Monday, October 6, 2014

iDance4acure

Dance with a purpose, dance for a cause. . . dance for yourself and not the applause.

iDance4acure is the perfect way to combine your passion to dance and at the same time dance for a cause.  Look no further as you have just stumbled upon a great opportunity to do just that!  Dance to bring awareness and  help raise funds to end childhood cancer.

iDance4acure is a national action based non-profit campaign which raises funds through dance events around the country. From studio to studio across the nation or as an independent person you can make a difference and have fun all at the same time.

iDance4acure makes it easy to be apart of the solution.  You can make a donation, no minimum required. You can, as a studio join the cause and participate in events such as dance marathons, national organized events and so on. You can build a team at your studio or build a team on your own or as an independent member by registering as a virtual dancer or you can sponsor a dancer.  
You can help!

Do what you love while helping someone that they love. Unite and conquer!



For more information on how you can be dancer vs. cancer visit the website www.iDance4acure.org



Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Sounds" like a good idea

Portable Speakers. . . 



Ah the sound of music.  It's that time of year, again, already!

Indeed, competition season is over, although there are still a few National competitions going on, however, on the whole, the recitals have come and gone, the stage lights are off and the excitement of hurry up and wait for your time (your child's time I should say) to be a star for 2 minutes and 30 seconds is over. For a brief period of time, umm like 2 weeks, everyone gets a break from all the things that dance demands.  

By now many have already begun to choose their genre's and music for next year.  Yes, that's right.  By the way, if you haven't picked out a song, snagged your teacher and committed a time slot for practices, then I'm sorry to say that you are officially behind!  Most dance studios and their students have already begun training and are learning routines for the 2015 dance season.  Yes, I said 2015. Break is over folks : )


With that said, there are new gadgets that are now available or arriving soon that are sure to make the 2015 dance season more tech easy and organizedSo, let's chat a bit about speakers.  
There are a lot of portable speakers on the market today. However, not all speakers are created equal.  Some are definitely better than others.  There are several brands of speakers that come in various shapes, sizes and colors.  There are however, only two types of speakers for connectivity purposes. Wired and wireless.

This year, 2015, I am going with the wireless, version of portable speakers.  A few reasons for this. . . Last season I tested out several various portable speakers. There is definitely a difference in quality, not so much price, which is surprising.  Anyway, long story short (pun intended), wireless, Bluetooth is the way to go.  Here's why.  The wires tend to be fragile, messy, inconvenient and all to often get caught up in other paraphernalia. If and when the wires get pulled away or out from the speaker it is then rendered useless. Good bye speaker and money.  Lastly, wired no longer equates to sound quality. Case in point. . . Bose, need I say more.


Wireless, Bluetooth portable speaker
Let's face it, we live in a high tech society. We expect quick, easy and dare I say quality products at a cheap price.  In regards to speakers and the sound quality we are living in a time where we no longer have to, nor should we expect to have a sound device be hard wired into our electronic gadgets, be it a television a stereo or a cell phone, to get a great sound from a small speaker.  So, without further ado, allow me to introduce to you my newest find. 

This speaker has amazing sound quality!  It is currently available in four colors with more colors arriving soon.  This speaker is wireless, Bluetooth, durable and yep, waterproof too! You can get these little guys wet, spill on them and wipe them off.  You can take them to the pool or even into the shower.  They are not submersible, so don't go crazy!  The idea that you can wipe off dirt and grime in and of itself is a huge selling point for me. Lastly, with it's suction cup technology this particular speaker adhere's to darn near anything.  This speaker will connect to any Bluetooth device. With it's soft yet durable exterior, it's sticking power, portability and the sound quality, all for less than $20.00, yeah, this is the speaker for us!

Happy dancing and listening too!

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Removing Competition & Recital make-up

Simple tips and tricks on how to safely & naturally, remove competition & recital dance make-up.

By now most of us dance moms are in the thick of competition season.  All of those months of lessons and preparations are now being shown off on the stage!

If you have visited the website, Level Up Dance Supplies or have been on pinterest or read my blog post,"How to apply dance competition & recital make-up," then you know that there is a printable step by step guide on how to apply make-up. 
Now that you know how to apply make-up, here are a few tips on how to remove stage makeup.

You can of course go to the store and purchase products that have been sitting on the shelf for goodness knows how long which are likely expensive and filled with potentially harmful chemicals, or you can take a completely different approach and use inexpensive natural products.  Choosing the nature made option, which by the way is the less expensive and is a safer choice, will get you the same, if not better results than mass produced products and are less likely to result in harmful side effects. 

Either way, the goal is to remove all of that make-up that is temporarily set upon those precious faces. I'd like to point out that most make-up removers that are purchased in a store, any store, are meant for the more mature face, not that of a young girl. All store bought products that are labeled for and intended use as "makeup remover" have potentially harmful chemicals in them. This is not ideal for all faces, most especially not that of a young girl.
As a dance mom to a 12 year old girl, I feel compelled to promote a more natural way to take off all that stuff that goes onto a dancer's stage face.  

There are only two products that I am going to showcase. This is because all cotton rounds or cotton balls lead back to the same few items.  So without further ado here are the best natural, inexpensive and most effective products to remove makeup for use as both eye and facial makeup remover.

   
Extra-virgin Olive oil  

There are a variety of other oils that you can mix with olive oil such as castor oil, (yuck) coconut oil, etc. or just use as a stand alone product. You can mix a bit of water and baby shampoo, yes I said baby shampoo. Remember the commercial " no more tears" (It's a rhetorical question).

Simply apply the oil with a cotton round, because cotton balls may leave cotton debris on the eye, then wash off with a hot wash clothe. It doesn't get any simpler than that!



The other and very inexpensive product is Witch Hazel.  Again, you can use as a stand alone product or mix it.  A fantastic combination is a 1/4 c of Witch Hazel and a 1/4 c of olive oil.  Pour ingredients into a bottle and shake vigorously. Apply with a cotton round and then rinse off.

Thanks for reading and Happy Dancing!



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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dance Moms helping Dance Moms, Tips, Advice & helpful Links

Dance Moms helping Dance Moms; Tips, Advice & Links

The internet highway. . . A road that leads us to a vast amount of information, sometimes.  When I was young, we had a small dictionary.  No internet, no cell phones, no cable t.v.  If we needed to know something we actually had to find a book on the subject.  Often I would find myself hoping that our one small blue dictionary that we had would have what I was looking for.  It was tough to write a report if you weren't prepared in advance, that's for sure.

Nowadays, you just go online.  Almost instantaneously you can find something on any subject matter.  Sometimes the information is quite accurate, sometimes you experience information overload and sometimes, well, you just don't seem to be able to find what you're looking for.  

The dance world is one of those subjects where there's not so much information out there.  So, some of us Blog.   We dedicate a part of our life to better inform those dance moms who are maybe new to the sport.  Even for experienced dance moms, such as myself, there is always something new out there on the information highway.  Whether it's a website that we haven't come across or a link to dance songs, dance wear, dance competitions, etc.  there's always a dance mom out there that goes the extra mile to help you navigate down Dance Blvd.  So just keep looking, you're sure to find us out there willing to assist you with great advice, helpful tips and a link or two.

Yourdailydance.com is a great all in one place to get you started down the path of the world of all things dance.  Of course, my blog conservativedancewear.blogspot.com is a good place too!
A great place to shop for all of your dance needs is Discount Dance Supply.  They have the lowest prices for all the name brand shoe wear, leotards, etc.  Use code TP67920 and receive an additional discount off of your total purchase.

Got a question?  Need an answer?  Simply submit your inquiries or suggest a specific subject and we'll do our best to assist you.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and be informed of sales events, new products etc. 

Good luck and Happy Dancing!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dance shoe size matters-Choosing the right dance shoe


How important is it to have a proper fitting dance shoe?  VERY!  Experts say "A quarter of parents say they don’t get their children properly fitted for shoes on a regular basis and with ill fitting shoes causing anything from bunions and athletes foot to far more serious long term issues like back problems and bone deformation, experts are worried about the harm being done to the health of millions of children." 

More often than not we don't notice that are children's feet have grown out of their shoes.  Case in point;  At the beginning of the fall dance class season, which was September, my daughter was a street size 1 shoe.  Small feet for a small girl for sure.  By the time November came around her foot had grown and increased 2 whole shoe sizes.  My daughter, who recently turned 12, had very steadily increased her shoe size by 1/2 every year since young toddler hood, talk about a growth spurt! Luckily for her, being that I am in the business of selling dance shoes and all things dance, I was able to quickly get her into a new shoe. 
Rare is it that a child says my shoes are too small.  It's difficult in our busy lives to take the time or
make the time to constantly have our children sized for shoes.  

FACT:  If a dance shoe does not fit properly than your child will not be able to dance properly. 
When your shoes are too small and your toes are cramped, or just as bad, your toes are coming out of the tip of the shoe, you simply cannot and will not have proper dance technique.  Thus the beginning of bad dancing habits.  Try this; put on a pair of shoes that are too small and too tight.  How does it feel at the end of the day when your toes are cramped and aching?  Yeah, it's tough to dance correctly when your shoes have seen better days.  Studies have proven wearing shoes that are too small can cause serious long lasting problems.
Bob Hardy Fellow of the Society of Shoe Fitters comments: “Ill fitting shoes are most uncomfortable when you are active so shoes that don’t fit will discourage kids from enjoying physical activities that help to keep a healthy mind and body. Most kids aren’t even aware their shoes are a factor so as a result don’t complain to their mom or dad.”

Here's a secret.  There are only a few dance shoe companies.  Yet, there are so many "brands" of dance shoes.  A big name brand company will own several other brands of shoes.  Ever wonder why one shoe looks so much like another yet they are a different price?  Yeah, it is because they were made my the same manufacturer, over seas, by the way.  Case in point;  Bloch owns 5 different dance shoe brand names.  Same thing goes for Capezio, etc. etc.  It's the same thing in the automobile industry.  Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar.  All are Ford products.  Some cars are almost exactly alike, the difference is the interior and some minor differences in the engine output.  Same goes for shoes.

Anyway, back to the shoe business.  There introductory level shoes, mid-level and so on.  The thing is with shoes is there is not a one size fits all.  Surprise!  Because our feet are so unique you really have to go with what works best for your child's feet.  Of course I have my favorites, shoes that I recommend and shoes that I strongly dislike. This is more about quality.  Then there are shoes that I recommend for narrow and the opposite, very wide feet.  I could literally type for hours talking about shoes.  However, what is most important is fit.  Don't be fooled, just because a shoe is less expensive than another does not mean that it is inferior.  Often the cheaper shoe is just as good as or even better than the more expensive shoe.



In regards to pointe shoes, that's an article within itself.  You must go to a store to try on pointe shoes.  Honestly, going on pointe should only be done if your child is serious about ballet.  If you are a jazz, lyrical, or a contemporary dancer, then you don't ever need to go on pointe and this is from experts.  There are upper level ballet classes that you can take and bypass the whole pointe issue altogether.






Size matters and so does the type of dance shoe that you wear.  Would you wear a tap shoe for a lyrical class?  Would you wear a ballet shoe to a jazz class?  You shouldn't wear a ballet shoe to any class except a ballet class. They are different!  Then there is the argument of canvas versus leather.
So, every dance studio, or at least every studio should have a dress code and shoe requirement list.  Some schools like leather.  Some dance schools like canvas.  Sometimes you have options and sometimes you don't.  Often if you are on a team then everyone has to have the same shoe.  If you are serious about dance then be serious about the dance shoe that your child is wearing.

So, a few tips.  Measure often, at least every 6 months. You can measure accurately, at home.  It only takes a few seconds. When it comes to a particular style of shoe and brand, it's all about trial and error.  Spend some at a dance store, if you can.  Nowadays dance stores will charge a fee, as much as $35.00 to try on shoes.  If you buy a pair of shoes than that fee is null and void.

Discount code TP67920
Buying dance shoes online- If you plan ahead and you know the correct street size shoe, than go ahead and order online.  Online retailers are selling the exact same shoe and they come with the same warranty just as if you were buying them at a retail store front.  The only difference is the cost and the time you spend time traveling to and from a store front.  If you go this route than I highly recommend Discount Dance Supply.
If and when you order dance shoes online, be sure to look at the shoe size chart.  Often the size of dance shoe is not the same as the size of a street shoe.  Also, each brand has their own conversion sizes! You will have to look at the provided conversion chart and then make your choice. If you have questions you can simply call customer service.  TP67920, this is a discount code that you can use for multiple purchases at Discount Dance Supply.  Simply input the code at checkout.

Here's an example of a size chart that you MIGHT encounter when converting a child's street shoe size to adult.  Notice too that this particular shoe brand company first has you increasing the shoe size and then giving you the corresponding adult size shoe to purchase.  This is NOT the case with all styles or brands of shoes. 
Converting Child to Adult Sizes
First increase the child street shoe size by two. Then follow the suggested fitting for the adult shoe you are purchasing.
Child Street Size Adult Street Size
1.0 3.0
1.5 3.5
2.0 4.0
2.5 4.5
3.0 5.0
3.5 5.5
4.0 6.0
4.5 6.5



You can do a Google search for a shoe size chart.  There you will find various printable sizing charts which can facilitate you in sizing your child at home. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Packing for a Dance Competition or Recital

Let the packing begin!  2017 is upon us and dance competition season has begun.  I am thus posting blogs that specifically pertain to preparing for competitions.  Embellishing costumes, How to apply rhinestones onto your costumes, 10 easy steps to applying competition & recital make-up and dance bag comparisons.  In keeping with the theme, this post is about what to pack or bring to a dance competition.

Check your list twice
It's has taken years of being on the competitive dance circuit for me to feel comfortable and confident in regards to being prepared.  There are many small things that you simply don't think about bringing to a meet.  For those of you who are first timer's or even still fairly new to the world of dance competitions, congratulations and welcome to the world of dance.

If you are a first timer, be prepared for very long days, long weekends and lot's of down time.  Sometimes you will get lucky and your meet will be near some retail stores and food services. Here you can get out, eat a good, healthy (or not so healthy) hot meal and maybe pick up something that you forgot to pack!  However, sometimes you don't get that lucky.  For the unlucky events, below is a checklist of items that you should always have in your bag.

I would suggest packing the night before or even a few days prior to your event.  Hanging your costumes in one place is a must!  I have to admit that once, only once, I forgot a costume.  Fortunately I was close enough to my home that I was able to rush back and retrieve the costume.  That and the fact that I am always early helped.  It was a team dress too!  Oye vey!  Anyway, I only made that mistake, like I said once.  Also, if you pack ahead of time it allows you plenty of time to add stuff that you may not of thought of putting in your bag or bags.  If you don't have a Rac-N-Roll or or any of the other 6 brands of rolling dance bags on the market, then do yourself a favor and buy one.  Otherwise, I would suggest having a good
garment bag with zippered pockets.  I have the pictured garment bags (to the right) in addition to the Rac-N-Roll dance bag.  Having a garment bag serves a few purposes.  The first one is that it protects the costume/s.  Often the bling can catch
the delicate material of another costume and this can cause tearing issues, especially if you have any lace on your costume. It is also more convenient to carry a costume when it is protected in a bag.
The reason that I say get a garment bag with pockets is because you can compile all of the accessories and necessary shoes for each costume in one place.  This will save you the frustration of digging through a back pack, bag or whatever it is that you are using to transport all of the stuff that you need to have at a competition.

I have listed below a basic checklist that you can follow.  Always, always, always, check and double check to insure that you have all of your costumes and all of the applicable dance shoes that you will need for each performance.  You can always borrow a pair of tights, or a sewing kit or even use someone's make-up etc., but you can't ever borrow a costume or shoes!  Well maybe on a rare occasion you can borrow someone else's shoes, but I wouldn't count on that.

The one thing that I did not put on the list to bring is extra embellishments.  You should, without
hesitation, bring all applicable embellishments, ribbons or whatever you have yourself put on a costume along with matching thread or fabric glue.  You never know when you will have to do a quick and I mean quick, repair job on a costume.  If you've got the extra materials fixing or repairing a costume is easy.  There will almost always be someone in your group that can sew and will likely be happy to assist you.  It's all about being prepared.

Organize your cosmetics
                  Being organized is the key.  The less stress on the dancer the better she/he will perform.  I suggest that you get a cosmetics bag to hold all of your cosmetics and make-up brushes.   Also a separate bag to store all of your hair necessities.  No need to be fancy.  A good strong plastic bag will do.  The point is to be organized.  It's a dance competition, not a brand name who's who and who has what competition.   When you are looking for a specific item, say a bobby pin, you  don't want to be looking for a needle in a hay stack.  Separate and group items.  It's simple and it will save you lots of time and headaches.  Being organized also allows you to easily see if and when you are running low on an item.

Lastly, bring reading materials, cards, electronics and  chargers.  You can of course bring camera's. 
Remember to have extra batteries and a memory card on hand.  Most venues do not allow you to take pictures in the auditorium and you especially cannot use your flash when there is a dancer on stage.  However, you can take pictures outside of the areas where the dancers are performing.


This is just a basic list, you can add or put whatever you like in your dance bag, especially in regards to food and entertainment items.  The goal here is to get you started with a basic 'must have' list.  Enjoy your event, happy dancing and good luck!

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Basic Dance competition or recital, checklist


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Rac-N-Roll Dance bag vs. Dream Duffel bags & accessories


Rac-N-Roll vs Dream Duffel- Competition & recital dance bags and accessories.
Rac-N-Roll with hanging mirror
Dream Duffel with accessories



We are quickly approaching yet another hectic time of year.  
If you're a dance mom, which is probably why you would be reading this post, then you are gearing up for months of early mornings, long days and or weekends because this month, February, dance competitions officially begin.  Therefore, I thought that this would be a good time to post a comparative analysis of the now well known rolling dance bags that are a dancer's and mom's dream.

Okay- So, I'm going to give you my personal and my professional opinion on the two, the only two companies that provide, what I commonly refer to as "rolling dance closets," a term that I have coined to describe these all-in-one style traveling, on wheels, luggage racks.  Am I bias?  Yes, and here's why.

You should know that I avoided purchasing these bags for quite some time.  Frankly, they cost a lot of money and the shipping isn't free, ever.  This is due to the size of the box.  Once I finally took the plunge and had the opportunity to use the bag/rolling closet, I did a "I could of had a V-8" moment!  These bags are great.  You literally tote everything around in one convenient place.  And the wheels, wow! 

The following comparison is based on two points of view.  1.  A dance mom.  2.  A business owner and supplier of all things that pertain to dance.  It should be noted that I personally own both of these bags, thus my opinions and summaries are based on ownership, other dance moms experiences and customer feedback.

My perspective-
Both of these bags are great.  However, there are a few things that separate them and make one of them better than the other.  Both of the bags have adequate storage pockets and netted pockets for additional storage and organization of items such as hair spray, shoes, tights etc.  The Rac-N-Roll bags come in two sizes, medium and large while the Dream Duffel offers 3 sizes, small, medium and large.  They both hold anywhere from 7-15 costumes.  This solely depends on whether your costumes are bulky and poofy or are your average simple costume.  Weight is not an issue in regards to the total capacity of how many costumes either of the bags hold on the rack. Both of the bags have hooks on the inside that hold your costumes in place when the bag is in an upright position.  Both of the bags are durable, well made and roll smoothly and easily.  Both of the bags are somewhat lightweight and lastly, both of the bags boast colored and pattern options and various accessories.

The main difference-
The rack!  The key and critical component of the bag.  This is where the two bags are completely different and this is what makes the bag so desirable in the first place.  Each company has a different yet similar way in which the rack operates in regards to opening and closing, or going up and down.  The Rac-N-Roll rack has to be assembled (3 quick & easy steps) and disassembled each time you use the bag, which can be cumbersome.  The Dream Duffel rack simply, with a push of the side buttons, goes up and down, with each use.  Here's where the problem is.  The quality of the rack and how it operates!  The Rac-N-Roll bar is very sturdy as are the side bars that support the rack.  The Dream Duffel rack and the side support bars are flimsy and completely unreliable.  I must tell you that with the Dream Duffel you never know if the rack will rise to it's full height every usage or if one side will be lower than the other or whether or not the rack will go down!  It is very frustrating.  I have not once experienced these issues with the Rac-N-Roll rack.

Customer service-
When you contact customer service at Dream Duffel they will, not so politely, inform you that you can order replacement parts plus shipping.  Hello, really?  When the cost of an item is approximately $200.00 the last thing that you want to hear from the representative is that you will incur additional costs for an item that should work well in the first place. 

When you contact Rac-N-Roll you will always receive a very polite and positive response from the service representative.  I will say that if and when you need replacement parts from this company, if the product is out of warranty you will have to pay for the parts and shipping too.  However, I have yet to hear from a dance mom, or receive, from a business perspective, anyone ever having to replace any parts from a Rac-N-Roll product.

Accessories-
Indeed both companies sell accessories.  Hands down, Rac-N-Roll products are superior.  No, Rac-N-Roll does not offer all inclusive packages.  They don't need to.  They offer a hanging mirror, which is a must have, a cosmetics bag, garment bags, which I highly recommend and that's it.  The focus of Rac-N-Roll is to provide quality reliable products that are useful.  Rac-N-Roll offers the necessities, period. Dream Duffel offers fluff stuff that you don't need, won't use and honestly, the quality and usefulness is just not there.

Cost- 
Rac n Roll in Camouflage
Rac-N-Roll, the solid color bag is approximately $10.00 less than Dream Duffel.
Rac n Roll in Purple polka dots
                                                         The pattern bags
are the same price.  The shipping is based on zip code.  RNR ships via Fedex only.  DD ships via UPS only. 


Dream Duffel in purple polka dot
Conclusion-
If you want, the original, "rolling dance closet" which by the way is designed and owned by a dance mom,  is better quality and offers great customer care, then you should go with the Rac-N-Roll product.
If you want a copy (and I mean this literally), a product that has known issues and poor customer care, then go with the Dream Duffel.


If you are interested in more information or would like to purchase any Rac-N-Roll products, then you can visit my website.  I am an authorized dealer and have the lowest prices on the web for RNR products.

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