6 Best Last-Minute Costume Ideas for the Dance-Obsessed

Ah, Halloween: the one day of the year where we can get all dressed up and pretend to be whoever or whatever we want to be for the night. There’s only one problem – we haven’t decided what to dress up as yet! So, we’ve rounded up the best last-minute costume ideas for dancers to make this Halloween the best one yet. Happy haunting, friends!

 

  1. Disco Ball

Because what screams “DANCE PARTY” more than a giant sparkly disco ball? If you’ve got a little more time on your hands, consider this crafty costume idea straight from the DIY-genius of Studio DIY! Simply paper-mache a giant balloon, glue sparkly silver ribbons on it, throw on a silver top, and voila! Halloween night fever! Check out the full set of instructions here.

 

2. Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s videos

Who doesn’t love one of Dance Moms’ most iconic stars dancing her heart out in the “Chandelier” music video? Not only is this costume easily recognizable, but it’s also super comfy and easy to put together. Simply break out one of your nude leotards, grab a white oversized wig, and dance your heart out. Sia would be proud!

 

3. Disco Dancer

Throw together this quintessential throwback costume with a few key pieces and get ready to disco dance the night away. All you’ll need are a pair of bell bottoms, a shiny leotard or shirt, and some psychedelic accessories. Pro tip: grab a feather boa and a crazy colorful headband to really ramp up the look!

 

4. ‘80s Aerobics Instructor

Another easy look to throw together for dancers, simply grab a solid-color leotard, a different color pair of tights, a third color of leg warmers, and rock a side pony to transform into the ‘80s exercise instructor we all know and love. Plus, if you recruit a few friends, you can even choreograph a routine!

 

5.  Red Salsa Dancer Emoji

Share your love of emojis by dressing up as one! Simply grab a swishy red dress, some heels, and bust a salsa move. Muy caliente!

 

6. Twin Dancer Emoji

You already know that this emoji is the epitome of #bffgoals, so why not make it your Halloween costume goals too! All you’ll need is a black leotard, some bunny ears, and one best friend to constantly stand on one leg next to you.

 

Here’s to the best Halloween ever! Now get out there and get your trick-or-treating groove on!

 

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Top 8 Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Miss Out On The Platinum Dance Experience Convention

  1. Meet and make new friends.

Yes, convention is awesome because you’re able to spend a fun-filled day or two with the dance friends you’ve already made at your studio. However, it also gives you the opportunity to meet and befriend other talented dancers from around the country! Spending all day sweating, dancing, and having fun together is a fantastic way to bond. Best of all, you already know that you have something in common with your fellow attendees — loving to dance!

 

2. See amazing performances by dancers of all ages.

The Dance Experience Convention is divided into three levels based on age and experience, and each level receives instruction on a variety of different dance styles. At the end of the day, each level holds auditions to decide who will win scholarships and other awards — meaning you get to observe the awesome routines your peers have been working on all day!

 

3. Learn new techniques.

The Dance Experience Convention offers multiple workshops ranging from tap to hip hop, and all classes are taught by experienced faculty members. This means that you’re getting the chance to learn and perfect your dance techniques while under the supervision of some of the best instructors out there. Nothing like getting feedback from the dance world’s finest!

 

4. Interact with some of the most talented professionals in the business.

The dance instructors that make up the Dance Experience Convention faculty come from all over the country and are some of the finest choreographers out there. You can see their award-winning work on the Broadway stage, in national commercials and music videos, in popular TV shows and blockbuster movies, and at prestigious universities and dane programs. Not only will you be learning from your faculty, you’ll also be able to get to know them. Who knows? Maybe in the future, you’ll be the one they call when they need one more dancer for that music video!

 

5. Show off your hard work and dancing skills.

Show us your moves! The Dance Experience Convention is the perfect time to showcase how hard you’ve been working all year. It could even help you win an award or scholarship!

 

6. Explore a new city or new part of town.

Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Cincinnati…the Dance Experience Convention allows you to discover an exciting new city or town, no matter which one you choose to attend. It’s a dance extravaganza and a vacation all in one!

 

7. Get a chance to win scholarships and other awards.

Each class will have an Excellence Award that will be given out to one dancer chosen by the instructor. Additionally, there are six scholarships to other Platinum events up for grabs. Finally, each dancer will be awarded a participation certificate for the convention.

 

8.  Teachers receive a free pass for every 10 students they bring. 

Teachers and studio owners, this one is for you! For every 5-10 dancers that you register, you’ll receive one free teacher pass; if you bring 11-20 dancers, you’ll receive two free passes; for 21-30 dancers, you’ll get 3 free passes; and for 31+ dancers, you’ll receive four free passes. Talk about a steal!

We can’t wait to see you at the Dance Experience Convention!

Nationals + Invitationals 2017 Recap

What a great past few weeks it’s been for the PNDC family! Nationals 2017 has just wrapped up after a whirlwind tour of Panama City Beach, FL, and Pigeon Forge, TN, and last week found us in Charleston, SC, for an amazing Ultimate Invitationals Championship. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all the parents, studios, teachers, judges, and especially the talented dancers that helped make these competitions the best yet! In celebration of the amazing performances we saw, we’ve put together a recap of our favorite moments from these past few weeks. Enjoy!

June 12-17 found PNDC in sunny Panama City Beach, FL, where we were welcomed with performances from superheroes, grannies, Grecian goddesses, showgirls, and more! We absolutely loved the costume creativity that was on display this year! Check out Panama City Beach’s opening act to warm us up for the performances to come here!

 

Later on in the month, we traveled to beautiful Pigeon Forge, TN, where we spent another fun-filled few days enjoying performances by some of the most talented young dancers in the country! The opening number in Pigeon Forge was incredible — see for yourself here!

 

It was unreal seeing the strength and flexibility that our PNDC Dancer family had on display throughout this year’s Nationals. It was clear that everyone had been practicing really hard – and it truly paid off!

 

We also loved seeing how much PNDC spirit our dancers (and parents and coaches!) had. Whether it was on their cars, on their t-shirts, or on the backs of their jackets, everywhere we turned, we saw people spreading the PNDC love! Thanks, everyone!

 

Then, we journeyed to charming and historic Charleston, SC, for a two-day dance extravaganza with our Ultimate Invitational Championship! This whirlwind tour featured even more beautiful costumes, talented dancers, and stunning choreography. What a fantastic way to round out our summer season! Thanks to all who came out to support PNDC!

 

As always, these competitions wouldn’t be possible without the support and assistance of all of our rockstar judges, choreographers, staff members, teachers, coaches, studios, parents and family members, costume designers, set designers, and dancers. We love you all and we are continually inspired to do and be better because of YOU!

So what’s next for PNDC?

We are excited to announce that the dates for our Platinum Dance Experience Convention Tour are out! Watch out for us throughout the fall as we visit over 10 different cities to offer a variety of dance classes and workshops to talented dancers like you!

How was your experience at Nationals and Invitationals? Which cities did you go to? What were your favorite performances? We want to hear from you! Be sure to follow our adventures on our Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages, and make sure to tag us and use #PNDCDancer!

Regionals 2017: Looking back!

Regionals 2017 has been such a wild ride! We have had an amazing season this year and it’s all thanks to our incredible dancers, parents, studios, teachers, judges, and MORE! We have had such an exciting season so far in 2017 and still have so much fun to have this summer. Regionals took us to dozens of cities across the country to watch hundreds of performances to THOUSANDS of fans! We are so grateful to our Platinum family of dancers past and present. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights from Regionals 2017.

 

We kicked off Regionals in Davenport, IA and Virginia Beach, VA! Here’s some memories from our first stops:

 

The costumes this year were off the charts! We saw some beautiful, sassy, sharp, and adorable costumes. We have such amazing designers that create the perfect pieces to enhance our dancers performances and make them shine like the stars they are. It’s not easy to make those costumes and takes some true talent and art, we are so lucky! Here’s a look at some of our favorites:

 

This year we saw some selfless acts of love, friendship, and sportsmanship. We got to see dancers from competing studios making friends and joking around backstage. It’s important to be kind to others and it can be hard to come by in a competition setting. We are so lucky to have such kind dancers help each other out and foster great relationships that will last years to come.

 

We want to give a HUGE thanks to all of the judges this year who made this possible. We do our best to choose judges who will provide constructive feedback and critiques to help shape our dancers. Hearing criticism can be hard but we have watched our dancers take it gracefully and use it to continually improve themselves. A big THANK YOU to the judges who carefully craft their critiques to provide our dancers with feedback that is healthy and helpful.

 

All of this wouldn’t be possible without all of the choreographers, coaches, teachers, parents, dance staff, costume designers, set designers, family members. We could not do this without you! Thank you for your continued support. You are the reason our season runs as smoothly as it does and we are SO GRATEFUL!

 

So…what’s next?

 

We’ve got a FULL summer ahead of us. First on the agenda, NATIONALS! We’re headed to Panama City Beach, FL from June 12-17 + Pigeon Forge, TN from June 27 – July 1. We can’t wait to see what our dancers bring to the stage this year and we couldn’t be more pumped. We’ll see you on the beach or in the mountains and we can’t wait!

 

After Nationals, we have our Ultimate Invitational Championship in Charleston, SC in July! We have invited some INCREDIBLE talent this year and we are on the edge of our seats to see what happens!

 

Don’t forget to register for Nationals and our Ultimate Invitational Championship here.

 

Our Viewer’s Choice Awards are now LIVE on our Facebook! Go check out all of the videos from Regionals and like your favorite. The video with the most likes will win the Viewer’s Choice Award at Nationals!

 

We want to hear how Regionals was for you! What city did you go to? What was your favorite performance? What are you doing this summer? Tell us what you’re up to on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Remember to use #PNDCDancer in all of your posts!

Spring Cleaning Your Dance Bag

Spring has sprung and you know what that means…spring cleaning!

Ah yes, the dreaded time of year where we have to acknowledge the clutter we’ve let accumulate throughout the year. Your room is a mess, the laundry is piled high, and your dance bag is barely zipping closed it’s so full. The season of renewal and rebirth inspires us all to get our things in line and clean up.

First thing on the list, your dance bag. It’s full of granola bar wrappers, loose bobby pins, worn out pads for your feet, used athletic tape, tights with holes in them, and that old pair sock that definitely need to visit the washing machine.

Below are four things you can do to spruce up your dance bag and keep it clean throughout the year.

1. Unpack those unhealthy snacks.

We’re all guilty of leaving those candy wrappers at the bottom of our dance bags. We all need a pick-me-up every now and then, so it can be easy to reach for the sweet stuff when selecting a snack.

But instead of reaching for the sweets, grab a handful of nuts. We love flavored nuts that are sweet and give us that sugar fix we’re craving. If you don’t like nuts or are allergic, another great option is sugar-free gum!

 

2. Up-cycle your old tights.

Take all of those old pairs of tights with runs and holes in them, and turn them into something new! Make a sachet with potpourri to keep in your dance bag to keep things smelling fresh. You can also cut the tops of the waistband to turn into a makeshift hair tie or scrunchie if you ever are in a pinch. Check out a list of things you can do with your old tights here.

 

3. Zip up the small things!

Don’t let the bottom of your dance bag be a graveyard of bobby pins and hair ties. Get a small zipper bag to hold your essentials so you don’t lose them. Keep your deodorant, face wipes, hair ties, bobby pins, bandages and tape, and any other small items inside one of these little bags.

That way, when you need something, you don’t have to fish around in your bag. You’ll know right where they are every time, and it’ll prevent clutter in the future too!

 

4. Keep it clean.

When you sit down to clean your dance bag, take a minute to empty the whole thing out. Dump out the loose crumbs and any trash you might’ve missed. Take a baby wipe or a damp towel and wipe your bag down for extra freshness. While you’ve got the baby wipes or a towel out, go ahead and throw them in your bag.

Use the baby wipes to freshen up your face after dancing. Removing all of the sweat and dirt from your face can keep your skin clear and healthy. Having a towel on hand can also be really helpful. You can use it to dab your sweat, dry your face after washing it, or keep it at the bottom of your bag to line it.

We hope these spring cleaning tips inspire you to dump out your dance bag and clean it up! A clean bag is a clean mind.

Share your photos of your dance bag and how you organize it with us! Use the hashtag #PNDCDancer. We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

How to Eat Green and Enjoy It

We all know that green vegetables are extremely nutritious, but they don’t usually taste good. It’s hard to get excited about eating green things, especially when they’ve gotten such a bad wrap for their often-lackluster flavor. Your body deserves the best, and in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re here to show you how you can eat healthy, green things and actually enjoy them! Read on to discover some of our favorite recipes and tricks to making green vegetables taste good! Before you know it, you’ll be looking forward to eating (and enjoying) your next serving of green veggies!

 

1 — Green Smoothies

We’ve all seen these crazy concoctions, but have you ever mustered up the courage to try one? You may be surprised to find out that they are absolutely delicious. Green smoothies are one of the easiest and most effective ways to sneak leafy greens into a meal. Sometimes, adding greens to a smoothie can taste like your literally drinking a salad, but here are a few tips to makes sure yours are scrumptious.

  • Add naturally sweet fruits like strawberries, mango, pineapple and banana to help sweeten things up a bit.
  • Use fresh avocado to get a nice creamy texture.
  • Use a natural fruit juice like orange or apple as your liquid base. This will help give it a great flavor and also help the blending process.

Check out these 9 Green Smoothie Recipes You’ll Actually Enjoy Drinking from Greatist for some more ideas to help make you a green smoothie-making expert!

 

2 — Baked Zucchini Fries

Next time you find yourself craving French fries, consider going for this healthy alternative. Zucchini slices are coated in an egg, breadcrumb and Parmesan cheese mixture to make this simple dish extra flavorful. Check out the full recipe from AllRecipes.

 

3 — Bacon Green Bean Bundles

When in doubt, put some bacon on it! Ordinary green beans become extraordinary and positively delicious when they’re wrapped in crispy bacon and glazed with buttery brown sugar. Check out the full recipe from Five Heart Home here.

 

4 — Spinach Pancakes

We agree that these look pretty crazy, but hear us out! If it weren’t for their crazy color, you’d honestly have no idea that there is a heaping serving of spinach in these tasty pancakes. Pro tip: You can make these ahead and freeze them to have breakfast for the entire week! Trust us on this one; check out the full recipe from Living Well Kitchen here.

 

5 — Mint Chocolate Chip Pea Pops 

We love a sweet treat, especially when it’s healthy! Adding peas (yes, peas) to these popsicles add a fun green color and loads of nutrition to this mint chocolate chip dessert. The chocolate chips pair perfectly with the fresh mint and you’d honestly never know the peas are there aside from the color! Try this one out for yourself. Check out the recipe from Happy Healthy Mama here.

 

Do you have any favorite “green” recipes? Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Show Yourself Some Love

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In the spirit of February and Valentine’s Day we’re focusing on love. Yes, it’s important to show your love and appreciation for family, friends and dance teachers, but you must not forget to love yourself! Now that competition season is in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day tasks. Read on to find out how you can take a moment each day to show yourself some love while still powering through your days for a successful season.

 

1 — Always be prepared.

Set yourself up for success! Whether it’s dance class or competition, it’s important to be prepared for whatever may come your way. That means all the right shoes, snacks, hair-ties and anything else you can think of. Check out this post for more ideas on how you can properly prepare yourself for success.

 

2 — Eat well.

 

Healthy bodies start in the kitchen and finish on the dance floor. If you really want to stay healthy and get stronger throughout the competition season, eating well will help you reach that goal. Stumped on where to start? Check out this post for some tips and recipe ideas.

3.  Rest.

We all know that competition season is an extremely busy and somewhat stressful time. This is why it is truly imperative to give yourself some rest. Rest days are important because it gives your body time to recover from all of that hard work and come back stronger. Here’s a great article on why rest is so important and how it can benefit you.

 

We hope you’ll take a moment to treat yourself this season. Remember, you deserve it! What’s your favorite way to show yourself some love? We’d love to hear! Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Dance Resolutions for 2017

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The holidays are officially over and it’s time to get back to the grind. Have you taken a moment to think about your goals and aspirations for 2017? If not, we’re here to help you create those goals and make 2017 your best year yet! Here are five great resolution ideas to help you build toward a happy and healthy dance future in the New Year.

1. Focus on getting stronger.

It’s important to do strength-building activities to help you grow stronger which, in turn, helps you perform better on stage. Check out these ideas from Dance Spirit.

2. Listen to your body. 

If something hurts, make sure to tell your teacher or coach and never dance through the pain. Addressing the pain early on could help prevent more serious injuries in the future.

3. Get out of your comfort zone. 

This could mean performing that hip-hop solo instead of your usual contemporary, or maybe even auditioning for a new team or production. Your life truly begins when you step outside of your comfort zone — go for it!

4. Pick one move you’d like to perfect and stick to it. 

Rather than trying to work on ten different things at once, pick one thing at a time and give it your undivided attention. Once you have perfected this move, continue on down your list to the next thing.

5. Relax and have fun!

We dance because it’s fun! Try not to get too caught up in the stress of practice and competition and remember why you started dancing in the first place.  

Have you made some New Year’s Dance Resolutions of your own? We’d love to hear! Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

2016 Dancer Gift Guide

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Let’s face it. You’d rather be doing chaîné turns and grand jetés through the mall than actually looking for presents to buy your dance friends, right? Lucky for you, we’ve crafted the ultimate dancer gift guide so you can get your holiday shopping out of the way and get back to perfecting your fouettés.

 

Sweatpants

Keep it practical! You can’t deny that there’s nothing better than cozying up in a pair of comfy sweatpants before or after practice.

Personalized Water Bottle 

Everyone needs H20. This is a great one for your teammates and your dance teachers!

Candles

We could all use a little help relaxing after a long day of practice. As you relax and watch these candles burn, a cast iron sculpture is revealed as the wax melts away.

Leggings

In a dancer’s world, there is no such thing as too many leggings.

Wall Art

A little bit of inspiration goes a long way. This would be a great addition to dancer’s room or studio!

Jewelry

This bracelet is perfect for the person whose life revolves around dance!

Caboodles

Competition season is almost here and we all know how important it is to stay organized. These great organizers keep all of your hair, makeup and costume necessities in one spot.

Portable Speaker

You never know when you’ll need to break out the music and dance. This is perfect for an impromptu dance party or practice!

Crop Top

A new top always gives us a little pep in our step. Practice in style in this teal PNDC crop top!

What’s on your wish list this year? We’d love to hear what you’re getting your dance friends! Share with us below, or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Faculty Spotlight: Michael Deeb

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We can’t get enough of #Convention! It’s been great to see our dancers, dance families, and especially our amazing staff! We had the chance to chat with Michael Deeb, one of our fabulous staff members, about why he loves Convention and what he hopes our dancers will learn this year.

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Q: How long have you been teaching dance?

A: I started teaching dance when I was in high school. Dancers in the senior classes at our studio were invited to be assistant teachers starting at age 14, and I was given my first junior jazz class to teach when I was 16! I just kind of never stopped teaching after that point, and I’ve now taught many styles of dance to all ages and levels.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite type of dance to teach and why?

A: I love all styles, but my favorite to teach is Musical Theatre. I love placing focus on storytelling through movement, and watching dancers think out of the box and develop their own unique characters. I always explain that this style of dance is not about the next “big trick” or flashy step – it’s about telling a story. These focal points are things that dancers can apply to all other styles of dance, as well.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to about Convention this year?

A: I’m looking forward to being wowed by the incredible technique and love of dance that all Platinum dancers show! The dancers attending PDE conventions get me so excited and truly inspire me!

 

Q: Which classes will you be teaching at Convention?

A: This year I am teaching Musical Theatre and Tap in the Junior and Senior rooms.

 

Q: There’s always that one move or combination that gives you a hard time. Is there any specific dance move that has been difficult for you? If so, how did you get better at it? 

A: Okay, this is embarrassing, but it took me almost an entire year to figure out how to do drawbacks in tap class. Literally just spank, heel, step. Couldn’t do it. I remember faking them across the floor for months, absolutely dreading them! I eventually asked my cousin (who was in class with me) to help me break them down, and just kept working at them until one day, everything clicked!

 

Q: What is your favorite dance memory?

A: My favorite dance memory is the four years I spent as a dance major at the University at Buffalo. Dancing in college was absolutely the best decision I could have made. I was able to train in all styles of dance, from ballet to jazz to modern to tap to ballroom, and I met my very best friends through our program. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to work hard, grow as an artist, and to cultivate my own personal style under the watchful eye of our incredible faculty.

 

Q: Who are your favorite people to follow on social media (dance related or not!)?

A: I’m a huge fan of the Final Five USA women’s gymnastics team! They are simply incredible – I think in a past life I must have been an Olympic balance beam champion…

 

Q: You have been involved in quite a few productions — which one is your favorite?

A: My favorite show of all time is A Chorus Line, and I was lucky enough to be cast as “Mike” in the national tour a few years ago. I had a blast sharing that story across the country! It’s an incredibly important piece of theatre for dancers to see. An amazing story full of classic, stylized jazz movement, and characters to root for – how can you go wrong?

 

Q: What do you think the biggest challenge is for young dancers today, and how can they overcome it?

A: The biggest challenge young dancers face today is trends vs. technique. Trends come and go, but technique never goes out of style. If dancers would replace one jazz or contemporary class a week with a ballet class, they would benefit tremendously (and we would enjoy watching them even more!). Taking ballet class is like eating your vegetables – it might not be your favorite, but it’s the most important.

 

Q: Are you on social media? Our dancers would love to follow you!

A: Yes! Follow me on Instagram @mpdeeb!

 

Q: What has dance taught you?

A: Dance has taught me how to be confident and to assert myself in space. It’s the place where I feel most confident and the most “me.” It’s not just a part of me… it IS me! I don’t know where I’d be if I hadn’t followed my cousin to our dance studio at age five.

 

Q: Dancing is tiring! What’s your favorite food to help you refuel after a day of dancing? 

A: Greek yogurt, low-fat string cheese, and an apple with peanut butter are my go-to snacks to get through a busy dance day. I also love protein bars – I’m a vegetarian so I need to get my protein in! Quest and Think Thin bars are my current faves. I try to always have something to munch on, since I rarely get a chance to sit down and eat a whole meal on a busy day! Oh, and WATER! Chug it. Gallons of it. Gotta stay hydrated!

 

We’ll see you at our next stop, Michael! Dancers, keep checking our blog to get to know more about our great faculty and staff.