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Recital Theme Ideas from Your Fellow Studios ›

Posted January 4, 2018 in Dance Inspiration, Recitals, Tips and Tricks

Choosing a dance recital theme doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Set out on an inspiration adventure with our recital theme ideas below!

*This blog was updated on January 4th, 2018!*

We posted a question on our Facebook page asking about your recital themes for this year. The response was so great we’ve decided to turn it into a blog post for your future reference and inspiration – make sure you bookmark it!

If you’d like to add your theme for this year just leave us a comment!

Here is what your fellow studios are doing this year:

  • 80’s
  • A Night at the Movies
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • America’s History
  • And the Winner Is – Do a play on the Oscars, and celebrate everyone being a winner.
  • Anything Goes
  • Around the World
  • Blast from the Past – Do songs from past recitals in celebration of an anniversary.
  • Burlesque
  • Candy Land
  • Cirque de Soleil
  • Colors or Kaleidoscope – Use songs about colors.
  • Come Fly With Me – Highlight tourist spots and monuments that you visit on vacation, both man-made and natural.
  • Come Take a Sea Cruise
  • Dance for a Wish – Give a portion of your money made to Make a Wish Foundation.
  • Dance School Musical – Use songs about school days.
  • Dancepirations
  • Dancers Choice
  • Dancing in the Moonlight
  • Dance Step Repeat: Thirty Years of Artistry in Motion – Use for an anniversary show.
  • Dancing Through the Decades
  • Dancing Through the Year
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Disney or Dancing Through Disney
  • Elements
  • Ella Marie’s Magical Journey
  • Everything Old is New Again – Do an anniversary show and repeat all your favorite numbers from previous years.
  • F.A.M.E. – Use all songs by Frank Sinatra, Adele, Michael Jackson, and Elvis.
  • Fantasy
  • Fashion
  • Feelin’ Good
  • Food
  • Growing Up – Act One: Finding Nemo, Act 2: Jobs & Careers.
  • Happiness Is…
  • Hollywood Lights: Lights, Camera, Dancin’
  • Icons of Music – Use songs by Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney, Beach Boys, etc.
  • Inspiration
  • Legends, Divas, and Superstars
  • Let Freedom Ring
  • Memories & New Beginnings – Do songs from past recitals in celebration of an anniversary with a few new ones thrown in.
  • Once Upon a Time – Choose five fairy tales and dance the stories
  • On Broadway or Razzle, Dazzle, Broadway
  • One Moment in Time
  • Ooh La La, Fancy Nancy
  • Opposites
  • Peace, Love and Dance – Use all positive songs.
  • Portraits in Dance – Introduce the students to classic works of art as each of their dances is connected with one of them. Every few weeks put up a new painting in the studio with a bio on the artist and some interesting info about the painting.
  • Raising the Barre
  • Revival Under the Big Top
  • Rock This Town – Highlight businesses in the community through songs.
  • Rockin’ Across the USA
  • Seasons
  • Shirley Temple
  • Shop Around
  • Small World on Ice
  • Space Jam
  • Superheros
  • Sweet Dreams – Use songs that have to do with the night or dreams.
  • Take Me to a Show – Use songs from a show of some sort: movies, TV, Broadway, MTV, etc.
  • The ABC’s of Dance
  • The Dreams and Aspirations of Seven Siblings
  • The Six Days of Creation
  • These are a Few of our Favorite Things – Have all of your students list their top three favorite things in life and choose songs based on those things. For example, if one student’s favorite flower is a rose, do a ballet dance to “The Rose.” This is a great way to get everyone involved and learn about fellow dancers.
  • Walking the Red Carpet
  • Weather
  • Welcome to the Jungle

Want more recital tips and tricks to make this year your best performance yet? Join us for our Webinar on January, 18th 2018 and plan your best show ever!

Revolution Dance Webinar

Make this your best performance yet!


NOW CLOSED: Design Your Dream 2015: Now accepting entries! ›

Posted May 27, 2015 in Dance Inspiration, News & Updates

Aspiring designers and dance enthusiasts alike, here’s your chance to create a fabulous costume creation and to see it brought to life on stage!

Three lucky finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to beautiful Chicago. Each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and more. Best of all, they’ll spend an entire day collaborating with our costume designers, bringing their winning sketches to life in garment form. One lucky grand prize winner will see their costume brought to production and featured in our 2017 collection!

So dream big! Create a fabulous design and submit a sketch to Revolution Dancewear. Who knows? You could find your creation in our next costume collection!

Somebody’s going to win… Why not you?


Win a trip to the Windy City! Three Finalists will win an all-expense paid trip to beautiful Chicago to visit Revolution’s headquarters.

Last year’s Design Your Dream finalists saw their designs brought to life at our headquarters in Chicago.


Before you break out the sketchbook, there’s a few things you should know.

The contest is open to dance studios and their affiliates. Studio owners, teachers, employees, students (age 13 and over), and parents of students – everybody’s dreams are welcome! Just email or mail your sketch to Revolution Dancewear along with a completed application form by June 26, 2015.

• Revolution Dancewear will choose the ten best designs to go on to the Semifinals round. Designs will be chosen based on aesthetics, creativity and usability.

• Semifinalists’ entries will be uploaded to Facebook where users can vote for their favorite sketch. Voting will begin on July 15, 2015, at 8:00 am CST and end on July 24, 2015, at 12:00 pm CST. Voting is open to all Facebook fans of Revolution Dancewear over the age of 13. Eligible voters may vote only once per design during the voting period.

• The top three designs with the most votes at the end of the voting period will be named Finalists. Finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to beautiful Chicago. Each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations and more. Best of all, they’ll spend an entire day collaborating with our costume designers, bringing their winning sketches to life in garment form. Visit dates are determined after the Semifinalists are announced.

• The Finalist finished garments will then be professionally photographed and voting for the Winner will open on Facebook on September 21, 2015. Fans will once again vote for their favorite design to determine the Winner. In addition, the three finished designs will appear in the Revolution Dancewear booth at the UDMA show with credit given to the designer/studio and directions on how to vote.

• The design with the most votes on October 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm CST will be declared the Winner. The winning design will be produced by Revolution and featured in our 2017 Costume Collection. The winning affiliated dance studio will receive up to 30 free costumes in the winning design (enough for one class) to use in their 2017 recital!



• Designs must be submitted by individuals affiliated with a recognized dance studio. Affiliates include studio owners, employees, students over the age of 13, and their parents. Studios may submit multiple entries on behalf of multiple affiliates; however, only one entry per person.

• Design entries must be submitted in a one-dimensional format – computer rendering or hand sketching is acceptable. Entries may be submitted by mail or email.

• Possible Semifinalists will be notified by Revolution Dancewear by July 8, 2015. All possible Semifinalists will be required to complete and return a signed affidavit and release form within five (5) days. If the form is not completed and returned in the allotted amount of time, the applicant will be disqualified.

• Employees of Revolution Dancewear, associated agencies and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the Contest either as Entrants or Voters.

• All decisions by Revolution Dancewear are final. By submitting and voting, you agree to the 2015 Design Your Dream Official Rules.


  • Submissions (5 weeks): May 25 through June 26
  • Revolution Review (1 week): July 1 through July 8
  • Semifinalist Affidavit Return Period (5 days): July 8 through July 14
  • Semifinal Voting (1.5 weeks): July 15 through July 24
  • Design Development and Photography: July through August
  • Finalist trip to Chicago: late August, date to be determined
  • Final Vote (4 weeks): September 21 through October 19 (Note: The start date for final voting has changed. The new start date will be Monday, Sept. 28, 2015)


Things You’ll Need (Click to Download):

Design Your Dream Application

2015 Design Your Dream Official Rules

Dancer Template Child

Dancer Template Adult


Submit your entry by mail to:

Revolution Dancewear

Attn: Design Your Dream

6100 West Howard

Niles, IL 60714

All Entries must be postmarked by June 26, 2015.


Submit your entry by e-mail to:

E-mail entries must be received by June 26, 2015.



Desktop wallpapers made with love! [downloads] ›

Posted November 13, 2014 in Dance Inspiration

Dress up your computer with our downloadable desktop wallpapers featuring some of the most beautiful images from our 2015 Costume Collection.

How to install the wallpaper to your desktop:

  1. Click the “Download Wallpaper” link next to the image
  2. The full image will open up in your browser
  3. Right-click (or ctrl+click on a Mac) on the image and click “save image as” to save it to your computer
  4. Open the image from where you saved it, right-click (or ctrl+click on a Mac) and choose “set desktop picture”
  5. Enjoy!


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Holiday Song Inspiration ›

Posted October 3, 2014 in Dance Inspiration, News & Updates

Need help finding new and fresh songs to use for your holiday show? We’ve put together a Spotify playlist to help inspire you!


What song are you using for Only Imagine? ›

Posted May 15, 2014 in Dance Inspiration, Recitals

Are you using Only Imagine this year? What song are your students dancing to?

Let us know in the comments!

Only Imagine - Style 438

Only Imagine - Style 438


Tell us about your 2014 recital! ›

Posted January 16, 2014 in Dance Inspiration, Recitals

Photo courtesy of Kinetic Expressions Dance Academy, Daytona Beach, FL

We know how hard you’re working to make this year’s recital picture perfect, so we want to hear all about it! 

What are you most excited about your recital this year?

Simply leave a comment below. We’ll feature some of you and your awesome recital plans on our Facebook page!