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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