With German Open Dance Championship starting next in only few days, we decided to write about dance gain. Basically, dancing is storytelling that uses music and movement instead of words. In our modern culture people are accustomed to having things spelled out. They expect passionate monologues in films, or dramatic dialogue on TV. Dance transcends these conventions by presenting art that is both subtle and flamboyant.
Creating a beautiful, memorable visual story is a collaborative effort involving the dancer, costume designer, and the music. Every visual element of the performance should flow together in order to tell the audience the story as vividly as possible. One way to highlight the key emotional themes of the story is to connect your dance costume to your music with Swarovski Crystals. Here are three ideas for creating an unforgettable outfit that highlights the dancer and weaves together with the music into a perfect dance choreography.
Connect With Color
Colors have powerful emotional and psychological associations. When designing your dance costume, think about the tone of your music. Is it sunshine yellow? Fiery red? Moody blue? Tranquil green? Dancers and designers should listen to the music together several times in order to identify dominant themes, subtexts and contradictions. There is a rainbow of crystals from Swarovski available so think in terms of shade and movement. Romantic tunes can transition from innocent pale pink to sexy scarlet. Happy melodies can glow a vibrant orange but be shot through with streaks of dark melancholy. Use Swarovski crystals on your costume to illustrate and amplify the emotions in the music. Enrich your audience’s experience, without having to say a word.
Swarovski 2088 Flat Backs no Hotfix in Light Rose AB, Paradise Shine and Silver Night
Connect With Shape
The most popular crystal shape for dancing dresses is round crystals, either Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix or Flat Backs no Hotfix. These classic crystals are perfect for a range of costumes and signal elegance, sophistication and tradition. Small round crystals are superb for creating rippling, shimmering effects on long sleeves, skirts, or trains. If you’re using them over a large surface, then hotfix crystals may be a better option. In this way you will get consistent coverage that withstands the rigors of dancing.
Alternatively, you can choose uncommon shapes to create daring, unusual looks. Bold geometric crystals can signal an edgy character. Egyptian goddesses, sci-fi queens, and flappers are characters who would shine in oblong, diamond or snowflake crystals. Opting for wider spacing between crystals will emphasize the drama of the shape. Choosing different sizes and mixing symmetry with asymmetry are also ways to create eye-catching variations on familiar costume shapes. Such a design will pair perfectly with unconventional music choices.
Connect With Placement
One of the most powerful ways to connect your dance costume to your music is via crystal placement. This is a challenge that requires a deep level of understanding of motion, materials and music. The costume must fit and flow perfectly on the dancer’s body. This is where designer/dancer teamwork is so important. The designer should watch the dance closely, studying not just the dancer but also the movement of the costume fabric, shoes, hair, and fingertips. Every moving part must blend seamlessly.
Once the designer and dancer agree on the general design of the costume they can look for moments where a flash of crystal could complement the music. Use Swarovski Sew-on Crystals or glue-on Flat Backs no HF in place to accentuate specific movements, like a twirl or a lift. It may be as discreet as sparkling stones from Swarovski on the heel of a shoe, or ornate as crystal gauntlets, revealed by an upraised arm at the climax of the dance. Swarovski stones can also be sewn into the lining of a partners tailcoat, or hidden in the brim of a hat to be shown with a flourish. With an almost infinite range of sizes, shapes, colors, and types of crystal available, the options are as wide-open as the creators’ imaginations. Then all that’s left to do is dance!
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