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Try It On! Dance Costumes Need to Fit, and Fit Well

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Since our industry is in the midst of its show and performance season, it seems like a good time to reiterate the importance of requiring every students to have their costume and any apparel-based item, and try it on prior to leaving the studio.

The benefits include:

(1) It allows an opportunity for you to recognize/address any problems prior to the costume leaving your facility.

(2) It prepares you for questions/concerns a parent may have about a particular costume.

(3) It allows you to be proactive, informed, and knowledgeable.

Many times, a parent will present a question/concern without realizing the costume was tried on in class.

And, while many apparel issues can be resolved with a yank/tug and/or safety pins, it also presents the opportunity for you to intercept any major problems.

Keep in mind that many parents are not familiar with the fit and look of many dance costumes. Be the professional and guide them through the process. They will appreciate it, and you will feel confident in your dancers’ onstage look and appearance!

Want to read more expert advice about dance costumes and how your studio can make the most out of them? Read our article titled “Profitable Recital Costumes Start Now.”

Chasta Hamilton Calhoun

Chasta is the artistic director and owner of Stage Door Dance Productions in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is also the founder of The Dance Exec, a website and organization that provided resources and training for dance studio owners. The resources from The Dance Exec have a new home on the TutuTix blog, giving dance studio owners an even more in-depth library of free tools and information with which to grow their business. Chasta contributes to the TutuTix blog from time to time, offering her perspective as a studio owner (and TutuTix client!).