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Costume Makeup Opportunities and Surprises

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

There are many occasions that provide opportunities to dress in costume. Whether it’s Halloween, a play, or simply a fun night out costumes can change your night from dull to enchanting. Almost any costume you wear can include some type of makeup.

Costume makeup really makes your costume come to life. People are constantly looking into your face and if your face plays the part, then so do the rest of you. The time you will need to spend on your costume will depend on what your costume actually is.
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Many costumes portray people as different animals or creatures. The make up that is worn with these costumes should be done to fit the specific creature. There are different techniques that can give the make up the appearance of fur or hair. There is even makeup that can give dimension to your face and other parts of your body.

This dimensional makeup is also used to depict injuries like scars or skin lacerations. It can even change the shape of a nose, cheekbones, or mouth if that is required. It opens the door for so much creativity and accuracy that really adds to the costume and character.

Many times make up is done just to give a stage presence to characters in a play. Most semi- professional and professional acting groups require their actors and actresses to wear makeup especially mascara and/or fake eye lashes. The reason for this is to add distinction to their faces so people in the audience can see more detail in the play. It also accentuates facial expressions and emotions.

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Decorating Tips For a 50’s Bedroom

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Are you trying to find inspiration for decorating your home? A 50’s styled room can be an amazing décor option for a bedroom. Here are a few decorating ideas on how to make the perfect 50’s bedroom.

Bring in a jukebox. A jukebox will pull in the 50’s theme easily. You can bring in an actual jukebox to double as a CD player, or put a stencil of it on the wall.

Decorate room with records. If a jukebox is not your cup of tea, you can still decorate and bring in the classic 550's style clothing0’s theme by portraying music records in your room. You can display a few on the wall, or display record covers as part of the wall art.

Make your photos look antique. If you have a favorite family picture opt to put it in black and white instead of in color. If you want to go the extra step you can even set up a photo session with your family wearing 50’s style clothing in the picture. 50’s style clothing can be bought online or rented at costume shops.

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Super Savers Allows Red Hatters to Receive Major Discounts

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

There are many reasons to join the Red Hat Society. The Society offers women a chance to interact with other women their age, and form friendships and memories that are unforgettable. The Red Hat Society also offers thousands of discounts through their Super Saver program.

The Super Savers program currently is only available in North America. Those members outside of the region cannot take advantage of the program currently. The Super Savers program can provide many great discounts for Red Hatters in North America, though.

Red Hat Society & 50s poodle skirts

Red Hat Society & 50s poodle skirts

Super Savers saves you money in two main ways. You can save money with repeat savings and with premium discounts. Premium discounts are limited to 50 discounts per year, while repeat savings don’t have a number limit to the amount of times you can use them.

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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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50’s Dance Steps to Teach Your Students

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Looking for an idea for your next dance recital? Do a fifties theme and have a lot of fun with your students! There are many different dance styles during the 50s, but here we list our top favorites.

The Swing- Students will have a lot of fun with swing dancing. Although swing originated from the 1920s, the Lindy Hop was still a popular dance in the 1950s. Swing dancing features the combinations or triple steps and a delayed approach to rhytmic timing.

The Bop – The Bop, also known as boppin’, is normally a solo dance step, though it can work to incorporate more for a recital. Boppin’ uses a lot on heel and toe tapping, and normally is danced with blues or rockabilly music from the 50s. Your dancers can alternate between dancing and tapping. Be sure to get the right 50’s poodle skirts to complete the dance.

The Stroll- This popular line dance is another good 50s hit. Have your dancers face each other and move with the music, doing more elaborate dances in between the rows of dancing. A good song to use would be “The Stroll” by The Diamonds.

The Hand Jive – This 50s dance works well with rock and roll or the rhythm and blues music of the 1950s. This style involves a lot of hand moves and claps, as well as sometimes imitating the percussion instruments of the movies. This dance is sure to be fun for dancing students due to the fun thigh slapping, fist pounding, and elbow touching moves. If you are looking for inspiration for your choreography, check out the movie Grease’s musical display of the song “Born to Hand Jive“.

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Common Costume Mistakes

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Dancers rely on their costumes to set the mood of their dancing pieces. Costumes are very important to dancers during their dance recitals. The ideal costume will enhance the dancer and his or her dance performance, but there are some costumes that end up hindering it more than helping.

Costume malfunctions are a dancer’s nightmare. They happen more frequently than we would like, and are usually due to a lack of proper preparation. That is why trial runs are usually required before major performances.

Unfortunately, even after careful preparation and dress rehearsals, costume mishaps still can occur. Costume blunders can be embarrassing, not only for the dancer, but for her comrades who are dancing with her. Here are some costume mistakes to watch out for.

When dancing with an object on your head, there is a much higher chance of something going wrong. The object can fall on the ground or get stuck in your hair. Either act takes attention away from the dancer, so be certain to have all objects on your head properly secured so this doesn’t happen.

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Displaying Good Manners Goes a Long Way

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

It is important to know how to properly act at a dance recital, whether it be your daughter’s at Flowers for dancersher high school gymnasium or at an opera house in the city. Look for any specific rules sent home by dance teachers to know specific rules. For example, at some performances it is appropriate to give gifts and flowers to dancers before the performance, and others it is only appropriate for afterwards. Check and see if there are any specific protocols.

Good manners at a dance recital can really help those around you to enjoy themselves

Good manners at a dance recital can really help those around you to enjoy themselves

Do not touch or move a costume or prop, even if it looks out of place. You don’t know whether a dancer will come back looking for it and won’t be able to find it. Don’t risk the chance of leaving a dancer out of the performance or stalling the show while they look for it.

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Halloween Costumes: Making Your Own Costume

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Buying Halloween costumes for every one in the family can be quite expensive. A cheaper way to go is to make your own costumes. There are plenty of ideas you can choose from, and many of them look just as good home-made as they would be if they were store bought.

A little sewing skills can really come in handy around Halloween

A little sewing skills can really come in handy around Halloween

Making your own costume can be as involved or easy as you wish it to be. If you are handy with a sewing machine you have an opportunity to sew a unique costume. Some costumes that are fun to sew on your own, for a fraction of the cost, are princess dresses, pirate vests, animal outfits, and poodle skirt costumes, or you can find them for very little online (hey, like at hiphop50sshop.com!).

If sewing isn’t your forte there are plenty of costumes you can make without sewing. Scrounge around your home and closet and find articles that can work together to make a fun costume. Have your son be a babe magnet by safety pinning his sister’s dolls to his clothes. Your husband can dress up as a biker with his leather jacket and bandanna.

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Halloween Safety: Stranger Danger

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Halloween night, our children will be knocking on doors and talking to many people, including many strangers. It is always so important to teach our children how to deal or talk to strangers, especially during this season.

Have a safe and fun Halloween

Have a safe and fun Halloween

We might think that our children know how to deal with strangers because of things they’ve been taught at school or even at home. But we can never be too safe, and if our children need to be told five times to take the garbage out because they forget, we need to help them to remember even more important things like stranger safety.

Number one rule that we must teach our children is to never give out personal information to strangers. They should never be talking to older adults long enough to get into detailed conversations about family and home. Adults shouldn’t be asking these questions to little children who are just going around trick or treating.

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Halloween Safety: Trick or Treat Alternatives

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

A lot more people have been turning from the traditional trick or treating to alternatives that can be just as fun and is a lot safer. If you are thinking about doing that, here are some good ideas for you and your family to try this Halloween season.

The first thing you need to do is go to your community website. There you will be able to see all of the different activities that the community is organizing. You can even volunteer to help for free items or discounts.

Consider a Trunk or Treat for a safe and fun alternative

Consider a Trunk or Treat for a safe and fun alternative

If you don’t find anything on the community bulletin board, think about organizing something yourself. You can organize many different community Halloween activities from pumpkin carving to trunk or treats.

Trunks or treats are a fun alternative for your children. Get a group together in a neighborhood or parking lot, open up your car trunks and have your children go from trunk to trunk gathering candy. You would be surprised how popular this has become just within the past couple years.

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