Posts Tagged ‘1950’s’

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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Fashion Choices From the 1950’s

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The fifties were a time for very unique fashion choices. Many of the styles from the fifties are being use today. Look at many of the vintage stores today and you will find many of the same exact style accessories and clothing articles that were worn during the fifties era.

You can get a lot of great costume options from looking at the fifties. The 1950’s fashion can be used in fun Halloween parties, carhops, or sock hop school dances. Lets also not forget the fun themed parties, where 50’s themed parties can be a real hit.

There were a lot of clothing options during the fifties. This is another perk for choosing to do a 50’s themed costume for your party or event. Having a lot of options can give you the chance to really choose the style that you like.

poodle skirts, 50's fashion, 50's outifts, 50's costumes

poodle skirts, 50's fashion, 50's outifts, 50's costumes

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The Fashion Trend of the 50’s

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Fashion trends will come and go. Each decade brings in new fashion trends, and they will change just as quickly. This can be a good thing, especially when the fashion brings in things like high bangs, rat-tails, and those dreadful skinny jeans.

The fun thing about having fashion trends is that some of those styles are actually cute. They retain a certain “classic” standing. One of example of this legacy fashion trend is the 1950’s. They had a very classic, fun clothing fashion trend.

The 1950’s was the era of rock-n-roll and sock hops. Their fashion choices during this time was very fun. The 50’s brought on a very distinct fashion trend. A lot of people like to call that era the sock hop fashion era.

The poodle skirt has always been the main clothing choice that we recall from the 50’s. The poodle skirt was the item that replaced those tight, slimmer skirts from the earlier days. Poodle skirts were a lot more full and landed at around the knees.

Poodle skirts were made out of quite a few different materials, and could be a lot of color choices. A lot of the poodle skirts were adorned with applique like a poodle or a music record. These poodle skirts were typically worn over crinoline or petticoats.

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50’s Traditions

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

A traditions is defined as the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, and information from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice. Traditions are an essential part of our lives. They bring generations together.

sock hop ladiesSome traditions are old, and some are new. Some have been going strong since the 50’s. Some of these traditions include sock hops, soda fountain parties, and ice cream socials.

However, some of these traditions now go by different names. Soda fountain parties are now the same as hanging out at a fast food joint with friends; ice cream socials occur on a daily basis at places like Dairy Queen. And sock hops are now just dances.

Some more basic traditions that draw generations together are things like food, music and dancing. In fact, these are some of the strongest binding factors between generations. These specific factors are also the main ingredients of 50’s sock hops.

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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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Making a First Dance Recital Special

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

A child’s first dadance-recital06-275nce recital is a very special opportunity for her parents to show her how proud they are of her. Dance recitals show off dance routines that your little one has been planning for all year. Here are some suggestions of how to make your little one’s first dance recital special.

Put an ad in your local paper wishing them luck. Many newspapers have special ad space for birthday, engagement, or special announcements. Let your little one know how excited and proud you are of their first dance performance by publicly telling them so.

Bring flowers to give to them after the performance. Flowers are a beautiful and appropriate way to congratulate your daughter. Flower arrangements can come in a variety of types and sizes, so it is up to you whether you would like to give her a single flower or a bouquet of them.

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Items to Bring to a Dance Recital

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Dance recitals can be a very exciting time for a young dancer, but the performance can quickly change to one of chaos and confusion. Don’t take the chance of having to miss any special moments by running home to grab last minute items for your daughter. Be prepared with the following items:

Makeup- You will want to have some makeup available to do last minute touch-ups. Bring makeup that will match the rest of the class and not bring unneeded attention to your daughter. Remember to touch-up her makeup right before she goes on stage.

The video below gives some great tips on getting your child’s makeup ready for a dance recital.

Camera - Dance recitals, on average, only occur once a year. You won’t want to miss out on any of these special moments. Even if you can’t take pictures during the performance, you still want to remember your camera for the backstage moments and after the recital.

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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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Helpful Tips for Calming Your Dancer

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Performing in front of a group can be quite intimidating. It’s no wonder that a lot of dancers find themselves nervous

Kids can get really anxious before their first performance

Kids can get really anxious before their first performance

on the day of their dance recital. It may not be easy, but there are some things that can help calm frazzled nerves on the big day.

Find fun ways to distract them whenever their nerves start to act up. Say encouraging words first, by telling them you know they will do great the night of the performance. Then change the topic, or find another activity to help ease their mind off of their nervousness.

Have them practice, practice, practice. The more practice they do the more confident they will become in their dance routine. It will also give them an activity to do that will actually help them at the time of the recital.

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