Sequins and Patterns and Mesh, Oh My!

Denise Wall poses with dancers during the Fashion Forward opening number.

Last night at our Dance Teacher Summit we attended one of my favorite events of the week: the fashion show! As your fashion editor, I look forward to seeing the new styles and latest trends each year, and this year didn't disappoint. Manufacturers showed off a brilliant array of styles for dancers of all ages.

Students from The Dance Studio of Fresno (headed by ambassador Sue Sampson-Dalena) and West Coast School of the Arts performed opening and closing numbers choreographed by Al Blackstone (who we couldn’t adore more). There was even a guest appearance from the fabulous Denise Wall!

Look for mesh cutouts, funky bright colors, pretty floral prints and sequins to be hits this fall—in the studio and onstage. We'll have all the latest in our fashion features in every issue.

Wall made a guest appearance in Blackstone's opening number.

Dancers wore styles from Bloch Inc., Costume Gallery, 10th House, Sugar and Bruno, Discount Dance Supply, Art Stone/The Competitor and Capezio.



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