Alright all you dance teachers out there,it’s getting close to recital time. What does that mean? Having to choose costumes. This is one of the very stressful things about having the recital look the best it can be. You don’t want to choose the wrong costume. Sometimes you know exactly what you want, other times you don’t have the slightest idea what you want. There are so many things that go into choosing just the right costume. It can be very overwhelming. But, have no fear. I am going to give you some tips on how you can choose the right costume for your dancers.
Before you choose a costume, choose a song. It is so much easier to choose a costume around a song than a song around a costume. I have witnessed many dance teachers fall in love with a costume choose it then have no idea what song they should use. Trust me, know the song before you pick the costume. It’ll save you time and stress. Once you choose the song, know what it’s about. Every song has a story behind it. Know what that story is. Do the research. Know the meaning behind the lyrics, and know the meaning behind the beat. This will help you know what your dancers should look like when they are dancing.
Match the costume to the song. Once again, do your research. Go ahead and look online at different dance costumes. Dance costume companies have online magazines that you can look through. This is really helpful. Also, Pinterest is a good site to help you as well. Don’t know any dance costume companies? Here are some great companies you can use: Kelle Company, Weissman, Revolution Dancewear, Cicci Dance, Curtain Call Costumes and A Wish Come True.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind. The age of your dancers; don’t choose a mature costume for 5 year olds, and vice versa. You don’t want the dancers, or the parents, to feel uncomfortable with the costume. Usually the model in the picture will give you an indication of the age range that is appropriate. Body types; make sure you pay attention to the body types of your dancers. They are all beautiful no matter what their body shape is. However, let’s be honest, not everything looks good on everyone. In fact, everyone has something that they don’t look good in, and that’s ok. Be aware of your dancers shapes and sizes. Choose something that is going to flatter the majority of them.
Choosing dance costumes isn’t an easy thing to do. However, if you keep these things in mind hopefully the process will be easier for you. Don’t panic if it takes you a long time to find the right costume. Remember, great things take time, and just like with everything else, when you know, you know.