Magazine article Dance Teacher

Behind the Seams

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Behind the Seams

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With fall classes in full swing, it is time to start thinking about how best to display students' developing skills. In this issue, we have assembled a special section, Costume & Production 2002, which brings together the latest trends as well as expert tips for putting together a successful competition number and/or a studio recital.

We have filled 22 pages of this issue with the latest fashions that associate editor Marisa Walker has culled from more than 30 costume companies across the U.S. ("Costumes 2002," page 60). Whether you are searching for a long romantic tutu or a glittery jazz look, you'll find several choices as well as a wide range of other exciting styles. We've picked the best of the season and organized the costumes into themes, ranging from "Broadway Bound" to "Waxing Lyrical" to "Red Hot."

Red hot also describes the career of Elisa Jimenez, thanks to her up-to-the-minute couture creations. Recently she branched out from the fashion world, designing the costumes for choreographer Donlin Foreman's Mean Ole World, performed by Buglisi/Foreman Dance. In "Couture Choreography," page 95, the designer discusses the challenges involved in creating clothes to mesh both with another artist's vision and the practical needs of the dancers.

Marilyn Sotto, a costume designer at Disney in Orlando, is very familiar with creating practical yet beautiful costumes that enable performers to move easily ("Backstage Magic," page 83). Her designs for the upcoming "100 Years of Magic" parades use lightweight, breathable fabrics so that performers won't wilt in the Florida heat, as well as the intricate patterns of an experienced artist. Sotto, who was a sketch artist for legendary film costume designer Edith Head in the 1950s, also offers tips on creating elegant and simple onstage looks for teachers on a budget.

Even the most exquisite costumes lose their luster without adequate illumination, however. …

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