5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes for Dancers

Hi there guys and ghouls! Are you super excited for Halloween, the (IMHO) most wonderful time of the year? What's that? You don't have a costume because you've been too busy rehearsing for Nutcracker/Regionals/studying for mid-terms? Don't worry, DS has your back. Here are five dancer-friendly costumes that you can probably throw together from stuff you already have!

Black cat: Dancers already have all-black everything, so this one shouldn't be too hard. Chances are, you already have a black beanie or headband with cat ears, too! Use pencil eyeliner to draw a nose and whiskers, and stuff a leg of an old pair of tights to make your tail. Meow!

80s, baby! (via Pinterest)

Flower: Do you have any frilly, neon pink tutus left over from your ballet/tap combo days? Put one on your head, paint your face and voilà: You're a flower! (Bonus idea: If you have multiple tutus, wear them around your torso and be a loofah.)

Aerobics instructor: We're guessing you have plenty of neon spandex. Wear it with your best pair of legwarmers, toss on a headband and you're set. Extra credit if you have white sneakers and a lanyard.

#Throwback: We saw tons of #throwback trends at Nationals this year, including flapper fringe and 1950s-style saddle shoes. Recycle an old costume and go as your grandma or great-grandma when she was a teenager.

Maddie slaying in Sia's "Cheap Thrills" vid in the iconic look we've all come to love. (via YouTube)

Maddie Ziegler in Sia's videos: This is too easy. Everyone has a nude leo. Add a white wig and some freaky facials, and you're good to go. Besides, you already know the choreo, right?

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Latest Posts


Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by Jamayla Burse

Catching Up With Christian Burse, Comp Kid Turned Complexions Rising Star

With her nearly limitless facility, well-timed dynamics and incredible control, Christian Burse's future as a dancer was guaranteed to be bright. A student at the renowned Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, TX, and at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, TX, Burse has consistently made waves: She won first runner-up for Teen Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2019, received a grant for summer study at Juilliard from the Texas Young Masters program in 2020, and was named a YoungArts finalist for dance in 2021.

So, it wasn't all that surprising when Burse announced that, at just 17 years old, she would be joining Complexions Contemporary Ballet as an apprentice for the company's 2021–22 season.

Dance Spirit caught up with Burse to hear all about her first season with Complexions ahead of the contemporary ballet company's run at the Joyce Theater in NYC this month.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search