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Apr 21, 2011

Seven Nation Army

I grew up dancing and started teaching my Senior year of high school. It was hard to leave the dance studio behind when I moved to San Francisco after college and I was so excited to get back into it when I returned to Seattle this year. Each spring the performing group puts on a show and I choreographed a dance to 7 Nation Army by The White Stripes. The dancers in the number are all a part of the Red Team in a gruesome game of capture the flag. They battle against the other team that is just out of sight from the audience's perspective. Here's a video of the dance with footage from a run through rehearsal, dress rehearsal and the actual show.

Seven Nation Army - Dance Theatrics from Vivi Dot on Vimeo.

Since each dancer is in so many numbers we try to keep the costume costs down to a minimum (under $20). I headed to the Goodwill up the street hoping to piece together a bunch of red items that I could tie together to look like a rag tag uniform. I started browsing the mens jackets and instantly found some cargo pocketed vests made for construction workers, or so the tag suggested. They were black with a reversible red plaid on the other side and there were tons of them. I managed to find 6 smalls and I felt confident now that I had a base to build on. Oh! To top it off all of the items in their new/unused section were 50% off so they were a whopping $10 a piece.

After I scored with the vests I started wandering through the other unused aisles feeling like a contestant on my own Project Runway challenge. "Use only what the dancers already have, combined with what's in these three aisles to create a signature look for your own choreographed dance." I was up for the challenge and continued to get creative. I also purchased winter knit headbands in a fair isle print to put around the top hat (originally $2, only $1 that day) and red and black plaid 'cashmere feel' scarves (originally $3, only $1.50 that day). I wanted to find some socks to turn into fingerless gloves but nothing was quite right. I was able to fill that need by buying black and red striped kids tights elsewhere ($6 which was cheaper than the adult version) that i cut the legs off of and cut two holes in the foot (one for all 4 fingers and another for the thumb).

I made these super simple flower brooches with an extra scarf.DIY Fabric Flower BroochAll you have to do to recreate these is cut the scarf into a rectangle like this: Fabric Flower Brooch
Then scrunch down the center and tie up the middle with some string, cutting off loose string ends. DIY Flower BroochNext you can use fabric glue to connect the edges, turning the bow shape into a circle. Plaid Fabric BroochTrim any uneven areas to create a nice round circle.CutAdd a button to the center and a brooch pin to the back and you're ready to go!
7 Nation Army CostumeI gave each girl a pair of Solid Red Vivi Dot Earrings and they wore black leggings, a top hat and converse style shoes they had from another number. I think they make a pretty good looking 'Red Team' for $18.50 (not counting the brooch or earrings which I didn't charge them for)!

Thanks, as always, to Duncan for editing the video together for me. Next I'll share a dance that I co-choreographed and danced in. Thanks for reading!Pin It


Allie said...

Haven't been on the blog in a while but alwasy LOVE catching up on your latest endevours (especially when I'm the receipient of some of your craftiness.) That table of buttons is amazing.

Allie said...

Its been a while since I've been back to the blog and it's always super fun to catch up. That table of buttons are amazing and I love seeing all your craftiness (especially when I am the recipient of some of that!)

Amylou said...

those costumes looks so great! and you gave them such a deal! I really love the arm warmers!