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.
Misty Copeland. Her name is synonymous with exquisite artistry and outspoken advocacy. And her visibility has made a huge impact on the ballet world. Ballet's relationship with race has always been strained at best, hostile at worst. But Copeland's persistent message and star quality have finally forced the ballet industry to start talking about racial diversity, inclusivity, and representation. "The rarity of seeing ourselves represented is sad," Copeland says. "The more we see every hue and body shape represented on the stage, the more possibilities young dancers feel they have for themselves."
"Whole, low-fat, or skim?" The question of which milk to drink has gotten a little more complicated lately, with a wide variety of nondairy milks popping up in grocery stores. To find out which ones are worth your milk money, we had registered dietitian Monika Saigal answer some FAQs.
Yesterday, the dance community was heartbroken to learn that Jaime Guttenberg and Cara Loughran, both 14-year-old dancers, were among the 17 people killed on Valentine's Day in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
American Ballet Theatre principal Sarah Lane charms audiences with her bright energy and crisp technique. The San Francisco, CA, native first started dancing at age 4 at a local community center, and at age 7 started training in Memphis, TN, at the Classical Ballet Memphis. Her family later moved to Rochester, NY, where she continued studying at the Draper Center for Dance Education. In 2002, she was a YoungArts Foundation winner in dance, allowing her to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2003, was made a soloist in 2007, and was promoted to principal last fall. Recently, she originated the role of Princess Praline in Alexei Ratmansky's Whipped Cream. Catch her later this spring during ABT's Metropolitan Opera season. —Courtney Bowers
You and I both know that dancing is the best thing since chocolate chip cookies! But its always nice when dance gets the recognition it deserves from non–dance-world peeps. That's why we did our own happy dance when we saw Shape magazine's article on how dancing can actually make you a better athlete.
When Ruby Castro became a Top 10 finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" Season 13, she was a fresh, feisty new face to most at-home viewers. But in the dance world—particularly on the ballroom circuit—Ruby was already a household name. Miami-based Ruby grew up as a belle of the ballroom: Her parents, Manny and Lory Castro, are veritable superstars of the scene. They're the owners of Dance Town, an ultra-competitive studio in Doral, FL, and raised Ruby to follow in their furiously fast footsteps. Before she graced the "SYT" stage, Ruby had already been named a U.S. Junior Champion in Latin Ballroom, and competed on "America's Got Talent"—twice!
So, we know she's talented, we know she's versatile, we know she's stunning, and we know she can dance. But here's what you may not know about Ruby.
You know that thing when you're onstage at a competition and you catch your teacher unconsciously marking through every step of the choreography in the wings, just willing you and the rest of the group to dance perfectly?
Yeah—that happens in ice dancing, too. Case in point: the scene at the Olympic rink yesterday, as Canadian ice-dancing legends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir skated their way to their third Olympic gold.
Obviously, their performance was all kinds of epic. But the off-ice "performance" given by their coach, Marie-France Dubreuil, was EVERYTHING.
Photo by Travis Kelley, courtesy Kathryn Morgan
In our "Dear Katie" series, former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!
I want to dance in a ballet company, but I'm insecure about my body. I'm not skinny, and I don't think I ever will be, because that's just not the way I'm built. Please be honest with me: If I don't have the traditional ballet body, do I have a future in professional ballet?