Halloween Costumes That You Can Take From the Studio to the Streets
Degas Ballet Dancer
This is a super simple DIY costume that almost any dancer can assemble. All you need is a tutu of sorts and a black choker. You can add flowers or ribbons, or even do your makeup to look like Degas' impressionist painting. Google "degas ballet dancer" for more creative takes on this timeless costume that'll look as good at a Halloween party as it does in your dance class.
Red Emoji Girl
Who doesn't love the red emoji dancer? You can't go wrong with this sassy get-up. Put your own stamp on the costume by making the costume as elaborate or simple as you like. A red leo with short wrap skirt paired with a flower and fan would be perfect for a ballet class. Wear a fun red dress for less formal dance classes. Just be sure to practice the famous red emoji girl stance for all those Instagram posts your friends will want you to pose for.
80's Aerobics Girls
Get inspired by all those #flashbackfriday posts and flash all the way back to the eighties. The big hair, bright colors, and crazy patterns will definitely be a crowd pleaser. What's even better is that as dancer, you probably already have a lot of these items in your closet at home. Pair a leotard over some crazy leggings and add your favorite leg warmers and you've got an awesome Halloween costume that was practically made for dance class. (Bonus points for adding scrunchies and a fanny pack to the mix.)
The Seven Dwarfs
You and your girl squad can really embrace your friendship with this group costume. Oversized t-shirts and beanies are easy to find in stores and won't cost an arm and a leg. You can take things further by adding a beard or fun little props (like a shovel) from The Dollar Store.
Everyone loves a hero and there are so many to pick from these days. You can fly solo with your cape, or get a group of your dance buddies together and create the Justice League or The Avengers. Either way, superhero costumes were practically made for the dance floor thanks to the spandex styled costumes out there.
Thing 1 & Thing 2
Grab your BFF, a red leotard, and a blue skirt and you've got the makings of two of the greatest literary characters since Fred and George Weasley. 😉 Thing1 & Thing2 are some of Dr. Seuss' most mischievous and active characters, which means you'll have no problem coming up with versatile creations that'll allow you to have as much fun in dance class as these two naughty characters did in "The Cat In The Hat."
Solid colored leotards with the signature white "m" will have all of your friends wishing they would have thought of your genius halloween costume. The best part about this costume is that you don't have to pick between the trick or the treat because you can do all the tricks you want (grand jete, penche, Italian fouetté) while being the best treat around. 😁
There's nothing like a "punny" Halloween costume, especially when it's dance-inspired. With a hilarious costume like this you'll be the life of the party/dance class! Just be sure to pair (🍐) this look with a sense of humor and some clever puns for the best results.
Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dumb
This original costume idea will get you and your besty all the LOLs. The hardest part will be deciding who's Tweedle Dee and who's Tweedle Dumb. Shout out to these Miami City Ballet dancers who prove that you can be just as festive in the studio as you can trick or treating through your neighborhood.
What a week in the "Dancing with the Stars" universe, amirite? After we bid farewell to Drew Scott and Emma Slater on Monday (in a surprise to pretty much nobody, despite the duo's strong performance in a super-fun freestyle that evening), it was time, last night, for Season 25's Grand Finale. And goodness, I don't know if we've ever seen quite so many perfect scores thrown around the ballroom. The final three—Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, and Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas—performed a total of six routines on Tuesday, and five of them earned straight 10s. Yes, those scores were well-deserved; the finalists danced their bedazzled behinds off. But it also felt like the judges were channeling Oprah. YOU get a 10, and YOU get a 10, and YOUUUU get a 10!
Turkey is great and all, but the best part of Thanksgiving? It's watching some truly fantastic dancing on television, courtesy the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. On Thursday, when your arms are sore from mashing potatoes and/or you need to escape crazy Aunt Linda, head to the living room to catch these super-dancey parade highlights:
Taja Riley's bold, full-out presence and unique ability to mix hard-hitting hip hop with smooth, sensual choreography paved the way for her success in the commercial industry. She's danced with music icons like Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Pitbull, and Bruno Mars, and has assisted with choreography for Britney Spears' Femme Fatale tour, Demi Lovato's Skyscraper tour, and Beyoncé's Mrs. Carter tour. She also appeared in Beyoncé's groundbreaking visual album Lemonade. Raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Riley grew up training at Denise Wall's Dance Energy. Currently, she's on faculty at New York City Dance Alliance, where you can catch her touring the convention circuit. —Courtney Bowers
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email email@example.com a chance to be featured!
I'm being bullied by one of the girls at my studio, and it's awful. I've talked to my dance teacher and confronted the bully directly, but it hasn't made a difference. What should I do?
Last week, we highlighted the deliberately, hysterically bad @biscuitballerina Instagram account, created by a then-mysterious dancer with a great sense of humor. This week, the artist behind @biscuitballerina—who turns out to be Royal Ballet of Flanders corps member Shelby Williams—got in touch with us to set the record straight about the intentions of those LOL-worthy posts.
Her photos and videos, with their exaggeratedly cringe-worthy technical flaws, are NOT meant to mock amateur dancers. Instead, Williams is actually hoping the account will help all dancers move past their shortcomings and accept themselves and their dancing.
P!nk, known for her high-flying, acrobatic awards show sets, has literally raised the bar for pop stars everywhere. For her performance at last night's American Music Awards, P!nk decided to break out some flips and tricks ON THE SIDE OF A BUILDING. WHILE FLAWLESSLY SINGING HER FACE OFF. You know, just casually, like you do when you're a full-on goddess.
When you think of a dancer, a double leg amputee may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Eric Graise, who's one of the stars of the upcoming "Step Up: High Water" YouTube Red series, hopes to change that. Graise, whose legs were amputated as a child due to missing fibula bones, will play a character named King in the new dance series, set to debut early next year.
We all suffer from Nutcracker fatigue sometimes. After a zillion performances, it's hard not to. But there's nothing to restore your little-kid sense of Nutcracker wonder like a look at the sheer scale of a world-class Nut.
New York City Ballet's iconic production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker opens on Friday, and for the past week, the company has been Tweeting out some seriously eye-popping #NutcrackerNumbers. The stats cover everything from the number of jingle bells used on each Candy Cane costume (that'd be 144) to the watts of light used in the show's grand finale (ONE. MILLION. WATTS.).
One of the most beautiful things social media has brought us is the ability to feel like we're up close and personal behind-the-scenes with all our favorite dancers. And one of our favorite stars to Insta-stalk are actually two casts of 36 scintillatingly synchronized precision dancers. I'm talking, of course, about my mild obsession with the legendary Radio City Rockettes.