How to Create a Ballerina Costume

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There are many different costume options here, with tutus, leotards, tights, slippers, toe shoes and more. Remember that boys can be great ballet dancers too.

Things You'll Need

  • Ballerina Costume
  • Ballet Slippers
  • Leotards
  • Opaque Hosiery
  • Tiaras
  • Tutus
  • Body Glitters
  • Hair Gel
  • Pull your hair into a bun if you're female. Boys and short-haired girls should slick back the 'do with gel.

  • Buy, borrow or recycle a leotard.

  • Choose a stiff tutu, character or practice skirt made from flowing organza material. Boys can wear tights.

  • Make a skirt by wrapping materials around your waist or by basting stiff net and tulle to a wide ribbon or elastic band. Toy and costume shops are relatively inexpensive.

  • Remember that tights in different colors create moods. Thicker stockings and boy sizes are available in dance shops.

  • Buy, borrow or search thrift shops for ballet slippers, or use slip-ons from a department store.

  • Choose a character for your dancer costume.

  • Stand on your toes and then stand on one foot while saying "Trick or treat."

  • Glide about gracefully.

  • Pirouette.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ballet slippers are thin. If the kids complain because it's cold and/or raining, tell them that dancers always wear appropriate footgear - but let them bundle up if they're freezing.
  • Try thrift shops, where you can frequently find inexpensive items that suit your needs.
  • Consider a ready-made costume if you want to save some time, and possibly money. Check the Things You'll Need list for some options.

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