Each sideline dance coach has their own process for ordering. Some allow their team captains to make the decision, while others simply get recommendations from colleagues or make the decisions themselves. Whatever process you choose, it should be one that is easy to do and enjoyable. Here are a few tips you should try when selecting your new uniform.
Find a uniform that fits your team’s style and personality. Do you want a classic, retro, flashy or trendy look? Dancers want a uniform that’s going to look good and make them stand out on the sidelines or performance floor. Finding the right style will help build your team’s identity!
Color is one of the most important factors in choosing a uniform. You don’t want to misrepresent your school or team by wearing a uniform that doesn’t incorporate the correct colors. If the uniform doesn’t come in the exact colors you need, include artwork that utilizes your school’s colors in a fun and creative way. You can also explore custom uniform options which would allow you to incorporate colors that aren’t traditionally available in stock uniforms.
You want a uniform that’s going to compliment all your dancers. Make sure your potential uniform flatters and matches the primary dance style of your team. Take advantage of a sample program and ask for a variety of sizes so you can have each member of your team try them on. This will give you a good visual of how the uniform will fit each dancer before you place your order.
Quality and Durability
When searching for a uniform, look for quality and durability. If you check out uniforms to your team every year, you’re going to want something that will last year after year. Does it stretch without tearing? Does it stain easily? You want your uniform to be able to withstand the wear and tear of washing, drying, dancing at games and performances. Read reviews on potential uniforms to gauge how other teams feel about that style.
Keep your budget in mind when choosing your new uniform. You don’t want to overspend and you also don’t want to under spend on a uniform that only lasts a season. Remember just because a uniform is expensive, doesn’t mean the quality is the best. Do your research and stay within your budget.
Art should be a positive representation of your school and team. Flashy, blingy, or colorful art will catch people’s attention, but classic designs will stay relevant for years to come. It’s important that the art you choose looks good on the uniform.
Head to toe, your look should be cohesive. When choosing your uniform, you should consider how you will accessorize and complete your look. Does the uniform have a matching crop top or will it match the one you currently have? Also, will it look good with accessories like bows, poms, and shoes? A well accessorized uniform will make your team look sharp!
Your dancers will be wearing the uniform, so it’s a good idea to get their input. Get them excited! If your team is bought into the uniform chosen, they will feel confident on the sidelines and during their performances. Senior dancers or team captains would be a great resource when choosing your team’s new look.
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