you point (or don’t point) your toes, each movement and muscle choice is intentional. Your training has been centered on small stylistic elements for years.

So who better to transition into the fashion world, an environment driven by the details, than a professional dancer?

Dance studio owners, teachers and directors know all too well what goes into creating and executing a showstopping recital or performance, which is much like a runway show when the designer puts his or her work on stage for all to enjoy. Whether directing dance shows, or performing in them, dancers know what makes an audience pay attention.

Likewise, both fashion and dance involve an artistic vision and an urge to create and express. So is it really surprising that many dancers also become fashion designers? Once an artist, always an artist.

Tune in tomorrow to learn more about the final two dancers in our series.


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January 13, 2016

10 Professional Dancers You Didn’t Know Became Fashion Designers

As every dancer knows, it’s all in the details. From the way you hold your head, to the way you point (or don’t point) your toes, each movement and muscle choice is intentional. Your training has been centered on small stylistic elements for years.

So who better to transition into the fashion world, an environment driven by the details, than a professional dancer?

Dance studio owners, teachers and directors know all too well what goes into creating and executing a showstopping recital or performance, which is much like a runway show when the designer puts his or her work on stage for all to enjoy. Whether directing dance shows, or performing in them, dancers know what makes an audience pay attention.

Likewise, both fashion and dance involve an artistic vision and an urge to create and express. So is it really surprising that many dancers also become fashion designers? Once an artist, always an artist.

For these dancers, their artistic nature led them to begin creating clothes and costumes. While they once expressed themselves through pirouettes and leaps, they each express their own creativity now through fabrics, colors, textures and designs.

For all of these dancers-turned-designers, perhaps it is their knowledge of and experience as dancers that has made them so successful in their new career path. After all, who better to trust than a dancer?

Stay tuned everyday this week to learn more about these amazingly talent dancers.


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January 12, 2016

10 Professional Dancers You Didn’t Know Became Fashion Designers

As every dancer knows, it’s all in the details. From the way you hold your head, to the way you point (or don’t point) your toes, each movement and muscle choice is intentional. Your training has been centered on small stylistic elements for years.

So who better to transition into the fashion world, an environment driven by the details, than a professional dancer?

Dance studio owners, teachers and directors know all too well what goes into creating and executing a showstopping recital or performance, which is much like a runway show when the designer puts his or her work on stage for all to enjoy. Whether directing dance shows, or performing in them, dancers know what makes an audience pay attention.

Likewise, both fashion and dance involve an artistic vision and an urge to create and express. So is it really surprising that many dancers also become fashion designers? Once an artist, always an artist.

For these dancers, their artistic nature led them to begin creating clothes and costumes. While they once expressed themselves through pirouettes and leaps, they each express their own creativity now through fabrics, colors, textures and designs.

Stay tuned everyday this week to learn more about these amazing and talented dancers.


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January 11, 2016

10 Professional Dancers You Didn’t Know Became Fashion Designers

As every dancer knows, it’s all in the details. From the way you hold your head, to the way you point (or don’t point) your toes, each movement and muscle choice is intentional. Your training has been centered on small stylistic elements for years.

So who better to transition into the fashion world, an environment driven by the details, than a professional dancer?

Dance studio owners, teachers and directors know all too well what goes into creating and executing a showstopping recital or performance, which is much like a runway show when the designer puts his or her work on stage for all to enjoy. Whether directing dance shows, or performing in them, dancers know what makes an audience pay attention.

Likewise, both fashion and dance involve an artistic vision and an urge to create and express. So is it really surprising that many dancers also become fashion designers? Once an artist, always an artist.

For these dancers, their artistic nature led them to begin creating clothes and costumes. While they once expressed themselves through pirouettes and leaps, they each express their own creativity now through fabrics, colors, textures and designs.

Stay tuned everyday this week to learn about each of these amazingly talented dancers.


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November 30, 2015

For a dance studio to be successful, many things (and people!) have to synchronize and help it flourish. You need students, eager ones at that. You need a strong faculty of all dance disciplines. You need supportive parents and families, and a hard-working staff. You need to give your students opportunities and allow them to shine. And you need an incredibly strong backbone: a devoted studio owner.

Here is the first of a new series that highlights studios and their fearless owners. We start with three competition studios that have had great success this past competition season and will surely have an exciting year ahead.


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