Dance Costumes: How to Choose the Perfect Recital Dresses


Your months worth of practising have all paid out, and your team have memorised their moves and perform them perfectly in unison. So, now your students are eager to show their progress to their parents, family and friends. And what better way to do so than with a dance recital? For many dancers, the recitals are what motivates them to keep practising and keep improving. Not to mention, it gives them the opportunity to ditch practice clothes and get all dressed up as a real dancer.

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While your students may be excited about their dance costumes, you as the teacher have the difficult task of choosing the design. Not only do you need to settle for a theme, but you also need to make sure that your students feel comfortable and can afford the costume. To choose the right dance dress costume, here’s what you need to consider.

Consider Dance-Friendly Fabrics

When choosing a dance dress costume, you need to make sure that it’s made of a comfortable material that allows for a wide range of movements. If you’re hosting a summer recital, look for lightweight, cool fabrics, like for instance chiffon or satin. These materials are great for making dresses turn and giving the dancers a cooling, luxurious feel. The difference between chiffon and satin is that chiffon is see-through while satin is opaque and has a dramatic sheen to it.

Spandex is another great choice for dance costumes, however, while satin and chiffon are flowing, this fabric is more fitted. Because spandex can stretch, it’s great for making fitted dresses that won’t rip apart as soon as you start to dance. If you’re hosting a winter recital, velvet can be a beautiful choice for costume fabric. It has a fuzzy feel and a shiny, luxurious look that makes the costume look expensive even though it doesn’t have to be.

Pick a Theme

A theme can make the costumes more memorable and send a message. While the theme of a dance recital is often affected by the choice of the music, if your music is open for interpretation, you may get confused. So, you may want to explore some common costume themes like for instance sea, retro, tribal, futuristic, colourful and more. If it’s hard to come up with a theme, you can create unison in the way your dancers look by picking costumes in a single colour or several colours that complement each other.

Have a Budget That Suits Everyone

Dance costumes for a recital can range anywhere from $40 to $200 each. Since parents will have to pay for their children’s costumes, make sure that you don’t go for a design that’s out of people’s budget range. After all, parents will also have to account for additional extras such as shoes, tights and hair accessories. Usually, the more complex and embellished the dresses, the more expensive they will be. So, it’s best to cut costs on decorative accents, as opposed to opting for materials that are cheaper as they can also be less durable and result in an embarrassing accident on stage.