Cookie-Cutter vs. Custom-Made Dance Costumes: 6 Crucial Differences to Help You Choose Correctly

Discover six differences between custom dance outfits vs. catalog costumes, and decide if DA Designs is right for you. Tailor-made and mass-produced outfits can vary greatly when it comes to quality, originality, and design. Learn the pros and cons of each, and make the right choice for your team.

Custom Made Dance Costumes for Pro Teams

#1. Originality

DA Designs costumes are 100% custom-made, and created from scratch just for you. Some companies claim to make “custom” outfits, but they are really just using the same template over and over. They’ll switch out a button for a bow, and pretend that it’s one of a kind.

But you can tell the difference – and so can the judges. DA Designs doesn’t make cookie-cutter costumes. We start with an idea and create a 100% original piece, from the drawing to the finished outfit. You’ll never run into another team that’s wearing the same thing.

Custom Made Dance Costumes for Majorettes

#2. Quality

At DA Designs, we hire the best seamstresses in the business to make costumes of the highest quality craftsmanship. Every outfit is sewn with great care to be extremely

10 Guaranteed Tips to Take Care of Your Custom Dance Costume So It Stays Sensational

Spandex, sequins, rhinestones and fringe – your custom-made DA Designs dance outfit is a true work of art. Our costumes are handcrafted with the highest-quality fabric and workmanship, and with a little TLC they’ll stay in excellent condition.

Do you know how to take care of your custom dance costume so that it stays beautiful as long as possible? Discover ten top tips from the pros at DA Designs Don’t just throw it in the bottom of your bag! Learn how to take care of your custom dance costume, and keep it beautiful longer with a little TLC

Discover ten quick tips to take care of your custom dance costume. Give your outfit the love it needs, and keep it looking beautiful as long as possible.

  1. Treat your custom costume with extreme care. When you are putting your costume on and taking it off, be sure not to over-stretch it in any way. Use delicate motions while you’re getting dressed and undressed.
  2. Hang your costume up after each use until it is completely dry. Passionate performers work up a sweat – and that’s okay! Just make sure that your outfit dries completely before you put it away in a drawer or on a closet shelf. Damp clothes that aren’t allowed to dry can grow mildew, which can be hard to remove (and it smells!).
  3. Store your costume in a safe, dry location away from direct sunlight. Don’t cram your garment into a too-tight space – give it room to breathe instead.

Cheerleaders: Brainiac or Airhead?

The stereotype of airhead has dogged cheerleaders for decades. Where this came from is not certain, but it could be that cheerleaders naturally have bubbly personalities; unfortunately, outgoing is wrongly associated with “dumb.” Attributing this trait to cheerleading is like saying they are not well trained athletes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cheerleaders…

Phoenix Suns Dancers: Twelve months. Twelve custom bikinis. Three colors.

swimsuits-by-dadesignsdancewear-phoenix-suns-dancers-calendarTwelve months. Twelve bikinis. Three colors.

DA Designs partnered with the Phoenix Suns Dancers to design picture-perfect swimwear for the team’s annual swimsuit calendar. Each year, the team director picks a theme for the upcoming calendar; Director Taryn Carmichael came to DA Designs to create swimsuits relevant to each month, while simultaneously showcasing the team’s talent and spirit.

“The challenge for this project was to find cute and recognizable themes for each month,” says Dennette Nakamura, DA Designs owner. “The twist was that we wanted to do them all in team colors.”

Armed with the guidelines, Nakamura and her costume designer Danette Thomas set out to create itsy, bitsy, teenie, weenie, purple, orange and black bikinis. Just 45 days later, the design duo delivered a dozen custom suits for the Suns Dancers.

So what did they come up with?

Cheerleading Coaches: Techniques for Dealing with Parents without Boundaries

It is natural for concerned parents to get involved in their child’s extra-curricular activities. Sometimes, something strange seems to grab hold of parents where school-sponsored athletic programs are concerned. The fine line between interested involvement and parental interference can be crossed without apparent conscious awareness. Since several dynamics are involved – the good of the…

What Warriors Wear: A conversation with Sabrina Chaudhry-Ellison of the Golden State Warrior Girls

Sabrina Chaudhry-Ellison is a warrior.

And now, she’ll lead the Golden State Warrior Girls in the 2012 season as the team’s new Dance Team Director.

With nearly two decades’ worth of professional dance experience, Ellison plans to cultivate a dance team with talent, heart and a whole lot of style.

This year also marks the start of Ellison’s new business, Sideline Ready Pro Dance Consulting. In this venture, Ellison works with professional dance hopefuls and veterans alike. Ellison aims to empower women to gain self-esteem, knowledge and skill to audition and perform successfully.

Join DA Designs as we chat with Ellison about her passion, expertise and hopes for the professional dance industry.

DA: You recently started coaching the Golden State Warriors Girls. What do you hope to bring to the team?

SCE: I want all my dancers to walk away forever changed by being a Warrior Girl.  I try to offer my dancers an environment where they can grow as a person and gain friendships. I believe it’s important to train my team in dance skills and performance quality, but to equally teach them to embrace their intelligence and showcase their inner beauty as a modern day woman.

Lessons in Lycra from The Raiderettes

The Oakland Raiders cheerleading squad, the Raiderettes, spend countless hours dancing their way into the hearts of dedicated football fans around the world. Often referred to as Football’s Fabulous Females, these talented young women take their job of boosting team and fan morale seriously. In April, nearly 300 hopefuls endured the nerve-wracking audition process for…