Costume Details

Costumes are ordered each December and begin arriving in February and March.  Costumes are sent home with the dancers after spring break.  It is extremely important that your costumes are taken care of.
Costume Care

Dance studio Winnipeg costumesIt is very important that your costumes are taken care of so that they stay in great shape for pictures and recital – they should not be worn other than for pictures, recital, or to do any adjustments as outlined below.  You may find that some costumes will need to be steamed to unwrinkle them (do not iron!) or that straps need to be adjusted and sewn in to ensure that the bodysuit properly fits your dancer.  Please take the time before picture day to ensure that you have steamed your costumes or adjusted and sewn straps in place - there will not be time on picture day for your child’s teacher or office staff to do this.  If you are unsure of what to do when it comes to straps or steaming, or you have any other questions about the care of your costume, please come in and discuss this with us in the office (well before picture day).  Instructions for steaming are below.


How to steam my costume

Dance classes winnipeg costumesMost costumes are made of delicate material that must be steamed rather than ironed to unwrikle the fabric.  If you iron them, they could melt or burn.  If you don’t have a clothes steamer, here is another way to steam your costume and still keep it in great shape:

  • Hang the costume on a hanger in your bathroom, without it being in the shower (such as the curtain rod, towel rack, hook on the back of the shower door)
  • Turn the shower on very hot, to try and create steam that will fog up your bathroom mirror, and leave the costume there in the steamy bathroom;  then leave the costume in the bathroom for a day or two – it should unwrinkle over a few days, each time it experiences steam from someone’s shower
  • If the costume doesn’t unwrinkle after a few days of shower steam, try spraying the costume with water using a spray mist bottle, and give it a few more days in the bathroom

Hair and Make-up

Hair and make-up are just as much a part of a dancer's costume as the clothes they wear on stage.  When your dancer receives his or her costume, they'll also receive a slip indicating hair and make-up details for their dance.  If you have any questions about how to properly do hair/make-up, don't hesitate to ask, or check out these great tutorials: