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Dance Studio Hacks: Holiday Edition Pt. 1 ›

Posted December 15, 2017 in Behind the Scenes, News & Updates, Tips and Tricks

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Dance studio holiday decorations that are easy and cheap to make!


Decorating your dance studio for the holiday season can add a twinkle of magic to the classroom. But on top of everything else you must accomplish during December, it can make decorating your studio feel less like fun, and more like a hassle. We are here to spark your inspiration with three days of dance studio holiday hacks!

Our holiday hacks are not only inspirational, they are also cheap and easy to make! PLUS, these hacks don’t require you to buy ANY new decorations! Utilize materials that are already hiding in your studio… Costumes, catalogs, hairpieces, shoes and more can create the winter wonderland of your dreams.



10 minute assembly

Watch how-to video below!


      • A mannequin form and stand
      • 6 to 8 tutus in various sizes
      • A Revolution costume


      • Ornaments
      • Ribbon
      • Tree lights



Step 1: Assemble the mannequin stand, but keep the mannequin form off to the side for now.

Step 2: Slide the tutus in descending order on the mannequin stand, with the largest tutu on the bottom and the smallest on the top. Take the attached hanger loops of the bottom tutu, and loop them through the loop holes of the second tutu. Repeat this for all tutus until they are all looped together in a chain.

Step 3: Dress the mannequin form in your favorite holiday themed Revolution costume. Then, attach the form to the tip top of the mannequin stand.

Step 4: Take the top tutu and dress the mannequin body with the waistband underneath the costume. You can secure with clips or safety pins. All of the looped tutus will cascade below creating a tree effect.

Step 5: Add lights, ornaments, ribbon or any other desired tree dressings.

Step 6: Place the Tutu Tree in a corner of your lobby for a festive treat that parents, teacher and kids can appreciate!

Want to learn how to make a tutu wreath for your dance studio?


DID YOU USE THIS HOLIDAY HACK FOR YOUR STUDIO? Share a picture with us on Facebook and Instagram!


Meet our fabulous customer service reps! ›

Posted January 23, 2015 in Behind the Scenes, News & Updates

We thought you’d like to put faces to names (and voices!). Our amazing Customer Service reps are why we’re able to provide you with top notch service each and every day.




Susan O.








2015 Costume Collection Preview ›

Posted July 7, 2014 in Behind the Scenes, News & Updates

Here’s the first sneak peek of our 2015 Costume Collection. Coming soon to!


Meet the Design Your Dream 2012 Finalists ›

Posted October 3, 2012 in Behind the Scenes, Dance Inspiration

Three talented Revolution Dancewear “Design Your Dream” contest finalists converge on our Chicago offices to work with our professional designers and make real life prototypes of their dancewear designs — one of which will go into production and be available in the Revolution catalog next year.


Vote for Your Favorite Design on Facebook now:


Road to Revolution ›

Posted January 26, 2012 in Behind the Scenes

My earliest memory is of me at three years old. I was dressed in a powder-blue chiffon dress edged in pink flowers, with a wreath of matching flowers in my tightly-curled ginger hair. I can still recall how the skirt twirled and danced with me as I proudly remembered the steps to “Me & My Teddy Bear.” It was my first dance recital and it was love at first plié. I knew, even as a precocious three year old, that dance would be a part of my life forever.

From the time I was three until I graduated high school, I spent a large chunk of every day dancing, but my love for the arts didn’t stop with dance. I loved theatre and music as well. I started off college as an acting major with a dance minor, but something was starting to change within me. My love for theatre and dance didn’t waver, but I was finding myself wanting to look at the big picture, wanting to focus on the story from the other side of the stage. It was during my sophomore year that one of my professors saw something in me that I didn’t know was there. I was a little apprehensive when she asked me to design the costumes for the spring musical, but by the time the curtain rose on opening night, I was hooked. I continued dancing of course, but I ended up graduating from college with a focus on costume design.

At that point, I decided that if I wanted to be a costume designer I needed to go all in. I applied for the top masters programs in the country and was thrilled to be accepted to New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. The next three years at grad school were some of the most grueling, intense times of my life. They were also some of the most exciting and rewarding. After I earned my MFA in costume design I spent the next few years in NYC working as a freelance costumer, designing for film, Broadway, international opera and of course… dance. I was lucky enough to work with a huge variety of talents, from Mikhail Baryshnikov to Spike Lee to Green Day.

I had moved to NYC with nothing but a suitcase and a dream and although my time in New York was a dream come true, sometimes an unexpected door opens where you least expect it. I found out that Revolution Dancewear was looking for a costume designer in my hometown of Chicago so I jumped at the opportunity to learn more. When I found out that they were looking for someone who could incorporate their love of dance with their passion for design, I was thrilled. When I realized that my job was to design costumes for thousands of little girls to wear for that exact moment when they fall in love with dance for the rest of their lives… I realized that this opportunity was the ultimate dream come true.

So here I am, designing costumes for Revolution Dancewear, where you can usually find me with music blasting, pencil in my hand drawing and my feet dancing under the table. Life has taken me down an amazing path from one stage to the next. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but one thing is for sure, you’ll still find me dancing!


By Jenilee Houghton

Director, Creative Development




The Making of Our Catalog: Strike a Pose ›

Posted July 19, 2011 in Behind the Scenes

In our second behind-the-scenes webisode you’ll meet Abigail, one of our older models. She grew up in the arts world, and fell in love with dance at age two after seeing her first ballet. Her love for performing makes her a natural in front of the camera!