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CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Every Single DCC Uniform Fitting Video

Like most of you, I am a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.  Every year, I watch CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team series and, by far, my favorite segment is the uniform fittings.  The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders have the most iconic uniforms in all of professional cheerleading and to see the excitement of those women who have made it to training camp and are wearing the uniform for the first time is priceless.

To see more of CMT’s video series on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, click here.

If there is any phrase that exemplifies our American culture, it’s the iconic jingle, “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, they go together in the good ol’ USA.”   If I may editorialize, I would add the “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders” to that phrase.  The DCC are as about “American” as any other icon I can think about.

And we should say thank you to Kelli McGonagill Finglass, the Director of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, for shaping the iconic squad to what they are today.

Check out the Latest from the Pro Cheerleading Podcast: Interview with Terra Saunders

This special bonus episode with Terra Saunders, Owner of Dallaswear Uniforms, is just what our pro cheerleading community needs to feel inspired during this pandemic. Terra’s love for her country and awesome @dallaswear team inspired her to turn a crisis into an opportunity to help make a difference in her community. She openly shares some of her ups and downs as a business owner and her journey of learning to overcome her fears.

Check out this podcast episode here.

The Three Best Color Options for College and Pro Cheer Audition Outfits

Editor’s note: Its audition season and The Line Up, a long time sponsor of UltimateCheerleaders.com, has published, “The Three Best Color Options for College and Pro Cheer Audition Outfits”.  They have graciously agreed to let us share their information with our readers.


The Three Best Color Options for College and Pro Cheer Audition Outfits

By Stephanie from The Line Up

You’ve found your perfect outfit for your pro cheer audition and are ready to order! Now the question is, “What colors do I get?!” With endless possibilities for color combinations for made-to-order styles, we get that it is no easy task to decide!

Every year, we get a lot of questions about the best color combinations for tryout wear, so we’ve compiled a list of the top three color options for your pro cheer audition apparel. Check out the list below!

1. Team Colors

Audition styles in the same team colors – from left to right: 259-53F top, 425-34 top, 420-154 Zsa Zsa top, and 202-10 Sporty top.

Team colors are the most common choice for tryout apparel – and some NFL and NBA cheer teams even require it!  For example, the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders require their candidates to wear purple, white, gold, or black to team auditions. 

Despite these color restrictions, there are plenty of ways to get creative with incorporating your team’s limited color palette into your audition apparel, while still putting your own spin on it to reflect your personality and style. If you’re a sporty kind of lady, apply your team colors to a style with an athletic look. If you’re more feminine, apply your team colors to an outfit with ruffles or a skirt! 

The Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders require that their candidates wear Vikings colors for their audition process.
[Photo via Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders]

2. Bright Colors

Brightly colored audition styles – from left to right: 420-10 B V top, 420-121A top, and 420-207 top.

Make a statement! When in doubt, bright colors always stand out in a crowd and pop against tanned skin. This is a great option if your team allows for flexibility with colors choices, but bright colors could even be incorporated with your team’s branded colors. Go for a brighter or lighter hue of your team color to make your outfit stand out!

Brightly colored audition styles – from left to right: 419-19K Zsa Zsa top, Layla top, and 424 VB top.

3. All Black Everything!

All black audition styles – from left to right: 420-107D top, Chicago top, Aura top, and Gleason Mesh top.

Some teams require all black! This helps give some uniformity to the tryout outfits and candidates. But black tryout apparel doesn’t have to be boring!! Spice it up with sparkly, foil or hologram fabrics to add depth and texture. Use sequins, lace or textural mesh to bring across your personality! An all black color scheme can give your tryout apparel some edge and sass.

All black audition styles – from left to right: 425-5D Zsa Zsa top, 425-5D top, 259-89B top, 411-33 top, and 411-33 Lace top.

To see more audition outfits from The Line Up, please click here.

Sponsor Spotlight: Dallaswear

Editor’s note: The NBA audition season is here and if you are a dancer who is planning on trying out this year, you may want to consider an audition outfit by one of our longtime sponsors, Dallaswear.



THERE IS ONLY ONE DALLASWEAR

For over 20 years Dallaswear Uniforms has designed some of the most iconic uniforms in the industry.  From the Laker Girls to the Atlanta Falcons, our uniforms can be seen on beautiful Pro Cheerleaders in the NFL, NBA, NHL and many college and semi-pro leagues. Our clients come back time and time again because we deliver the hottest, best fitting uniforms in the business… always on time! Take a look at our Gallery to see our hundreds of gorgeous clients!

Excellent Fit

Our outfits are specifically made to flatter all of your best assets. Our  signature ‘Dallas Shorts’ are cut to give you the best low-rise look with the perfect cheek coverage. Our waistbands don’t dig into your skin so there’s no ‘muffin-top’ or bulges. Mostly all of our tops are designed to cover your own personal halter bra, so you can feel secure and comfortable at your audition or on the field. Fashion changes fast, and so do we. Keeping our styles sexy and modern is what makes you stand out in the crowd.

Best Quality Fabrics

We only use the best Spandex Tricot and Poly Blends in our uniforms. Our fabrics are perfectly stretchy and washable. You’ll love the selection of colors that will surely match your team’s colors or  your dream outfit. The fabric we use for the NBA and NFL is the same fabric we use for your dancewear and audition outfits. We believe that when you look good, you feel good (and you dance good!), so all of our Lycra, sequin and prints are top quality. In addition to our wide selection of solid color fabrics, we also have several Limited Edition prints. One of the things that can really make your audition or team outfit stand out is to use fabric with a cool pattern. We add new prints often to keep the style and looks fresh! 

If you are a team director, send us an email from our Contact Us page and we’ll help you design something special.   So have fun mixing and matching all of our styles and prints and create the outfit of your dreams.

Cheers and Love!

Dallaswear Uniforms

Sponsor Spotlight: Satin Stitches New Audition Styles

Editor’s note: The 2019 audition season is right around the corner and if you are a dancer who is planning on trying out this year, you may want to consider an audition outfit by one of our longtime sponsors, Satin Stitches.

2019 Satin Stitches New Audition Styles

By Deborah Nelson, Satin Stitches

Every February our designers at Satin Stitches Ltd create new Pro cheer and dance team uniform and audition looks to present at the NFL Cheerleader Directors Conference.  This year’s event was hosted last week, by the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders and held in our home state of Minnesota!

How do we come up with fabulous new styles, you wonder?

Well, we start with brainstorming on what may be trending in the dance and cheer world, and we all come up with design ideas. Once the final designs are decided upon, our team creates the CAD patterns and then starts to cut, sew and embellish all the new garments, after fabrics are determined.  We check to see how the garments look and fit, before the final rhinestones are added. Then these fabulous new styles are ready for their ‘moment in the spotlight’, at our Pro-Cheer photo shoot.

We scheduled a photo shoot with a former Satin Stitches’ designer who is also a skilled photographer, hire our fabulous models, and the rest is history.  We choose what photos look the best, and publish our official 2019 Look Book to distribute to all the NFL Cheer Directors and simultaneously determine pricing, fabric availability, titles with descriptions and upload all the new styles into our Web Store.

Trending this year? High-rise waistlines on shorts and skirts, along with longer crop-tops, in addition to the traditional bra-top.  Sporty banding and rhinestone embellishments continue to trend, as well as lace and fringe. As seen on the Oscars Red Carpet: pink, red and blush colors are very popular, besides official sports’ team colors.  Sublimation fabrics and branding with team logos continue to be perfect for all teams! Check out our ‘Huskies’, ‘Foxes’ and ‘Sharks’ prototypes.

In our Web Store, every month we advertise a special offer.  This month we are offering free shipping (with our coupon code).  We also expedite most of our audition orders, so you can receive a fabulous customized outfit in even less than a week from www.shop.satinstitches.com!  We don’t recommend that you wait for the last moment to decide on your personal audition costume, but if you do, we’ve got you covered!

Sponsor Spotlight: Dallaswear Uniforms

Editor’s note: The 2019 audition season is right around the corner and if you are a dancer who is planning on trying out this year, you may want to consider an audition outfit by one of our longtime sponsors, Dallaswear Uniforms.

THERE IS ONLY ONE DALLASWEAR

For over 20 years Dallaswear Uniforms has designed some of the most iconic uniforms in the industry. From the Laker Girls to the Atlanta Falcons, our uniforms can be seen on beautiful Pro Cheerleaders in the NFL, NBA, NHL and many college and semi-pro leagues. Our clients come back time and time again because we deliver the hottest, best fitting uniforms in the business… always on time! Take a look at our Gallery to see our hundreds of gorgeous clients!

Excellent Fit

Our outfits are specifically made to flatter all of your best assets. Our signature ‘Dallas Shorts’ are cut to give you the best low-rise look with the perfect cheek coverage. Our waistbands don’t dig into your skin so there’s no ‘muffin-top’ or bulges. Mostly all of our tops are designed to cover your own personal halter bra, so you can feel secure and comfortable at your audition or on the field. Fashion changes fast, and so do we. Keeping our styles sexy and modern is what makes you stand out in the crowd.

Best Quality Fabrics

We only use the best Spandex Tricot and Poly Blends in our uniforms. Our fabrics are perfectly stretchy and washable. You’ll love the selection of colors that will surely match your team’s colors or your dream outfit. The fabric we use for the NBA and NFL is the same fabric we use for your dancewear and audition outfits. We believe that when you look good, you feel good (and you dance good!), so all of our Lycra, sequin and prints are top quality. In addition to our wide selection of solid color fabrics, we also have several Limited Edition prints. One of the things that can really make your audition or team outfit stand out is to use fabric with a cool pattern. We add new prints often to keep the style and looks fresh!

If you are a team director, send us an email from our Contact Us page and we’ll help you design something special. So have fun mixing and matching all of our styles and prints and create the outfit of your dreams.

Cheers and Love!

Dallaswear Uniforms

A Special Offer From The Line Up!

It’s audition season and one of our longtime sponsors, The Line Up, is offering for a limited time, a 10% discount on all orders $150 or more.  To take advantage of this offer, simply use the code: TRYOUT19 at checkout at www.thelineup.com.  See the image below for more details.

 


Here’s a sneak peek of The Line Up’s new pro audition and pro team apparel.  Click on the image above to see the full line up of audition wear.


 

Sponsor Spotlight: Satin Stitches

Editor’s note: The 2019 audition season is right around the corner and if you are a dancer who is planning on trying out this year, you may want to consider an audition outfit by one of our longtime sponsors, Satin Stitches.

Real Custom…Real Quality For nearly 40 Years!

At Satin Stitches, we pride ourselves on producing hand-crafted, couture quality custom dance costumes and uniforms, right here at our showroom and production facility in Minneapolis. We do not cut corners on the quality, fit or construction of our custom designed performance costumes. You can only appreciate and understand our superior Satin Stitches quality if you see and wear it yourself. So don’t hesitate to call or email with questions about what we can do for you!


Shop Online at Satin Stitches 24/7!

We are now offering a variety of customizable Dance, Pom, and Cheer team costumes and uniforms, along with solo audition tops and bottoms. These items are made to order and will be ready for you in a matter of weeks (subject to fabric and trim availability).  If you are interested in any of the styles we will offer, but want to order them in a different fabric/color combination that is offered in our Web Store, or with slightly different features or sizes, please contact Satin Stitches directly!


Deborah J. Nelson founded Satin Stitches® in early 1978, as a one-woman venture after working as a Fashion Designer/Patternmaker for a high-end woman’s apparel company for five years in Minneapolis, MN. By 1979, Deborah added a team of  costume design professionals to help create the very best custom dance performance costuming available. Satin Stitches moved to its current location in 1989, and expanded to double the space in 1994. Although many changes have occurred at Satin Stitches in its nearly 40 year history as a high-quality, custom dance/performance costume manufacturer, the company still remains true to its beginnings, by consistently creating both completely original and customizable costumes for all types of performers including individuals and groups of any size.
 
 
Deborah’s 40+ years of professional design, fitting, alterations, and pattern-making experience hails her as a leader in the industry. A Bachelor of Fine Arts (Major: Fashion Design) graduate and former instructor at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), Deborah continues to share her knowledge and experience as both a speaker and writer on topics related to the design, selection, and care of performance costumes and uniforms. Her articles and designs have been featured in magazines including Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher, Survival Guide, Cheerleading/Dance & Drill, Synchronized Skating, and other national publications. Deborah also presents informational seminars at dance, skating and music educator clinics across the country, is a member of United Dance Merchants of America and served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Dance Spirit Magazine for its first five years.

Sponsor Spotlight: The Line Up

Editor’s note: The 2019 audition season is right around the corner and if you are a dancer who is planning on trying out this year, you may want to consider an audition outfit by one of our longtime sponsors, The Line Up.

Your Imagination, Our Creation

Our passion is creative performance apparel that fuels your imagination and captivates your audience. 

The Line Up got its start 28 years ago designing fitness apparel during the aerobics craze of the 90’s. What started as a side project for Deb, our creative director, has evolved into a team of 45 talented individuals.

As a women-led business, we take pride in supporting our family of clients and employees.  They are studio, high school, and collegiate dance teams, NFL and NBA cheerleaders, synchronized skaters, and artistic athletes from around the world.

We believe the best designs are created from our customer’s imagination.  We’re just here to make them possible. 

Our Customer Service Philosophy

You’re a part of our Line Up Family.

You aren’t merely a client; you’re a friend and a partner. We know coaching is personal, and we want to get to know you.

We’ll jump through hoops for you.

Everyone at our office is empowered to make things happen for you. We’ll work together across departments for our mutual success. If you aren’t successful, neither are we.

We’ll advise with honesty.

We’re your trusted adviser – we only advise with your best interest in mind (even if it may not be what you want to hear). We’re honest when we make a mistake. We’ll always do what we say we’re going to do. Missed deadline isn’t an option for us.

We’ll always put ourselves in your shoes, even if they’re a tight fit.

We want to prevent and solve challenges by seeking to understand your perspective.

Made in the USA

All apparel at The Line Up is made by real people, at home in Minnesota. “Made in America” is essential to us; it’s apparel that’s:

Crafted with intimacy.

To us, producing locally is about creating a community that we know and trust. It’s about knowing who’s doing it, how they’re doing it, and how our people are valued.

Created with care.

Producing custom apparel is also a complicated thing, and we want to make sure that we’re doing it right. Everyone on our team – from design to production – works under one roof, making collaboration, innovation, and quality assurance possible.

Special Offer From Satin Stitches!

NFL Regular Season Week 1 – The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders Wearing Throw Back Uniforms

The Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders were celebrating 35 years of existence and the current squad wore throw back uniforms to honor their past.  Click here to view their large gallery of images…lots of nice one there.

A Visual History Of The Colts Cheerleaders Uniform

It’s the 35th anniversary of the Colts Cheerleaders and this weekend the Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders wore some amazing throw back uniforms.  Until the Colts post a game day gallery from week 1, we will have to satisfy our curiosity with a look back at the Colts Cheerleaders uniform of the past.  Click here to view the Colts Cheerleaders historical uniform gallery.

Kudos to the Indianapolis Colts for publishing this retrospective on the history of the Colts Cheerleaders uniform.  If you are as old as I am, you enjoy these trips down memory lane to see how far things have evolved over the years.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders New Look

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders have a new look. Check out their new uniforms below.

The Brand New Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders Uniforms are Here!

Check out the newest uniforms of the Bucs Cheerleaders!

12 Audition Outfit Tips From Satin Stitches

Editor’s note: Its audition season and Satin Stitches, a long time sponsor of UltimateCheerleaders.com, has published an article regarding selecting the perfect audition outfit for your body shape.  They have graciously agreed to let us share their information with our readers.


12 Audition Outfit Tips

Posted by Deborah Nelson

Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder…including with your Try-Out or Audition outfit (for you, and your judges). With audition judges, you will receive different opinions as to how well you present yourself.

The NUMBER ONE RULE would be to be unique, and not wear something others are wearing, so consider custom-designed or customized solo cheerleading/dance costumes from Satin Stitches! www.shop.satinstitches.com to check out our many options! Once we receive your order, we generally cut, sew, embellish and ship your custom-created outfit within a week or two.

Satin Stitches will have a booth at the P-R-O Convention in Atlanta in June. If you will be in attendance, stop by and pick up a flyer with a discount coupon for ordering your outfit from our Web Store!

Here are some basics to consider, helping you to decide what is the best design for YOUR ‘perfect’ audition outfit! 

KEEP THESE 12 TIPS IN MIND:

  1. Check photos of past try-out events to see if what you have in mind will ‘fit in’, or ‘stand out’ in a bad way.
  2. Don’t let your outfit overpower you. You want to be noticed for YOU, not your outfit. You want to hear the compliment ‘You look nice in your costume’ rather than ‘I like your costume’.
  3. Always choose a color that is flattering for you. If you are old enough to try-out for a professional dance or cheer team, you are old enough to know what colors look great on you.
  4. You should also be aware of your body enough to realize what your best features are: emphasize your best features.
  5. Choose a costume style that reflects your personality. If you are a ‘girly-girl’, ruffles and/or lots of glitz should be a must. If you prefer bright, tailored clothing, your audition costume could feature tailored details. Your outfit should really showcase your style.
  6. Your costume should have great visual ‘flow’. Your audience should zero in on your face (with your fabulous makeup and great hair) and upper bodice, and then gently follow down your body. Secondary focal points should accent your best features.
  7. Watch out for design features that might be covered up by your hair. Paying for design features that aren’t seen, makes no sense.
  8. Remember overall design ‘rules’: less is more, 1/3 to 2/3 proportion, diagonal lines are always more flattering than horizontal lines, and combine colors of equal intensity. Can you ever have too much glitz? (Yes, you can, so edit your rhinestone embellishment!)
  9. You will be giving a 3-dimensional performance, so your costume should look great from all views, with the most sparkle on the front.
  10. Make sure your costume is comfortable and fits well, allowing you to move anyway you wish – you don’t want it restrictive. You also don’t want to spend any time worrying if something will ‘ride up’ or shift out of place.
  11. Your costume should not allow your undergarments to show. This depends on good design, quality of construction and the right choice of undergarments. You don’t want errant straps, panty lines or bust pads peeking out. By the same token, underwear SHOULD be worn to suppress jiggling, ‘camel toe’ and an immodest view of your derriere. A proper panty and supportive bra will do wonders for these ‘no-no’s’.
  12. Make sure your costume is clean and wrinkle-free. You will be sweating, so if you start out clean and fresh, your costume will hold up better than if it starts out limp and dingy.

Special Offer From The Line Up

Editor’s note: Audition season is here and The Line Up, a long time sponsor of UltimateCheerleaders.com, has a special offer for our readers who are auditioning.