Posts Tagged ‘costumes’

Why You Should do a Sock Hop this Holiday Season

Friday, November 5th, 2010

With the holidays approaching, now is the perfect time to begin planning a fun and festive event for your friends and family.  There are several holiday activities that you could choose from.  Why not add an annual sock hop as a new tradition?

Strolling right down memory lane can be  memorable experience for all.  With a few simple things to think about and prepare you’ll quickly be ready to amaze everyone with you’re great entertainment.  These include invitations, decorations, costumes, food, music and games.

There are many creative ways to invite your guests to your party. You could use black construction paper to make a record, inviting people to come for a “swinging party.”  You could cut out a picture of a clock and inviting people to come “rock around the clock” at your sock hop.  There are many possibilities.  Just put something along with your 50’s theme.

Next you need to start thinking decorations.  You could set your room up like a high school gym, or a diner.  Add an old-fashioned jukebox and you have a decoration and entertainment in one.

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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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Perfect 50’s Costume Ideas

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Are you having a hard time finding the perfect 50’s costume? Are you looking for something fun for Halloween or a fifties party? You are not the only one.

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Greaser – Men can dress up as the ultra cool grease dude. This costume consists of wearing a white t-shirt, slicked back hair, and rolled up tight jeans. Don’t forget the bad boy leather jacket to pull this look off.

Elvis – Elvis is a popular 50’s costume choice. There are a lot of costumes already put together for this famous music icon. If you want to piece the costume together on your own, find a good Elvis wig with side burns and move to finding clothing options that work for the rock-n-roll mega star.

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Great Ideas For 1950’s Costumes

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Are you looking for some amazing 1950’s costumes? If you want to have a successful 50’s party it is important to have some great 1950’s costume choices. Here are some costume choices to give you some inspiration.

50’s Jock – The letterman jacket is necessary for pulling off this fashion choice. Athletes wore the Letterman jacket during the 50’s. The jacket was usually worn with a white tee shirt and rolled-up blue jeans.

If you don’t own a letterman jacket you can easily make your own jacket on your own. Just wear a button-down sweater and sew on a square of felt to the side of the arm. A large letter should be sewn to the square to make a makeshift Letterman jacket.
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Elvis – We all know rock-n-roll got big by this 50’s music icon. Elvis’ music is still very well known today. What better way to celebrate the 50’s than by dressing up as this big music star?

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Great Halloween Couple Costume Ideas

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Bella and Edward – This vampire couple are very hot this year. The nice thing with this costume is that it is very easy to put together. Girls just need a long brown wig and normal clothes, and the guy just needs to moose up his hair and look surly.

Mother Nature and Father Time – This costume can be found online. If you want to make your own costume father time needs a long beard and a clock to show he is father time. Mother nature you can wear a green dress and attach fake leaves to your outfit; with a leaf wreathe around your head.
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Barbarians: You can go back to the caveman and cavewoman, or a little further in the future during the dark ages. You can wear bones tied in your hair, or wear a bone necklace instead. Brown tunics, belts, and arm cuffs are great choices for this choice.

Big Bad Wolf and Red Riding Hood: This classic tale works for couples really well. The man dresses up as a wolf in a granny outfit. The girl just needs a cute dress and a red hooded cloak. Nice and easy, and everyone will instantly know who you are.
This classic tale is always a fun choice for couples. The girl dresses up in a dress and a red hooded cloak. The man dresses up in a wolf costume. These costumes can be found at different places online.

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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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