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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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Lame Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Monday, October 19th, 2009

We’ve all been there. It’s 9:30 on the night of the party and you have no Halloween costume ideas. Here are some quick suggestions of costumes not to choose.

However tempting it may be, avoid being the exercise chick

However tempting it may be, avoid being the exercise chick

Exercise Chick: Here’s a tip. If you would wear that outfit on a normal evening, then it doesn’t count as an actual costume. Throwing on jogging pants, tennis shoes and an iPod does not count as a costume. Go back inside and change.

The Frumpy Housewife – We’ve all seen it before, and it doesn’t get better with time. Seeing a woman with her hair in curlers, wearing a bathrobe and a green mask on her face is old news. Try something new that doesn’t have your friends depressed and slightly offended.

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Common Complaints about Halloween Costumes

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Being able to dress up in costumes is exciting and fun for many children. There are many costumes that children can decide on. Often the hardest part with Halloween costumes is narrowing your decision down to just one costume.

The right costume can make all the difference for you kids

The right costume can make all the difference for you kids

During your decision making there are some considerations you need to be aware of. Some common complaints from children may help you make the right choice in a costume. Here are our top 5 complains with Halloween Costumes that you should avoid.

1. It’s not warm enough. Now that the fall has arrived, many costumes on their own would not be a good idea. Children often times don’t want their costumes covered up, but if they are too flimsy they won’t have a choice. If you are planning on going outside make certain your children have layers underneath to keep them warm.

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Choose a Decade as a Costume Idea

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Halloween is coming soon. A good place to find costume ideas is looking at the different decades. Good adult and children’s costumes can come about.

The 1920's is a great age for Halloween costume inspiration

The 1920's is a great age for Halloween costume inspiration

Historic costumes are always a fun idea. The 1900s have a lot of costume ideas and inspiration to choose from. There are a wide variety of fashion trends.

The 1920s bring flapper dresses and gangster outfits. Men liked to wear zoot suits, black or white ties on black shirts, and gangster hats. Women preferred wearing evening or flapper dresses, feather boas and long pearl necklaces.

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Top Couple Costumes

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than dressing up together as a couple. Couples costumes are central to Halloween partying. You’re sure to have fun with these funny pairings:

geishaGeisha and Sumo Wrestler: This Japanese grouping is both beautiful and funny. Dress up in a kimono and platform sandals, with hair pulled back in a bun and a beautifully painted face. Your partner can find an inflatable sumo wrestler costume online to complete the look.

Adam and Eve: Dress up as the very first couple. Its a classic costume idea, and will definitely turn some heads. You don’t have to go as natural as they did, just add some fig leaves to your clothes and you’re set.

King Kong and Ann Darrow: Miss Darrow’s beauty charmed the beastly King Kong. Perhaps that is your story too. Any costume that looks like Marilyn Monroe will work for Ann Darrow, and a good Gorilla costume will be great for King Kong.

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Classic Halloween Costumes: Costumes that Never Go Out of Style

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Costumes seem to come in and out of style every few years. What is popular one year becomes unpopular the next. There are, however, some costumes that have remained constant through the years. Here are some of our favorites that have yet to go out of style.

Star Wars Costwitch costumeumes: Dressing up as characters from this classic movie is still a popular choice. There are a many different characters to choose from. Finding a costume in this sci-fi universe will always be considered cool.

Witch Costumes: The classic witch costume is always in style. You can make the costume as cute or as hideous as you like. Find a combination that you like and have fun with it.

Sock Hop Costumes: Dress up in a fifties costume. It’s fun and works great for children and adult alike. It’s as simple as adding a leather jacket or pink poodle skirt and you have yourself a very traditional costume.

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Dressing Up as a Family for Halloween

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Dressing up as a family can be a lot of fun. The important thing is to find a theme that would incorporate the entire family, such as movie themes or popular decades. Here are some of our favorites:Alice In Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland: This classic fairy tale has enough characters to easily fit costumes for everyone in the family. Children and parents can find characters that suit their tastes. Some characters you can choose from are Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Catepillar, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit, and the Cheshire Cat.

Batman: If your son really wants to dress up as Batman (or another superhero) incorporate that theme for the rest of the family. There are plenty of villains to choose from, including the Joker, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, and Two Face. Or if Batman would like some allies, you could choose Batgirl, Robin, or Commissioner Gordon.

Scooby-DooScooby Doo: Have the family dress up like the cartoon Scooby Doo Show. The family can choose to be Shaggy, Velma, Daphne, Fred, and Scooby Doo. And if you need any more characters there are plenty of mystery monsters that you can get inspiration from.

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Halloween Costumes: Finding the Best Costume for Your Child

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Finding a costume for your child can be easy, especially when your child already has an idea of what they want to dress up as. But when your child doesn’t know what they want to be, having a list of questions handy may make the decision of children’s costumes a little easier. Here are some questions that may help you find the perfect costume for your child.

Getting your child excited about their costume will make everyone's Halloween easier

Getting your child excited about their costume will make everyone's Halloween easier

Does your child want to dress up as a person? Would they like to be a pirate or princess? Would they like to be a doctor or nurse? Maybe an astronaut or ballerina?

Is there a certain decade your child would like to dress up in? Would they like to dress up like a 1920s flapper? Are they excited about the idea of dressing up in a sock hop costume or poodle skirt from the 1950s?

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