Archive for 2010

The Fun Times of Red and Pink Hatters

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The Red Hat Society is world-renown. A lot of people have heard of the popular Red Hat Society, but not everyone knows what members do. We aim to answer those questions in this article.

The RHS’s main purpose is to provide a helpful network for each other. It is their hope that this social interaction will encourage women to maintain friendships and have fulfillment in their lives. Members strive to journey through life with fun and freedom.

The Red Hat Society often gets mistaken for a sorority. The RHS is actually not a sorority, because it does not include initiations. The society is not considered a voluntary service club either, but rather an organization for women.

Red Hat Society

Red Hat Society


Members refer to each other as “Red Hatters”. Members over the age of 50 wear red hats and purple attired to all functions. The leader of these local chapters, or groups, is known as the “Queen”.

Women who are under the age of 50 are also invited to join the organization. A “Pink Hatter” is a woman who hasn’t reached the age of fifty yet, and she must wear a pink hat and lavender outfits. After she turns 50, she has a “Reduation” and graduates to the red hat with the rest of the RHS members.

Red Hat members get together regularly. Both Red and Pink Hatters enjoy wearing very eloquent and fun hats and fashion accessories to every event. One of the more popular accessories are the feather boa and pearls.

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The Beginning Of The Red Hat Society

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The history of the of the Red Hat Society began in the sunny city of Tucson, Arizona. A woman by the name of Sue Ellen meandered along a thrift shop looking for things she might like to buy. She decided on buying a bright red fedora hat that struck her fancy.

That bright red fedora has now become the symbol of the Red Hat Society. A few years after buying the hat she happened upon a poem “Warning”, written by the author Jenny Joseph. In the poem, a woman explains how she would like to act when she is older.

Poodle Skirt red hat society

Poodle Skirt red hat society

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, and satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.” At the end of the poem she explains that she knows she presently needs to continue to be a good example to those around her. However, she also believes she ought to practice living the way she would like to now a little, so people won’t be too shocked when she suddenly is an older woman and she wears purple.

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Different Hairstyles for Dance Recitals

Monday, January 4th, 2010

With dancing, there usually is a hairdo that fits that type of dance. For example, if you were doing country and western the hairstyle would be a little different then if you were doing ballet or Latin dancing. It is important to duplicate the type of hairdo to fit your dancing number.

Hairdos need to connect with the type of dancing you will be doing. The most important factor is to be comfortable while you dance. The more complicated the dance step and style is, the most controlled your hairstyle will probably need to be.

When you are competing your hairstyle is even more relevant. You want the judges to watch your dancing, not your hair. Have your hairstyle match the type of dance style you are doing. Here are a few suggestions.

dance-recital-ballrooom-hairstyleBallroom: Whether you are doing the foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, or waltz you will want a sophisticate style. Have a smooth hairstyle with your hair pulled back. Best hairdos for this dancing style are French twists, knots, and chignons. Make sure you secure all do’s properly so there is no chance they come undone and distract from the performance.dance-recitals-swing-hairstyle

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Pros and Cons of Letting Your Boy Join Dance

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Dance normally is viewed as a feminine sport. A boy that is in dance will more than likely be made fun of by his peers at some point for being a dancer. Whether it is right or not, that is a fact of life.

If your son does want to dance there are many benefits. For one, dance allows an opportunity for a boy to express himself in a safe way. Dance is an expression of one’s self, and can be a constructive outlet.

Dancing can also be a great way for boys to get to know girls. There is a social trend for boys to not want to play with girls, and dancing allows this social behavior to be non-existent. Boys will have to interact with girls, and can continue to have a good relationship with them as they dance.

As the boy gets older, the more confident he will become. Girls who love to dance will really appreciate a boy who will get out on the dance floor and dance with them. If a guy knows how to dance he can most likely get any girl out there on the dance floor.

Dance is an expression of movement with the body. If a boy learns how to dance it is going to teach him how to control his body. Some dance instructors feel that this is an advantage that most boys don’t get, since they will have to be aware of their body, their thoughts, and multi-task when it does not naturally come to them.

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Best Youtube Dance Videos

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Dancing is a wonderful way a person can express themselves. You don’t have to dance in a formal setting to see the beauty and fun that dancing can do. Here are a few of our favorite dance videos on youtube. Enjoy.

JK  Wedding Dance Entrance – This video has been circulated very quickly. It was even show cased on Jim and Pam’s heavily anticipated wedding on the series The Office. What a fun way to liven up a wedding.

Baby Beyonce – This video was submitted to ABC’s Funniest Home videos years ago, but still stands out as being one of the cutest dance videos out there. It is fun to watch the cute dance moves this little toddler has. It may be even more fun to watch how excited the dad is to show his cutie off too.

Insane Break Dancer – This guy can really move. Dancing comes in a variety of styles, and this is definitely a style of its own. I don’t know if you can get any more flexible then this.

Dance bloopers Compilation – Dancing can come with some mishaps. This video was a compilation of videos submitted to America’s Funniest Home Videos. You may find yourself cringing a bit for a few of these.

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Preparation You Can Do On The Day Of The Recital

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The day of a recital is a special day for a dancer. Nerves can run high and it can be easy to forget things. Here is a checklist of common sense things you can do on the day of the recital to help your daughter out on her big day.

Be sure your daughter uses the bathroom before the performance. She may have to wait behind stage for a while and there will be no time for them to use the restroom there. Make sure she has a comfortable performance by using the restroom first.

Lay out her costume for her. She doesn’t have to wear the costume to the recital location, but laying it out will make sure that you won’t forget it. Some teachers prefer them to wear their costume to the recital, while others don’t. Be aware of some of the most common costume mistakes, that we posted about earlier.

Do a last practice session with your daughter. Have her do a quick run through to help her remember her steps. This can help with stage fright, as she can feel a little more confident knowing she has the steps down.

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Ideas on Where to Host a Dance Recital

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Are you hosting a dance recital? Do you need some location ideas? Here is a quick list of common places for dance performances.

1. Theatre- A lot of dance recitals are performed in a theatre. This is the ideal place for a recital. They are specifically made for performance pieces and are the dream location for any dance teacher.

2. School Auditorium- School Auditoriums are a popular choice. They allow a lot of room for dancers to move around so you have little fear of dancers bumping in to each other. There is also plenty of space and seating for a large audience to watch.

3. Gymnasium- A gymnasium does not necessarily have to be part of a school. Again, a perk with doing a performance in a gymnasium is that you won’t have to worry about students being too cramped. You also have one level to perform on, so you don’t have to worry about dancers accidentally moving too far forward and falling off of a stage.

4. School’s dance studio- Some schools decide to use their own dance studio. The students and parents all know where it is, so there is no fear that they will get lost on their way to the performance. It can also be a good choice because the students are used to practicing there and may feel a little more at ease.

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Help Your Child Memorize Their Dance Routine

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Learning dance routines can be rough. This can be especially true for students that have many dance pieces that

You don't have to be a pro to help your child learn and memorize their dance steps

You don't have to be a pro to help your child learn and memorize their dance steps

they need to learn. Some parents may need to have a strategy to help them remember their parts.

One tip is to have your child break down their dances in to smaller parts. This way they only have to remember a section at a time. With time they can put them in order and get a better handle on performing the entire piece.

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Dance Recital Makeup

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Performance makeup for dancers is very important. Makeup is just as important as a dancer’s costume and choreography are. Make-up, if done properly, can really help your child stand out when performing.

Dance recital makeup is an essential part of the performance

Dance recital makeup is an essential part of the performance

Makeup is essential for a dancer to show up while dancing on stage. The bright stage lights make it almost impossible for performers faces to be seen if they don’t have make-up on. With out makeup the audience won’t be able to see the performer’s faces clearly.

Stage makeup is different than it would be regular applied. The main idea with recital makeup is to make the face really show up from a far away distance. However, you don’t want to over do it so that the makeup ends up being a distraction.

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