How to Pin Your Dance Number with Nick Kosovich

It is often the case that when dancers attempt to attach their competition numbers to their costumes, they unintentionally damage their costumes by pinning their numbers incorrectly.

This tutorial by Nick Kosovich demonstrates the correct way to apply your competition number to your dancewear.

When attaching your number to your costume it is a common error to safety pin your number to the fabric of your dancewear by feeding it through the corner holes. There are two major problems with this.  

Firstly, by relying on the holes to secure your number to your costume, this allows for the paper to be loose and move around freely.

Secondly, competition organizers are now laminating the numbers so they will not rip off when you are performing. This poses the greatest threat to your dancewear because when your number is pulled, the laminated paper is stronger than the fabric on your costume; causing it to snag.  

This guide is about to teach you a more efficient way of securing your number without damaging your dancewear!  



·     Dancewear

·     4 Safety Pins

·     Competition Number

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Step 1: Take your competition number in hand and bend it in half without folding it, so that the printed side of your number is facing the inside.

Step 2: Firmly pinch both the top and bottom sides of your competition number. There should only be a slight crease to the edges to your competition number. Make sure the paper is not folded all the way through. This may/will effect your presentation.

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Step 3: Line up your competition number with the center seam of your dancewear/costume so that the paper with your number is perfectly aligned parallel to the floor.

Step 4: Once you have your number in place, puncture/pierce your dancewear through a corner hole on your competition number with one of your safety pins; one safety pin per hole.

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Step 5: Now take your safety pin and feed it back THROUGH the paper so that it fastens securely to your dancewear.



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Nick Kosovich is the former United States and World American Ballroom Champion. After competing for 36 years he retired from competition dancing in 2005. 

Nick is an Emmy Nominated Choreographer for Dancing with the Stars He also was a professional dancer on Season 2 and Season 3 of Dancing with the Stars.

He is from Perth, Australia  and the Co- Founder of LeNique. He currently resides in Los Angeles, Ca with his wife and co-founder Lena Kosovich.


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