And now…. the moment you’ve all been waiting for… (drum-roll, please)… IT’S FINALLY COSTUME WEEK!! Holy cow, you thought this day would NEVER come! Whether you have just one, super cute, colorful tutu to try on, or 6 different costumes of various shapes, fabrics, and styles, Costume Day can be one of the most exciting days at the studio (and, at the same time, one of the most crazy, chaotic, and stressful).
But not to worry! There are a few simple steps you can, and should take to keep your Costume Day drama, and stress-free!
We all know there is a long list of things that COULD go wrong…. your costume doesn’t fit, it wasn’t what you were expecting, you get home and you’re missing a costume piece, your tights are the wrong size, the color doesn’t go well with your skin-tone or hair color, etc. etc. etc. The list could go on forever. Please DON’T PANIC!! It is important to remember that:
A. Your studio director or instructor/s spent hours upon hours UPON HOURS choosing your costumes to match well with your dance song, theme, and choreography. They were chosen for a reason, and a GOOD one! :) If you don’t particularly like your costume right away, give it some time. Soak it all in. Think of how it will look on stage with your whole class together as one! Maybe it will grow on you! BE POSITIVE!! :)
B. If your costumes were ordered through a costume company (which many and most are) they come in different sizes, just like any clothing that you buy at the store. Youth X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large, and Adult X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large. Dancers are measured to help decide which size, out of these choices, will fit each dancer best. There is no guarantee that the costume you receive is going to fit you “like a glove”. If it does, GREAT! You are one of the lucky ones! But chances are, it wont be a perfect fit. In which case, you can either deal with it and use some safety pins to help secure it, OR have a seamstress adjust the costume so that it does fit you just right. Going into Costume Day, please know that this just might be YOU!
C. If you get home and realize you are missing a costume piece, or your tights are the wrong size, DON’T PANIC! Many times, in the crazy-ness that Costume Day creates, dancers misplace or accidentally grab someone else’s hair piece, shorts, tights, shoe bows, or other random items strewn across the studio floor. If this happens to you, contact your studio director to inform them of the missing or extra or incorrect item RIGHT AWAY! This will help to insure that all dancers end up with all of the correct costume pieces needed.
D. And finally, listen carefully to your studio director or instructor’s directions on how to care for your costumes once you take them home. For example, tutus need to be hung up in a special way to keep them fluffy and many times costumes will need to be steamed to release the wrinkles from packaging. These special directions are very important to keep your costumes in pristine, stage-ready condition!!
Good Luck to you all on Costume Day! Don’t forget…. BE POSITIVE and LISTEN CLOSE! :)
**ECSOD’s Costume Week is March 5-10th, 2012!! Parents MUST be present during class to assist with Costuming!!**
Happy Costuming and Happy Dancing!!
~ Miki Hegg, Assistant Director, ECSOD