10 Costume Mishaps All Dancers Suffer From

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Costumes: We look amazing in them but, boy, sometimes they're the actual worst. Whether they don't fit correctly or they rip right before a performance, here are 10 wardrobe malfunctions all dancers unfortunately suffer through at one point or another.


When Your Costume Arrives But Is a Size Too Small 

The worst is when this happens only a few days before the competition. What are we supposed to do!?

When Sequins Start Falling Off All Over

Time to grab the hot glue gun!

When They Don't Make the Costume in Your Size 

It's 2018 and we need more companies selling costumes in plus-sizes, please and thank you.

When Your Costume Rips During Rehearsal 

Call the dance moms and tell them to bring a needle and thread!

Even Worse: When it Rips Onstage

Should you run into the wings to fix it or not???

When Your Straps Keep Falling Down

Grab some tape and set those straps in place.

When You're Driving to the Competition and Forget Your Costume

When you have multiple costumes, it's hard to keep track. Better speed back to the house to get it!

Oops, You Stained Your Costume

And that's why you never eat in costume, kids.

When Your Shoe Goes Flying into the Audience

At least you didn't hit the judges.

When Your Skirt Falls Off During a Performance

Is there anything worse? Ugh, so embarrassing!

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Gabriel Figueredo in a variation from Raymonda. VAM Productions, Courtesy YAGP.

This week, over 1,000 young hopefuls gathered in New York City for the Youth America Grand Prix finals, giving them the chance to compete for scholarships and contracts to some of the world's top ballet schools and companies. Roughly 85 dancers made it to the final round at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater on Wednesday. Today, the 20th anniversary of YAGP came to a close at the competition's awards ceremony. Read on to find out who won!

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Her one job offer came from Kim Robards Dance, a small modern company based in Aurora, CO. After attending KRD's summer intensive, Sydor ended up accepting a yearlong position with the troupe. "I was relieved and happy to begin my career," she says. She's been working as a contemporary dancer ever since.

In the dance world, rejection is part of the package. That doesn't make it any more pleasant. But whether you didn't get the Nutcracker role of your dreams or you weren't picked for a job despite feeling like you aced the audition, you can emerge from even the most gut-wrenching "no" smarter and stronger.

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