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DWTS Season 28: Week 6 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Oct 22, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

This week’s competition started off very colorful, with Ally and Sasha dancing the Quick Step. Sasha looked like a crayon, resplendent in bright yellow: Matte-finished yellow shirt, yellow pants, yellow shoes and yellow suspenders. (Yikes!) Ally was also monochromatic a bright crayon green (at least on my monitor). Her Kelly green satin charmeuse skirt matched her spandex leotard, which is difficult to do: coordinating a perfect match between woven and knit fabrics. After doing some research online, I am seeing that there are companies that do this, but for the average ballroom dancer, there are not many options to exactly match these two different types of fabrics, as exactly as seen with Ally’s costume. Her costume was tailored and modest with a nude center front panel that helped elongate her bodice. Of course some rhinestones accented her simple style. Their costumes? ‘Adequate.’

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DWTS Season 28: Week 5 Disney Night Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Oct 15, 2019 @ 11:10 AM

*****Spoiler Alert! Disney Night on “Dancing with the Stars” created some magic and no contestants are going home!!! Other Disney magic – was the opening number, video-taped at Disneyland with NO ONE ELSE AROUND! My guess is that this may have occurred in the middle of the night…as it was dark and I don’t think Disney could have created that!

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DWTS Season 28: Week 4 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Oct 09, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

It was a magnificent monochromatic medley of classy costumes, this 4th week of competition on “Dancing with the Stars”! It was definitely a tasty visual treat for me! Ahhh….what is more pleasing than mint green matching fabrics with mint green embellishment on both dancers???? ...Maybe matching magenta on both dancers?

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Dancing Halloween Costumes

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Oct 02, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

If you are a dancer, you already have a ‘leg up’ on creating your Halloween costume! Look in your closet…what do you see? Perhaps any number of themed costumes that could be pulled into service as a ‘sexy something or another’, right? Accessorize an old themed costume with outrageous makeup, hair and jewelry and of course, a mask!

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DWTS Season 28: Week 3 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Oct 01, 2019 @ 13:10 PM

Looky, looky… I see Jonathan Scott with a really good seat! My favorite ‘Brother’ didn’t sign up for this season, but rumor has it that it could happen in the future!!!

I always enjoy “Movie Night” at “Dancing with the Stars” and yes, I enjoyed this week’s costumes and dancing. Of course, some costumes more than others.

‘Spoiler Alert’….I saw this hours before the live show aired… Ray and Cheryl bowed out, as Ray re-injured an old foot problem and had to drop out of the competition. The show kept the drama going but I knew that no one would be going home this week…and I was right. I did enjoy seeing a past Mirror-Ball-Trophy winner dance in Ray’s place, with Cheryl. Short notice, and a really ugly costume for Rashad (I’m glad I didn’t find a photo). Cheryl’s was lovely, with lots of fringe on her costume.

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Guest Blog: Three Reasons Your Dancers Need Strength Training in Their Classes

Posted by Guest Blogger Katie Groven on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

Dancers need strength training in their classes to support the demands of long rehearsals, varying styles of dance and dancer’s personal desire to push themselves past their limits. Dancers are a unique type of athlete, they perform movements that take them in the air, to the floor and display an incredible amount of strength and endurance in every performance. We’re asking so much more of our dancers so it’s only fair we provide them with the tools they need to succeed.

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DWTS Season 28: Week 2 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Wed, Sep 25, 2019 @ 11:09 AM

As my guest blogger, Mercedes stressed, last week, we are into our ‘oh, my….crazy busy’ time of our year, so she is back to trying to keep it all together for our wonderful clients around the country! I totally agree with her three picks last week, BTW.

After a quick family vacation (that of course included my viewing two costume/fashion exhibits at my FAVORITE F.I.T. Museum and then a subway ride to The Brooklyn Museum to see the FABULOUS Pierre Cardin “Future Fashion” retrospective, I am so incredibly inspired!

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DWTS Season 28: Week 1 Costume Critique

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Thu, Sep 19, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

I would like to tell you about my 3 favorite Dancing with the Stars costumes! Then it’s back to work… because we’re gearing up for a busy dance season, and these costumes aren’t going to design themselves.

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How Are We Inspired?

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Sun, Sep 08, 2019 @ 18:09 PM

Inspirations for dance and show choir costume designs come from everywhere…from movies, Broadway shows, Award Show Red carpets, magazine pictorials showing what celebrity stars are wearing, street fashions, ready-to-wear or couture fashion shows etc. Inspirations can also come from viewing competitions or performances of your competitors, mentors or even the groups or individuals that we work with. AND from the hidden caverns of our designers’ brains!

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Dance Costumes: Buy Online, 'Off-the-Rack', or Custom Created

Posted by Deborah Nelson on Tue, Sep 03, 2019 @ 10:09 AM

We march forward with more and more options for online shopping. Traditional brick and mortar stores continue to fade away and disappear. Yes, many ‘big box’ stores are trying to hang on – some with success, some not. Unfortunately many small, mom-n-pop stores are going out of business, although some are surviving because of their internet presence.

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