Posted by Elyse
We had such a great time over the last few months traveling all over the states for one of our favorite industries: DANCE! We met so many ambitious, creative, and amiable dance teachers and studio owners during our travels. Our first stop along the Dance wave was Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, CA. What a fun vibe to be around so many people that are passionate about dance and are eager to learn about the next best thing in the industry.
Our next stop was DanceLife Teacher Conference in Scottsdale, AZ where we escaped the heat and enjoyed the conference and expo by talking to new and familiar faces in the industry. It was wonderful getting a chance to bond with fellow vendors and those excited about learning how to make their recitals the most memorable ones yet.
We then travelled to Dance Teacher Web Live Conference at the beautiful Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. Surrounded by a beautiful, lush forest – this resort is one of a kind. We featured our Dance Radio backdrop, which has become one of our more popular dance themed backdrops. We loved meeting with so many dance teachers and studio owners from the East Coast. Our favorite discussions were hearing all of the different recital theme ideas and were so inspired by all of the professionals that dare to be different! We’re always welcoming new suggestions and ideas on new backdrops that we can paint to better accommodate all of the trendsetters in the dance industry.
We can’t wait to see you all at the UDMA Shows in Atlanta, New Jersey, and Chicago! Let us know if you’ll be there and be sure to stop by our booth to say hi and receive our latest specials! I have a feeling that we will be offering something special in our raffle and we would love for the winner to be you!
Posted by Elyse
Wizard of Oz 3B Backdrop – 20′ X 10′
We always get asked, “What do you use to hang a backdrop? How difficult is it? How long does it take?”. This post is to solve just that! Being in the theatrical backdrop business, we are all about that pipe & base! Depending on the size of the backdrop, our needs in terms of hardware adjust slightly. Our backdrops have either grommets, ties, or a combination of both along the top and the side of the backdrop. We recommend using plastic zip ties with the grommets as they tend to provide a tighter grip on a variety of different types of hardware. At the top, the grommets are 20 inches apart and, along the sides, they are 30 inches apart. The backdrops also have a pole pocket along the bottom, which can be used this to weigh down the backdrop to create a seamless look without creases. Additionally, the grommets on the bottom corners allow for pulling the backdrop tight to further reduce creases. We recommend that you use counterweight (pipe & base) system or any smooth horizontal beam. For a 40′ x 20′ backdrop, it’s necessary to have 4 cross bars (10 ft each), 5 uprights (20 ft each), and 5 bases (as every upright needs a base). For a 20′ x 10′ backdrop, it’s necessary to have 2 cross bars, 3 uprights, and 3 bases to make sure the backdrop is well supported.
For backdrops exceeding 10’ high, we recommend to hire an installation company. If the backdrop is 10′ high, it is easier to manage and can easily be hung using the ties we provide together with the grommets on the backdrop, rubber tipped clamps, or zip ties. A 20′ x 10′ backdrop is an easy task for 1-2 people and takes around 20-30 minutes to assemble the hardware and hang the backdrop.
We provide the hardware and local installation in San Diego and Orange County, so if you live in the area this is definitely recommended! If you live elsewhere, we have a recommended list of companies in select states. If your city or state is not on the list, feel free to call us at 858-300-2100 & we’ll be able to recommend a company that can fit your needs!
Posted by Elyse
We’ve heard a few times before that it’s #AllAboutTheNACE & we couldn’t agree more. We travelled to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which was such a gorgeous resort we never wanted to leave. While we know summer in Arizona is no cool feat, we were excited to escape the heat and enjoy our NACE Experience – with much needed air conditioning. Exhibiting at a resort with so many luscious and prominent palm trees, it seemed fitting to showcase our Stage Showgirls 4 backdrop.
This backdrop showcases the silhouettes of the dancers and palm trees in a vibrant setting full of fireworks, green foliage, market lights, and a serene water element behind the stage. The array of colors in this backdrop is accentuated through the use of LED lighting shining on the front of the backdrop. It was so much fun to see the colors change and compliment our hand painted backdrop by creating dynamic movement throughout. It felt as if the silhouettes were moving to the music, which showcased the fluidity of our backdrops in motion. This backdrop transformed the room into a slice of tropical paradise.
We had such a great time getting to know the attendees, creating relationships with other vendors and NACE partners, and tasting all of the delicious creations from the catering team! We were lucky enough to be right next to all of the delectable cuisine! Tell me how great those desserts look? We think they’re a perfect pair to our summer inspired backdrop. We love the idea of utilizing a backdrop behind a catering station or dessert table that enhances the theme of the event or type of cuisine that’s being served. The pairing of the catering station and themed backdrop will cohesively amplify the atmosphere of your event. After all, you do eat with your eyes first.
Posted by Elyse
USA FLAG 6 FIREWORKS BACKDROP
We would like to wish all of our friends, partners, and customers a very happy, safe, and enjoyable 4th of July! We love celebrating our Independence Day (especially when it makes for a three day weekend!). It is always filled with special time with our family, barbecuing with our friends, and enjoying the fireworks light up the night sky! We enjoy being a part of and seeing so many pictures of all of the July 4th parades that happen from coast to coast. Each city has it’s own unique take on celebrating the 4th of July! It is amazing seeing all of the red, white, and blue flags waving in the air demonstrating pride for this beautiful country.
FIREWORKS NIGHT 5 BACKDROP
What is your favorite part of celebrating 4th of July? After spending the entire day celebrating with friends and family, our favorite highlight of the night is getting to experience the beautiful array of firework colors (not only red, white, & blue!). It isn’t an Independence Day celebration without fireworks lighting up the sky and I’m always making sure to get the best seat to do so. This year, I’ll be watching the fireworks over the East River in New York City. Most people escape NYC to celebrate the 4th, so I’m excited to see what it has to offer while most people are away!
USA FLAG 1A BACKDROP
We’re looking forward to the holiday weekend and we hope that all of you have a chance to relax, enjoy the beautiful weather and endless amount of food, and spend quality time with those that mean the most to you. This is the quintessential summer holiday and it should be enjoyed to the fullest! We would love to see pictures of your 4th of July weekend as inspiration for new backdrops! Email us a high resolution picture to get $10 off your next order!