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Dance is in our DNA ›

Posted March 20, 2018 in Behind the Scenes

DANCE IS IN OUR DNA

DANCE IS IN OUR DNA-IMAGE-2 Meet our dancers: Suzanne, Becca, Jill, Gina, Samantha, Kate, Alexandra, Jen, Joey, Taylor, and Niki

Revolution Dancewear is where we spend our 9 to 5, but it’s definitely not “work.” All of us share a passion for dance that goes back to our earliest days. We are exceedingly grateful that we get to spend our days doing what we love!


NIKI VP of Sales and Marketing
I started dancing as a girl and went on to earn a degree in Dance Performance. After teaching and dancing professionally for a number of years, I took a job at Revolution. That was ten years ago. I consider myself so lucky to be a part of what happens here!

JEN  Lead Designer
I used to be bullied as a kid and I struggled with self-esteem. At dance class, there was no judgement and it helped me feel better about myself.  Today, I take pride in knowing that the costumes we create help thousands of dancers around the world gain confidence because they look and feel fantastic.

Taylor  Sales and Marketing Associate
I literally grew up at my family’s dance studio. I’m a third generation dancer and dance teacher, and I work at Revolution. I am still awe-struck that my job exists and that I can make a living doing something that I absolutely love.

ALEXANDRA  Digital Marketing Associate
I was involved in intensive dance training from a very young age. I pursued dance in high school and college, then interned in the marketing department of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. This was where it all came together for me, and I’ve been lucky enough to combine my two favorite things ever since.

Samantha Technical Design Associate
What a dancer wears shows off her personality and boosts her confidence. It helps tell the choreographer’s story and conveys a feeling to both the audience and to the person wearing it. I love being a part of the team that makes these things happen!

KATE Creative Development Logistics Coordinator
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved dance as a means of storytelling and human expression. We are so used to relying on words to convey our thoughts and emotions; I love that dance can convey such depth of feeling simply through physical movement.

SUZANNE Director of DanceStudioOwner.com
I was born into the dance business and literally grew up at my mom’s dance studio. The family business has always been a part of my life. I started DanceStudioOwner.com in 2008 and joined the Revolution family in 2013. I still work side-by-side with my mom in the business that’s so dear to our hearts.

JILL Website Manager for DanceStudioOwner.com
I once taught dance to a class of fifth graders, one of whom was in a wheelchair. While collaborating, the students not only included this child, but made him the focal point of their piece. Dance defies boundaries, teaches compassion, and brings
people together.

GINA Photographer
As a dancer, my crowning achievement was when Gary Sinise gave me the role of Cha Cha in Grease! at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater. In college, when I transitioned from dance to fashion photography, my years of training helped me to capture the grace of movement in film.

JOEY Hair and Makeup Artist
I love the artistic expression that dance allows. As a choreographer, I’m inspired by emotional storytelling combined with the physicality of dance. On a photoshoot, I love the challenge of creating the best possible look for Revolution’s amazing creations.

Becca Director of Talent and Human Resources
I studied dance in college with Niki and Joey. Then I joined a
hip-hop dance company in Chicago. After that, I spent some time in Alaska, where I explored Capoeira, a Brazilian art form, as well as hip-hop and West African dance. Now I really just dance in my kitchen. But dance remains central to my life.

 

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.

 

HACK #1…THE TUTU TREE!

10 minute assembly

Watch how-to video below!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

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

Optional:

      • Ornaments
      • Ribbon
      • Tree lights

 

HOW TO ASSEMBLE

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?

VIDEO: WATCH US PUT TOGETHER A TUTU TREE!

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.

Angela

Anna

Jordaya

Susan O.

Sabrina

Kysha

Susie

Yvette

Carol

Melissa

 

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 revolutiondance.com!

 

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: https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionDancewear/app_126231547426086

 

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!

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By Jenilee Houghton

Director, Creative Development