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Dance is a form of expression. It allows
the body to move in such a way that
an emotion can be expressed silently and
simply through movement.
Dance is as varied as the performers who
explore it, with every style having its own
particular movements and flow to utilise the
body in different ways.
But just like any other work of art, there
are compilations of artistic influences at
play -- none more vital than the intimate
relationships between the dancers, the
choreographers and the costume designer.
Designer for Dancewear Australia, Corey
Sevenson understands this relationship
more than most.
After his successful dance career sadly
ended through a serious back injury,
Mr Sevenson decided to pursue his love
for sewing and designing, with the added
insight into what will or will not look good
on the dancer and the dance floor. With
a magnificent creative flair and passion to
create outfits designed to not only win but
also make the body within it feel like a star,
there is little wonder why Mr Sevenson is
one of the industry's top designers.
But what exactly is involved in matching
a breathtaking dance with a costume equally
"Great pride is taken in the process," a
spokesperson for Dancewear Australia said.
"Firstly, Mr Sevenson will get an idea
from the dancer as to the overall look that
they are after and he will then put some
ideas together -- incorporating their requests
and colour choices along with what will suit
the individual body shape."
"Men and women alike want to have
something that gives them the confidence to
have that extra pizzazz on the dance floor."
The design process usually begins even
before the dance is finalised, with the
choreographer working in sync with the
entire look of the piece.
However, for a designer, there is a
difficulty in creating for a work that is still in
progress. It is, almost as if they have to select
a frame for an unfinished project, therefore
the closest to a final dance as possible is
preferred. Dancewear Australia explained
LOUISE IRWIN delves behind the
glitz and the glamour of one
of the country's biggest dance
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