MAY - 2013
Motionwear Spotlights Indianapolis Dancer, Michelle Meltzer
Motionwear spotlights Indianapolis, Indiana dancer, Michelle Meltzer for her dedication to the arts.
Meltzer, an Indianapolis native, has been dancing her entire life. “My mother enrolled me in my first dance class when I was three years old; however, I developed a deeper love and appreciation of dance much later on in my training” says Meltzer. Meltzer’s first professional experience working with a dance company was at nine years old, where she performed with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre in Dracula.
She grew to love the modern style of the company and chose to focus primarily on modern dance until she was sixteen. “At around fifteen, I met one of the most influential mentors and teachers in my life, Victoria Lyras. Her wonderful staff of artists, including my teachers: Michelle Merrell and Kristin Hakala, inspired me each day to pursue a new dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.”
Currently at Indiana University’s Ballet Department, Meltzer says being accepted has been a pivotal stepping-stone in her career. “Working with Violette Verdy has been the greatest gift I could ask for. Her watchful eye and delicate attention to detail has inspired me to narrow my focus and refine my technique. She gives her life to her students, myself included, caring more about the soul within over the dancer without.”
Meltzer plans to dance professionally in a ballet company and continue to work hard and expand her dancing range until she retires. She also plans to continue teaching ballet and giving back to the community. Meltzer said some of the best advice she’s been given is “You can do everything you need to do, as well as what you choose to do, just not all at once.”
“I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Experiences in my life, whether good or bad, have taught me valuable lessons that I continue to carry with me,” says Meltzer in response to the ability to do something over in her career.
APRIL - 2013
Motionwear & Nfinity Partner Up
Motionwear is proud to announce an alliance with Nfinity cheerleading shoes. Beginning April 2013, Motionwear will have stock in all three Nfinity high-performance shoes. Motionwear will be offering Nfinity cheerleading shoes in the Motionwear Cheer 2013 catalog. Nfinity cheerleading shoes provide comfort, style, and durability for cheerleaders. To learn more about Nfinity Cheer shoes or find a distributor near you, call customer service at 800-869-0609.
APRIL - 2013
Motionwear Introduces Posh, A New Luxurious Fabric
Motionwear introduces Posh, a luxurious new Cotton Modal fabric that blends the strength and performance of our cotton with the added softness of Modal. Modal is a uniquely soft material made from the Beechwood Tree, known as the "Mother of all Forests". The enjoyable result of the Cotton Modal blend is a fit that is naturally breathable, supportive, and comfortable - perfect for class and rehearsal. Posh, featured in the Motionwear Collection Volume II (Holiday) catalog in "Must Have" Basics styles, comes in classic black and a rich emerald green.
Visit Find A Retailer to find your local store to purchase.
MARCH - 2013
Motionwear Leotards On The Cover Of Dance Retailer News January & February 2013.
The February issue of DRN features Motionwear's Sophique leotards. Visit Find A Retailer to find your local store to purchase.
“This is a collection that we’ve all taken great pride in as we wanted to address the design needs of the Professional and Pre-Professional Dancer. We wanted the fabrics to be special, and the designs to be sophisticated and elegant. This is the kind of leotard that can be worn not only to class, but also to rehearsals and auditions. As a dancer myself, my experience tells me when you look beautiful and feel comfortable in your leotard, you will dance with confidence. The word itself, Sophique, is derived from the meaning of wisdom. These leotards reflect the years of knowledge and wisdom in a dancer’s career.“ - Tina Mollis, Product Manager of Dance, Motionwear - commenting on Sophique.
FEBRUARY - 2013
Behind The Scenes of the Motionwear Cheer 2013 Photoshoot
JANUARY - 2013
Behind The Scenes of the Motionwear Basics 2013-2014 Catalog Photoshoot
DECEMBER - 2012
Motionwear Basics 2013/2014 Photoshoot Sneak Peek
Here is a sneak peek at the Motionwear Basics 2013/2014 catalog photo shoot. A big thank you to Dance Kaleidoscope and the Scottish Rite Cathedral.
NOVEMBER - 2012
Young Dancers Audition for The Nutcracker Wearing Motionwear
Young Dancers Audition for The Nutcracker while wearing Motionwear leotards.
OCTOBER - 2012
Motionwear Awards Alabama Studio Cash Prize for "Why My Studio Rocks" Program
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 26, 2012) – Motionwear, the Indianapolis-based dance apparel manufacturer, announces the winner for their "Why My Studio Rocks" program in effort to shine a spotlight on the winning studio. Motionwear acknowledged Dream Makers Dance Studio in Columbiana, Alabama by awarding them a $500 cash prize.
“This is amazing and came at a much needed time.“ said Jenny Lepsi, Dream Makers Dance Studio.
"She uses dance as our therapy and a place to escape. We are in such a small little town in the middle of Alabama. All we have is a gym. No barres, mirrors, mats; only love and passion." - says a student of Dream Makers Dance Studio.
The "Why My Studio Rocks" program is a campaign to highlight studios for their work in the dance community. Studios and students submitted a written essay detailing why their studio should win. Studios play an integral role in the life of a dancer. Motionwear realizes that the studio is the foundation of where the dancer's dreams come to life.
"As a father whose daughter danced her entire young adult life, there is no question that her experiences in the studio were the main reasons she loved the art and danced so long. We wanted to bring the fun exposure to the winning studio and give back as well." says Charles M. Pugh, VP Sales and Marketing.
SEPTEMBER - 2012
Motionwear Unveils Exciting Collection Of High-Fashion Dancewear
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 5, 2012) – Motionwear unveils Sophique, a new exciting collection of high-fashion dancewear that celebrates the traditions of elegance and respect for the art of dance. Each style is crafted in a sophisticated nylon spandex blend; select styles are accented with black mesh or chiffon. Sophique, for the aspiring professional.
“This is a collection that we’ve all taken great pride in as we wanted to address the design needs of the Professional and Pre-Professional Dancer. We wanted the fabrics to be special, and the designs to be sophisticated and elegant. This is the kind of leotard that can be worn not only to class, but also to rehearsals and auditions. As a dancer myself, my experience tells me when you look beautiful and feel comfortable in your leotard, you will dance with confidence. The word itself, Sophique, is derived from the meaning of wisdom. These leotards reflect the years of knowledge and wisdom in a dancer’s career.“ - Tina Mollis, Product Manager of Dance, Motionwear.
Mollis recently relocated to Indianapolis in June, where she was promoted to Product Manager of Dance. Mollis, a graduate of UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, has taught choreography at many prestigious studios all over the country. Her award winning choreography has been seen at Canada's Symphony of Dance, Seattle's Civic Light Opera, Woodinville Repertory Theatre, Seattle's Men in Dance, and numerous high school musicals.
Motionwear’s Sophique line can be found in its participating Dance Retailers.
To find a local retailer, visit Motionwear.com.
AUGUST - 2012
Motionwear Awards Dance Studio $500 At Dance Teacher Summit
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (August 3, 2012) – Motionwear awards the winner of their giveaway at the Dance Teacher Summit, Fox Studio of Dance & Gymnastics in San Fernando, California, a grand prize of five hundred dollars. “Susan Maryn is the owner. She was absolutely thrilled to win the drawing.” – Charles M. Pugh, VP Sales and Marketing.
Motionwear strongly supports dance studios in their involvement not only in the community but also in the lives of young dancers who are developing their technique. “We really enjoyed meeting such a diverse group of studios. It really solidified something we already knew. Our retail partners do an outstanding job servicing the studio community.” – Charles M. Pugh.
The Dance Teacher Summit is a conference that brings studio managers, owners, and teachers together to provide them with knowledge in the industry as well as networking opportunities. Attendees witnessed seminars, presentations, round-table discussions, and guest speakers.
Motionwear met with over one thousand different studios at the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City.
JULY - 2012
Checkout Motionwear’s Ad for the "Why My Studio Rocks" program, featured in Pointe. Studios are integral to the life and development of dancers, and to the continuation of the art. At Motionwear, we feel it is important to recognize this effort and dedication. Motionwear is awarding the winning story a $500 cash prize to the studio. To learn more, Click Here.
Checkout Motionwear’s Cami Length Bra Top in turquoise featured in the May/June issue of Dance Spirit.
To purchase Motionwear Bra Tops, click Here.
Watch Motionwear's Gymnastics Competition 2012 Photoshoot Coverage!
Company Prides Itself in Products Being Made in the USA
has grown to become a leading supplier of dance, gymnastics, team, and
cheer apparel world-wide. Motionwear prides itself on providing its
customers the best-fitting garments possibly in the highest quality
fabrics available. Most notably, Motionwear's apparel is proudly made
for you in the USA. This means that while the average delivery time on
certain items is enteded, we have some items that are kept in stock for
immediate delivery. Keep in mind that Motionwear strives to bring its
customers high quality products that are manufactured in Indianapolis,
Indiana and are custom-made for you. This foundation of custom-made
dance apparel sets Motionwear apart and ultimately creates more jobs.
product in the United States is something we're very proud of. Knowing
that we are employing American labor to produce our product is very
satisfying. Even during busy times, we may run a week or two behind
depending on the season but we sleep well at night because we're not
reliant on an off shore facility that may take 4 to 6 months to catch
up with demand." Chuck Pugh, Executive VP Sales & Marketing,
over 25 years, Motionwear has specialized in custom dancewear for
dance, gymanstics, and dance teams.
Style Gymnastics Meet
February, Motionwear attended the annual Chicago Style Gymnastics Meet,
which is the largest Women’s Gymnastics Invitational Meet in the world.
At Chicago Style, Motionwear debuted its Bear & Doll Leo.
Instantly, it was a success. After selling out of the limited stock,
Motionwear has had an overwhelming response to produce more Bear &
Doll Leotards and plans to offer these in the near future. Stay tuned!
Motionwear is the official manufacturer of the Chicago Style Leotard.
Cheer Photoshoot Video
a behind the scenes look at a recent Motionwear cheerleading
photoshoot. Some of the models talk about what they like about
cheerleading and why they like Motionwear Cheer apparel and uniforms.
2011 Teams Wear Motionwear Gymnastics Apparel
2011. A professional gymnastics competition held on the
campus of Lehigh University pitted this group of elite gymnasts in a
series of team competition. We are proud to say they are wearing
Motionwear gymnastics apparel.
a sneak peak at the Motionwear Gymnastics Competition 2011/12 Catalog.
New Gymnastics Leotard Styles. Rhinestone Appliques. Custom
Rhinestones. Warm-Ups. Screenprint & Embroidery. Special Event
Apparel. And More!
The International Gymnastics Management Group (IGMG)
announces the release of their 2012 calendar featuring Olympic medalist
Chellsie Memmel - A year in the life of a gymnast.
calendar portrays stunning photography by Dave Black showcasing
Chellsie in action along with inspirational and encouraging words from
the gymnastics icon. IGMG and Chellsie have partnered with Motionwear
in this effort with Chellsie featuring Motionwear gymnastics leotards
in four of the calendar’s spreads.
a total of seven World and Olympic medals, Chellsie Memmel is tied
as the fifth most decorated U.S. female gymnast in history. Still
hungry to compete, Chellsie is vying for a place on the 2012 Olympic
Team and continues to train hard to make that a reality.
calendar allows us to spread Chellsie’s mission of helping
support the sport of gymnastics and inspire young gymnasts in everyday
life,” said Brent Klaus, CEO of IGMG. “Each month offers stunning
pictures of Chellsie now and from her youth, motivational words, snack
suggestions and training tips to help promote a healthy lifestyle.”
extremely proud to be a part of this calendar,” said Kathe Jones
Gymnastics Manager for Motionwear. “Chellsie has been such a great
ambassador for our country and the sport of gymnastics, that we jumped
at the opportunity to be a part of it and help support her mission of
calendar will be available for purchase at bookstores and gym clubs
welcomes the addition of Nataliya Kitic and Christelle Jonquet to their
product design team. Both are recent graduates from fashion design
school and bring an international flair and perspective to Motionwear.
thrilled to add Nataliya and Christelle to our team," said
Motionwear Executive VP Theresa Mason "Their combination of formal
training, global experience, versatility and enthusiasm are important
to us. I'm confident they'll play a key role in our future growth as we
continue to produce the highest quality leotards and active apparel
Motionwear, whether customers or co-workers, the needs of people are
put first. It's that commitment to people that results in a vibrant
workplace and quality end product. Motionwear is a dynamic company that
designs and manufactures high-performance, superior-fitting dance
leotards, gymnastics leotards, team apparel, cheer uniforms and
accessories. Motionwear continues to grow, thanks to the commitment of
people who are ready to make a difference.
a leading manufacturer of dance, gymnastics team and cheerleading
apparel, introduces a new, fashion forward dance apparel line. Inspired
by runway couture lines, the Runway Attitude line brings new fabrics
and unique treatments to the dance world.
scoured the runways and couture houses to create these fashion forward
styles," said Motionwear Designer Katie O'Brien. "Each leotard has been
painstakingly crafted. Our decadent new fabric, a new nylon spandex
blend, has been specifically fashioned to compliment the dancer's
inspiration for the Runway Attitude line came as a result of
Motionwear's search for something new, something not currently
available in the dance apparel marketplace. The focus was on stretching
the dance apparel boundaries with a high fashion couture line
of leotards using fresh new fabrics and exploring detailed
something new in the market, something new for Motionwear," said
Motionwear Executive VP Theresa Mason. "These leotards offer dancers a
touch of high fashion with meticulously detailed features."
active apparel trends change and customers demand more from their
clothing and where they choose to purchase it, Motionwear continues to
evolve. For 25 years, Motionwear has built a reputation for outstanding
fit and quality setting the standard in active apparel for dance,
gymnastics, team and cheer apparel.
LLC, a premier supplier of apparel for dancers of all ages and skill
levels, and official leotard of the Boston Ballet School, announced
today its exclusive sponsorship with the Boston Ballet School's Spring
the success of last year's landmark inaugural performances,
the Boston Ballet School will continue their newly annual Next
Generation & Spring Showcases in 2011. The Next Generation
performances provide a look at budding dance talent showcasing students
from the Pre-Professional and Trainee Programs, as well as dancers from
Boston Ballet II. The Spring Showcases involve local, classical ballet
program students performing class progressions.
value our relationship with Motionwear. Their commitment to the arts
helps enable us to produce these types of events. These performances
allow our most advanced students the opportunity to perform in Next
Generation. It will be an exciting evening, when the 'minor leagues' of
the dance world take a 'major league' stage at The Boston Opera House,"
said Margaret Tracey, Director of Boston Ballet School. "Spring
showcases are an annual milestone for our students and provide them
with the opportunity to perform before an audience. It is also an
opportunity for friends of Boston Ballet and the general public to
experience the future of dance."
will have a presence at each performance in an effort to
promote the events, the participants and product. Attendees will be
able to receive free goodie bags stuffed with tee shirts, retailer
books, posters and more.
are very excited to join the Boston Ballet School in promoting these
events. We believe in the tradition and dedication to excellence they
bring and support the growth and development of young dancers" said
Motionwear Executive VP Chuck Pugh.
ticket information, call 617-456-6955 or visit www.bostonballet.org.
To learn more about Motionwear and its product offering, visit www.motionwear.com.
earth is precious, and Motionwear believes we all need to make an
effort to protect it. We have recently made company-wide efforts and
will regularly look at improvement initiatives to lower our carbon
footprint. Here are a few things we are doing to be kinder to our
re-engineered processes in our cutting operations reducing overall
trash weight by 30%; that's 10,000 pounds per year!
in new software to optimize fabric use reducing waste by 4%; a
reduction of over 15,000 pounds per year!
overall electrical usage:
new fresh air intake systems to reduce electricity used for
machine motors to increase electrical efficiencies.
recycle and reduce. We have implemented the 3 R's initiative
from the board room to the loading dock. At Motionwear, we're working
every day to bring you the best - and environmentally friendly, dance,
gymnastics, cheer and team apparel.
Your Own Leotard Contest
your chance to be the designer! Motionwear is running a contest
to find the next great leotard design. It's a great opportunity to
showcase your creative side. Each person who enters a design will
receive 10% off online orders. The winning entry will receive a $100
online shopping spree on Motionwear.com!
deadline is December 15, 2011. The contest is intended for
dancers and gymnasts. Click on our Design Your Own Leotard Contest page to download
the entry form, learn how to enter and see the official terms and
conditions. Enter today!
Cheerleading Uniform Challenge
Cheerleading, one of the most respected publications in the
Cheer industry, held their annual Ultimate Uniform Challenge. They
invited over fifty different uniform companies to participate in the
contest. The challenge: create a uniform with a color scheme of
navy and orange incorporating the Inside Cheerleading logo and/or iC
triangle. Motionwear not only made the final cut of 12 but was the
first cheer uniform showcased!
Annual For Love or Money Invitational
once again sponsors this year’s 7th annual gymnastics For
Love or Money Invitational. As the title indicates, inpiduals and teams
alike will compete for pride and prizes. Last year the competition
awarded over $8,000 in team prize money. The event hosts over 1,500
gymnasts from across the United States. With paid registration, each
gymnast receives a free leotard
Motionwear Supports Dancing With The
proudly supports the professionals and celebrities from the
hit show Dancing With the Stars. Motionwear Executive VP Chuck Pugh
notes “It takes a tremendous amount of courage to perform live in front
of a live and national T.V. audience of millions. The least we could do
is supply some of our apparel in recognition of their efforts.”
Motionwear supplied each professional and celebrity a diverse selection
of Dance apparel.
scene from the show on September 27th (right), Corky Ballas and
Florence Henderson are shown practicing their steps. Mr. Ballas is
wearing Motionwear’s “Cracked Glass” Burnout Tee during rehearsals.
the celebrity suite (below), professional dancer Karina Smirnoff poses
for a photo wearing Motionwear’s “Graffiti Wings” shorts.
for Motionwear Team 2011
the insider sneak peak? We got it for you. See it here. Motionwear Team is breaking records in 2010.
Hold on tight, these 2011 looks will blow you away.
the best technique and presence ever, the Motionwear 2011 Gymnastics
Team Catalog is arriving. Look in your mail, check out the flipbook,
see us at the USA Gymnastics National Congress in Hartford CT or call
and ask for one. Find out why more and more are discovering Motionwear