Starting early on your custom dance costume design can save you time, stress, and money, but one of the main constraints we hear is, “I don’t have my team or money yet!”
No worries, there are ways to get started even without your team assembled or your funds in place for the year.
You can take advantage of early bird savings by getting started with your design and prototype before you have your team or your full funding. Then, when you have your team and funding secured, you can place your full order.
How it works:
If you’ve never design a custom dance costume before, here’s a rundown of the typical process:
First step is the design illustration. Many custom dance costume companies, you can get your initial design consultation for your dance costume done for FREE. You don’t need to know your quantity or team roster to start designing
Once your design is confirmed, a sample garment will be made. Typically, a 50% deposit for the cost of your order and prototype is required. However, some companies may be willing to let you order the prototype first and pay for the group order later. This means no big deposit is due!
Once your design and sample are done, the last step is production. For your order to move to this phase your full payment, confirmed sizes, and quantities will be due. This part can be done at a later date once you have your team and funding established!
4 things you need to get started:
In order to get started with your dance costumes early and take advantage of early bird savings, here are 4 items you’ll need:
1. Your Theme or Concept
A theme or concept will give your costume a clear focus, and every design decision can relate back to that vision. Organize your ideas in a Pinterest board or mood board to get inspired and communicate with your designers what your custom dance costume vision is.
Looking for inspiration? Check out this post: How to Design a Custom Dance Costume: Finding Inspiration!
2. Your Budget
You don’t need to have your funds together yet, but a budget is essential for your designers to begin. They’ll want to know what you can afford, so your costume isn’t over designed and out of your budget!
If you don’t have your official budget set yet, you can base it off the cost of last year’s costume. As long as you and your designers know a rough estimate, it can help steer the direction of your design.
3. An Estimated Number of Performers
If you can provide an approximate number of dancers, this will help determine what quantity discounts are available to you, as well as help with budgeting your estimated cost per costume. Know that you can still get your design AND your prototype finished before your team is assembled. Then once your team roster is finalized, your final order quantity and invoice can be adjusted with your confirmed numbers.
4. Your Estimated Time Frame
Knowing your time frame is the
last thing you need to get started. Not only will this secure your
“spot” in your costume company’s production schedule, you’ll be
able to confirm that your costumes
will get to you on time and avoid any rush fees! It can take from 10-18 weeks to
design a custom costume from start to finish.
Concept, budget, an estimated quantity and time frame are all you need to know to get started with designs. The biggest benefit to starting early are the discounts!! You can save an extra 5-10%. These discounts don’t sound like much, but combined with quantity discounts and the savings can add up to 30%!
Check out The Line Up’s Early Bird Sale to save up to 30%!!
The Minnesota Association of Dance Teams annually recognizes female, high school senior dance team athletes who possess exemplar qualities. Exemplar qualities include distinguished competitions on the local and/or state levels, academic achievement, community involvement and participation in MADT activities including the Student Convention and/or All-State. There were ten total dancers selected in the spring of 2018; this week we are featuring four of our winners – the remaining dancers will be featured in upcoming weeks.
Click on the names to read their winning essays. Congratulations to these incredible dancers!
Katie Buchtel – BOLD
Breanna Hess – Eagan
Cassidy Nelson – Frazee
Brittany Noble – St. Cloud Tech
Madison Verhelst – Canby-Minneota
© Deborah J Nelson/Satin Stitches Ltd
Yes, it is the busiest time of the year for Minnesota High School dance teams! ENJOY your full-out season when you still have time to perfect your routines! Many of you are hosting Invitationals where you anticipate raising money to fund your season, next year! We wish you all the best for hosting your Invitationals and for all of your competitive performances this season.
Along those lines, remember that all good things come to an end…hopefully with your team winning sectionals and then state, in your categories! Once you put your shoes and tights away in February, those with an eye on your budget will already be thinking of costumes for NEXT season. Am I right?
Your team is seasonal, and so is our Satin Stitches team. We are still busy producing costumes for this performance season, but very soon, we will have completed our 2018-19 tasks!
Because we don’t do a ‘shutdown’, we hope that we can coax a few of your teams to order early and give Satin Stitches a try for new costumes or uniforms for the summer, fall or even for next winter. We offer HUGE discounts this time of the year! For full custom, in addition to our year-round Quantity and Prepayment Discounts, we offer our ‘Early Bird’ Discounts starting February 1st. Yes, your teams are still busy with your final few competitions, but those of you who are budget minded, KNOW that you can save an ADDITIONAL 15% off the price of your new order!
And please also check out our budget-friendly customizable basics and performance costumes in our Web Store… shop.satinstitches.com
Our fashion show model photo shows custom costuming from Satin Stitches -this season and last, as presented in Springfield, at an Illinois state conference, this season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more specific information on placing your orders.
Alexandra Costumes is reaching new heights with their unparalleled designs. The collection offers new leotards, biketards, unitards and two piece costumes. Each costume is created specifically for each dancer and are made with high quality materials like chiffon, polyester, spandex and printed mesh. Their costumes are extremely comfortable and show extreme detail throughout all aspects of every piece.
The new line is perfect for any style of dance. From hip hop to lyrical, you are sure to find a costume that is the perfect match for your competition routine. Just like your dancing, the Alexandra Collection costumes will leave a statement on stage and bring you above your competitors.
The Alexandra Collection is made exclusively for studio owners, dance teachers, dance coaches and other special groups like school dance teams and theater groups. You will gain access to their one of a kind costumes at a discounted price.
To find out more information about how to be the first to see Alexandra Costumes unique designs, head to their website at https://www.alexandracostumes.com.
MoveU Team Store
MoveU Spirit Wear is a great asset for your team apparel. Our unique designs promise to make you stand out in a crowd and from your opponents. We provide gear for your team, your way.
We are prided with our athletic design devoted to athletes and motivated teams everywhere. We are here to fuel your athletic drive with the latest fashion and the ability to assist you in today’s style trends. Our designs are focused around a comfortable, athletic fit with vibrant colors and customizable options to show off your team’s personality.
Even better? Our team of designers will create an online store just for you, for FREE! Our focus is on making this process as easy on you as possible so that you can focus on what matters. Move U handles all orders and payments. Click here to learn more.
If you’re looking for a way to stand out from your competitors, contact one of our designers to get your one of a kind apparel today.
2019 Summer Camp Season
Camp is a place where dancers can grow as an individual, as well as grow and bond as a team. Just For Kix’s highly qualified staff has been studying new ideas, techniques and methods to implement into the 2019 season.
Why Just For Kix? You and your team will become stronger in body and in spirit. Just For Kix offers classes with outstanding technique in many styles such as kick, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, street jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, pom, drill and field.
Just For Kix holds dance camps geared towards individual dancers called the Summer Intensive. Here dancers are challenged with a full day of dancing in various styles. The curriculum goes above and beyond to motivate dancers and to help their strength, flexibility, core building and technical training.
Just For Kix also offers high school dance team camps at seven locations across the nation throughout the summer season. Your team will bond, have fun, train hard, inspire others and be inspired.
MINNESOTA CAMP DATES
Rochester Camp #1 July 17 – 20
Rochester Camp #2 July 21 – 24
Rochester Camp #3 July 25 – 28
Fargo Intensive – June 20 – 22
Medina Intensive – July 29 – 31
Brainerd Intensive – Aug 4 – 7
NEARBY STATE DATES and LOCATIONS
You can consider a road trip to another state.
Council Bluffs, IA July 10 – 12
Storm Lake, IA July 13 – 16
Green Bay, WI June 27 – 30
Just For Kix is committed to helping coaches succeed. Just For Kix camps are dedicated to coach consultation as much as they are geared towards dancers. The staff works hard to surround coaches with technical tools and leadership development.
If you are looking for an event based solely for coaches, check out Just For Kix Coaches Conference. This conference offers industry leading education and consultation. With a handful of classes, you’ll leave feeling more inspired than ever.
With over 30 years of orchestrating nationally accredited dance camps, Just For Kix is sure to be the perfect camp for you and your team this summer. To learn more about what Just For Kix has to offer during the summer season, visit www.justforkix.com/dancecamps.
*This is a repeat posting of a previous topic!
Icebreakers can play an important role in helping teams integrate and make connections with one another in a group environment. Icebreakers can also enhance your coaching by helping to stimulate cooperation and participation – teaching dancers how to “please” you! They can also provide positive momentum for teams by:
Helping a new team get to know one another
Helping new members to integrate into the existing team
Helping young people feel comfortable together
Encouraging cooperation, listening & working together as a group
Encouraging dancers to break out of their cliques
Developing social skills—face-to-face connection
Building a rapport with coaches
Creating a FUN atmosphere for learning and participation
Icebreakers and Coaches
• Be enthusiastic, whatever happens, be enthusiastic!
• Choose volunteers carefully and don’t cause embarrassment.
• If something is not working move quickly on to the next activity.
• Timing is important—don’t overuse any icebreaker. 1 or 2 icebreakers as a 20-30 minutes introduction to your practice. Finish each icebreaker while dancers are still enjoying it.
• Choose icebreakers appropriate for your group. No group is the same and your understanding of what will and will not work with your group is a coaching skill.
ICE BREAKERS FOR DANCE COACHES
Two Truths & a Lie—on a small slip of paper, have dancers write 3 things about themselves… two truths & a lie. Coach collects & then pulls a slip to read at random. Team attempts to discover who the author is. Great because you can save the slips for another time—use when you have time to fill before or after an activity.
Blanket Game—Supplies: 1 large blanket or tarp, it has to be big enough for 1/2 of the team to hide behind, can’t be see through. Break your team into 1/2 in a way that mixes rookies & vets. Have them sit/hide facing the other group, behind the blanket, held up in the middle between two coaches/volunteers. First girl from each “team” comes to the line/front of the group, to the blanket. Coaches drop the blanket. Girls are face to face now – first girl to name the other “wins” and the other girl is out. (Moves to the side to watch.) Rotate through until one side has no players left. Takes 5-10 minutes, depending on how long you are laughing and how many players you have.
Last Pic On Your Phone—select a small group (your name ends with an “A” or your birthday is in April) and have them grab their phones to share the last (appropriate) picture they took. Have them show & tell about the photo. (Do at the end of practice…)
Would You Rather? – played in a long line. Determine two opposites or something that has an extreme—pose the question and let the girls sort themselves (on the line) to indicate their preference. Example… “I love to work hard” center of the line/room is neutral, left is YES, right is NO. “I like loud music.” “I’m a night owl.” “I like to study.” “I like scary movies.” “I like to follow others.” etc.
Around The World—first person says the name of a country, river, city, ocean or mountain—anything that could be found in an atlas. Next person must repeat that, plus add another name that begins with the last letter of the first word. Example London, Niagara Falls, Switzerland, Demark, etc. (Geography version of “I’m Going Camping & I’m Bringing…)
Put Yourselves In Order—have the team start by lining up on the gym floor—on a long tape line. Ask them to re-sort themselves on the same line by… birthdays, middles names, mom’s names, eye color, shoe size, height. The twist is—you cannot have your feet leave the line and you cannot speak! (Good to partner with “Would You Rather” because you are in a line.)
Balloon Hugs—you’ll need two balloons/dancer and dancers divided up into pairs. Give each team 4 balloons. When you say “GO!” each dancer/pair must blow up their balloons and HUG to pop all 4 of their balloons. First team to pop all balloons wins!
Who Am I? – you’ll need a post-it note with famous person, place or thing written on it, one for each dancer. Stick the note on their back. Dancers ask questions of other dancers to discover their identity. Only one question per person— Dancer A can only ask Dancer B one question. Dancer B can ask Dancer A—then this pair cannot speak to each other again. Only yes or no questions. If you have lots of time, play until everyone has spoken to each other once. OR to keep it short, play until your first winner! (If you use Post-It Notes, you can re-use them a few times before they lose their “sticky.”)
Song Scramble—bring a list of descriptors or themes and divide teams into smaller groups of 3-4. Give them a theme (Love) and 1 minute to plan. Groups face each other in a circle and sing a snipet of the song to “qualify” for that theme. “If you see a painted sign at the side of the road that says 15 miles to the LOVE shack!” (next group) “I wanna know what LOVE is… I want you to show me.” (next group) If every group goes, you’re on to the next word or theme. Songs cannot be repeated in the same round, even if there is another verse. If a group gets stuck or doesn’t meet the requirement with their song, they are out. Play until you have a winner. (You can play this with multiple groups,
as long as you have a even number of groups so you can have “playoffs.”)
Wink Murder—Team sits in a circle facing out with their eyes closed. Coach circles the team from the middle and taps an “assassin” to be IT. (Be sure to make a couple of circles, stop, turn, start again.) After you’ve selected your IT person, eyes open and the team faces into the circle. Teammates are “eliminated” by catching the eye/attention/wink from the IT girl. Being eliminated can be loud and dramatic or not. Dying girls should fall backwards and end up laying down. If someone detects the assassin when she is not the target, she is the winner. If the assassin is able to eliminate everyone without being caught, she is the winner.
Don’t forget the treats… part of the fun of playing is winning. Plan for treats or gifts for your games. It can be simple, like getting to sit out of sit-ups or getting to watch the rest of the team do the dance full out at the end of practice. You can also have a “traveling” trophy—re-use that old invitational trophy by sending it home with your weekly winner OR use that camp Spirit Stick as your traveling trophy. Of course, candy or cookies are delicious, too. Bloggers warn not to use food as incentive, but a small cupcake is always a fun reward. 🙂
As we wrap up the season and think ahead to the next, it’s time to take advantage of those end of season savings!
Early Bird Discount:
It’s never too early to get started for next season! Especially when you can save up to 30% with our Early Bird Discounts. From custom dance costumes to team apparel and warm-ups, these are our best discounts of the year for custom orders! Confirm your design by March 15th for the maximum discount!
To get started or for more details on getting your Early Bird Discounts, contact us here: http://info.thelineup.com/2018-dance-early-bird-discount
OR shop online to receive an extra 10% on your group order of 5 or more, using code EARLYBIRD18. Ends March 15th. http://thelineup.com/
Take care of this season’s costumes with our Washing Sale! 10% off all garment care products and group laundry services! Ends March 15th.
Contact us to get started on Laundry Services: http://thelineup.com/garment-care/
OR shop Garment Care online and save 10% using code WASH10: http://thelineup.com/dance-costumes/garment-care.html