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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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!

 

Faculty Spotlight: Kyle Shukis

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Convention season is in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our dancers and staff are in it to win this year. We had the chance to speak with one of our great faculty members, Kyle Shukis, about why he loves to teach at Convention – and what he hopes you’ll learn this year. Read on to learn more about Kyle!

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

A: I am always excited to work with a bunch of new dancers but also look forward to the students who return each year.  Getting to see their growth over time is so rewarding!

Q: If you could give one piece of advice to the dancers coming to Convention, what would it be?

A: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  So many dancers get used to the same teachers and styles and let that box them in.  Conventions are a great place to challenge yourself in new ways and you can grow so much as a dancer in just one day!

Q: How long have you been teaching dance?

A: I started teaching dance as an assistant when I was only fifteen and haven’t stopped since!

Q: What kind of dance classes do you enjoy teaching the most? Which ones will you be teaching at Convention?

A: I love teaching classes that push your thought process as well as your technique – improvisation, choreography, movement studies etc.  I will be teaching both contemporary and jazz at the convention and love those, as well!

Q: You have a lot of experience in many areas of the dance world – which part of this industry is your favorite?

A: I used to do a lot of work on the side as a lighting designer in NYC – it was a great way to supplement my income as well as have a flexible schedule.  It’s amazing how much lighting can change and influence a piece of work and you truly feel as though you are a part of what is happening on stage.

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

A: I honestly think that much as the way magazines can cause people to have image problems, social media and what is posted dance wise often has the same effect on young dancers.  Most of what people post and share are things that are “perfect” and when inundated with these videos and images it causes young dancers to think they aren’t good enough.  Always remember that people are only going to post their best, and no matter how amazing a dancer is, they have both fallen and failed at something – you just aren’t there to see it.  Use these posts for inspiration, but don’t let it dictate what you feel like you need to be as a dancer.

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

A: I was in an all-dance production of “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.”  I got to play Edmund and it was so fun to have to portray a child while also performing challenging movement.

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: I always struggled with flexibility as a younger competition dancer.  Learning how to stay warm and stretch properly and for the right amount of time helped increase my range by a huge amount.

Q: What is your favorite dance memory?

A: I have so many! One of my favorites was getting to work an extended residency in the Cayman Islands where we taught residents in the community about dance.  Everyone was so welcoming and so open minded and excited to learn new things.  We also got to perform on an open air stage outside where chickens would wander into the wings – it was so cool!

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

A: I love Michelle Obama on social media – she is so inspirational as a person and does so much good work around the world.  She has a snapchat that really lets you in to see how much she does each day and she is always full of positivity.

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

A: Yes! My Instagram is kyleasaurusrex.

 

We can’t wait to see you at our next Convention stop, Kyle! Dancers, check back here to learn more about our amazing faculty and what’s in store for you this season! Are you coming to convention? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter!

What would I tell you?

There are two types of people in the world: people that have been dancing for as long as they can remember, and those who are about to start dancing. As a long-term dancer, what do you wish you had been told when you aspired to be where you are now? If you could turn back time and tell yourself anything about dance and what it would take, what would that be? Check out the 5 things we have found that older dancers would like to tell up and coming dancers:

Screen Shot 2015-10-29 at 5.29.11 PMAs a dancer, you should never compare yourself to other dancers. We are all dancing and learning at our own pace. You cannot expect to pick up and be on the same page as someone that has been dancing his or her whole life. For some it may come easier than others, but do not get discouraged about it! In the beginning you will have all sorts of thoughts about your abilities. That is the beautiful part of the journey. Keep working hard and give it your all!

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You should always walk in to the studio with your head held high, ready to learn. Every dancer is learning at a different pace. Dance is all about confidence. Confidence is the belief that you can do whatever you put your mind to. People can tell if you are confident or not. If you walk out on that stage with confidence in yourself, your dance will reflect that confidence.

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Training is the most important aspect of dance, since practice DOES make perfect. If you are consistent in your practice and your training, you will continue to improve. There will be days where you do not feel like going to practice. You will want to be at the next high school football game or a friend’s birthday party. Commitment is key in being a successful dancer. You might not see the results right away, but every long term dancer can tell you that practice is what makes you the best. When training gets hard, do not quit!

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Dance is all about being you. You can be an introverted dancer or an extroverted dancer; however, the most important thing is that you are not shy about your dancing. You want to walk off that stage knowing you gave it your all. Surprisingly, being shy goes hand in hand with being confident in yourself. The higher level of confidence you have, the less shy you will be. Even if you are nervous before your first competition or recital, walk out there with positive intentions and act like you own the stage. Everyone will be thinking, “Wow! She just owned that stage!”

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You have to put yourself and your talents out there. If you do not take a chance and show people your abilities, they will never know they exist. You have already conquered the first step of putting yourself out there by starting the next season! Before you ever started dancing, you were the only person that knew you could dance. Now is your chance to bring your talents to the stage and show them off! Be willing to put yourself in the front row, ask questions, and show them what you’re made of.

As you can see, dance takes a lot of confidence, hard work, trust, encouragement, and belief in yourself. The best dancers out there did not take an easy road to get there. All dancers have moments where they felt like they had failed, messed up, or even wanted to give up. Committing to something and aspiring to be great at it is hard work. Be the best you can be and do the work to get to the top: THIS is what “I” would tell “you!”

The Love Language of Dance

A love language is considered a verbal or non-verbal form of communication which can improve the mental and physical well-being of a person.  The art of dance has historically been a way of expression, contributing to physical and mental fitness and even as a means of survival for ancient cultures.

 

Dance was a way of communicating and bonding in prehistoric times.  Researchers examined the DNA of a group of dancers and non-dancers and found that the dancers shared two genes associated with a predisposition for being good social communicators.  Dance has long been considered a universal language that can communicate emotions more powerfully than words.  Because of the important communication component, dance became an important tool for social interaction and bonding.  Some scientists even think the ability to dance was a way of survival during the ice age.  In fact, LiveScience reports that  humans who were rhythmic and coordinated may have had an evolutionary advantage.

 

There are many ways to express feelings and emotions; writing, visual arts or music.   Dance, however, is a way to express your unique self and connect your body to your soul.  Through dance, emotions can be expressed by all parts of the body.   Dancers know how easy it is to lose themselves in their dance and escape from the real world.  The experience allows the dancer to discard the past, forget the future and be in the moment.

 

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You may know that dancing makes you feel good, but did you know that there are scientific reasons for that feeling?  Dance regulates levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body and can be an important way of improving emotional health by reducing stress.  Additionally, coordinated movements stimulate the brain’s reward centers.  The social implications of being a part of a community of like-minded individuals contributes to the emotional benefits of dancing as does the confidence that is gained from pursuing the activity.

 


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Is there anyone on the planet who has ever said that they feel worse after dancing?  The synergy of mind, body and spirit brought together through movement is what makes dance the ultimate Love Language.  February is a good month to reconnect with yourself through dance.  We would like to share that bond with you.  Post a picture on our Facebook,  Twitter  or Instagram (@danceplatinumco) pages or tag us to show how dance is your ultimate LOVE language!