Wearing It Well

Wearing It Well | Thrifty Possibilities

by Karen White Ah, to be a lyrical teacher! Costume catalogs contain endless choices—gossamer-kissed skirts that sweep the floor, leotards with lacy appliqués, classic tunic dresses, each more scrumptious than the last. Equally gorgeous are the oh-so-many ballet looks, from sassy tutus to Romantic-length charmers. Alas, I am but a lowly musical theater teacher, and…

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Wearing It Well | Clients Are Sold on Seasonal Show Rental Program

by Heather Turbeville What’s better than a holiday show with Sugar Plum fairies, penguins, and peppermint patties? A holiday show that doesn’t require students to buy all of those costumes. All 200 students at Dance With Miss Lindsay in Palm Springs, California, rent costumes that range from T-shirts and leggings to platter tutus with sequined…

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Wearing It Well | Costume Cleaning Tips from The Line Up

by Heather Turbeville Let’s be honest. What do your students’ dance costumes smell like after a performance? What about after three or four performances? And what stains have the garments accumulated—makeup, self tanner, permanent marker? But you can’t wash those sequined leggings or that rhinestone-studded biketard, can you? Yes, you can. According to Deb Erickson,…

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Wearing It Well | Curtain Call on the Art of the Catalog

Curtain Call on the Art of the Catalog by Karen White It’s a moment that never fails to work its magic. Your favorite costume catalog has arrived! Sure, weeks (or months) from now, making final decisions and fitting sizes might be frustrating, but right now, as you flip through the crisp new catalog, all you…

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Wearing It Well | Costume Sizing With A Wish Come True

by Karen White Costume day can be the best of days—so many jubilant students! But if the costumes don’t fit, it can become the worst day. Students are sad, parents are frustrated, and studio owners face the nail-biting uncertainty of getting the right sizes in time for the recital. Erika Duszny, product development manager at…

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Wearing It Well | By Design With Lauren Weissman

by Karen White How do you design a dance costume? First, you listen. “When I started attending trade shows,” says Lauren Weissman, “all the teachers were saying, ‘My parents are driving me crazy because the kids are complaining about all these sequins under the arms.’ ” Apparently, company designers had been outlining costume armholes with…

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