Per the schedule, I ordered the items that will have embedded electronics in them for the characters I have sketched so far (contemporary, blues, aerial, and swing). This list wasn't very long—I'll be using Microbits for all of these projects if I can, and will order the hardware I need to replace them if I run into things that Microbit that can't support. I also ordered a reel of 300 neonpixels for all of the wearables combined. It should be enough to cover all three of these wearable and more, but if not, they are easy to order on Amazon. Also to Support all of the projects, I ordered LiIon batteries and a few chargers from Sparkfun.
I bought steel cable for the internal structure of the trapeze, which was much more expensive than I expected, but it helps to prevent the rope from stretching and twisting that make bars uneven, which is irritating. I am still working to get the thing welded together. I bought galvanized thimbles, which Jackson informed me that wouldn't campus fab spaces wouldn't accept because welding to galvanized metal creates a hazardous gas. So we're waiting on friends who have a welding system to get back from traveling so Jackson can weld the two pieces together (you apparently just have to hold your breath while welding the galvanized).
For the contemporary costume, I ordered an oversized black button down. In the sketch, she is wearing what looks like an oversized knit cotton shirt, but the button down is still true to what a contemporary dancer would wear in practice. The button down will be easier to add the LEDs to, because there is less stretch to the fabric, which, while it is something I could do, in performance wear, I am more comfortable attaching LEDs to woven, non-stretch fabrics. Also, this way, as the button down shirt is large and loosely fitted, if my dancer changes, I won't need to modify the costume too much, the rest of the costume will be shorts, which are more dancer-specific, and will be bought once I the individual dancer.
For the male blues dancer, I got the suspenders. I will need to find a webbing I want to use, but I want to have the suspenders to better color match the strap and webbing, and decide the length measure after accounting for stretch needed. The suspenders will complete the costume with either a white, gray, or black button down shirt and jeans, which will be purchased with the dancer is solidified.
I got a lot of stuff for the swing dancer, but I didn't find exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a swing dance circle skirt with a full contrast zip back boxy crop top. I might just end up making this exactly because I am not sure if I liked the substitution solution that I came up with in its place. I got the circle skirt, which is easy, thanks to retro revival. The problem was with the top, as I said, I couldn't find the boxy top that I was trying to find. My solution was a sheer lace full zip back shirt under which there will be a stretchy high neck crop top, into which I will embed LEDs, and and then the lace over the shirt to high the electronics, but allowing the light from the LEDs through.
For the aerialist costume, I had already ordered the main body costume—which I rendered in the sketch after ordering it, so it is accurate. The one problem with this costume is that on the purchase base costume is the silver elastic bands that I wanted white. So the only thing for this costume I ordered in this round was spray paint to paint the synthetic elastic bands around the waist and the binding. I am concerned about the stretch factor, but and going to try and make a body model of my body.
THINKING / IDEAS HAPPENED
I was having a conversation with the teacher of the hip hop group I train with Larry, about partner dances in hip hop. Hip hop is often a solo form of dance, and house, being a thread under the large umbrella of hip hop, it differs in that it was made to be a partner dance in some sense. He also cited the only other instance of partner dance in hip hop, which is kid-in-play hacky-sack like tandem footwork and some acrobatics. Learning about the limited instances of partner dance in hip hop affirmed my gut reaction to pair house and swing because the way they feel in the body is similar.