A still from "Center Stage" (via Entertainment Weekly)

5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Inspired by Your Favorite Dance Movies

News flash, guys: Halloween is TODAY. We know how easy it is to get caught up in the endless cycle of school, rehearsal, rest, repeat, and totally forget about a costume. If you're nodding to yourself right now, thinking "#Storyofmylife," we feel you—and we're here to help. Behold, our favorite dance-movie-inspired Halloween costumes that you can most definitely pull together by this evening!


1. The Red Outfit from "Center Stage"

You simply can't go wrong with this costume. Everyone will get it, it's an absolutely iconic moment in what's arguably the greatest dance movie of all time, and there's probably a 100% chance that you (or your studio besties) already have all the elements needed to pull it off.

2. Jennifer Beals' Audition Look from "Flashdance"

Ah, Flashdance. Another timeless classic. Jennifer Beals defines #goals in basically every single scene of this film. This is another look that requires essentially no work on your part—it's safe to assume you've got a black leo and leg warmers lying around. If you're a Flashdance purist, you can stick with the leo and leg warmers. But for all my #extra girls out there, I recommend wearing shimmer tights, using approximately 6 cans of hairspray to tease your locks, and getting a little heavy-handed with some (very) pigmented purple metallic eyeshadow. Optional costume addition: An off-the-shoulder heather gray short-sleeved sweatshirt.

3. John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever"

Honestly, I can't think of a combo better than bell bottoms, metallics, and an obscenely large collar. Which is why John Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" getup is everything to me. Raid your parents' closets for this one—they're definitely in possession of some bell bottoms, even if they don't admit to it at first. Optional: Aviator sunglasses and/or a feather boa (I'm deviating here, but just go with it).

4. Natalie Portman's "Black Swan" Odile Look

The whole look from Black Swan never gets old. This movie came out nine (!) years ago, and without fail every Halloween, someone's decked out in feathers, a tutu, and some super-intense eye makeup. And every Halloween, I'm here for it. So, for the seventh year in a row, channel Natalie Portman's Odile and have the fiercest night ever.

5. Victoria the White Cat from Broadway's "CATS"

(Georgina Pazcoguin as "Victoria." Photo by Matthew Murphy)

As we learned from our Facebook Live with some of the CATS cast members, transforming into your feline alter-ego is both incredibly involved and very fun. This costume is perfect for those of you who want to steal the show this Halloween, because let's be real—if you're showing up in full feline makeup and a white spandex body suit, you aren’t playing games.

For more costume ideas, check out this article.

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Hi, dance friends. It is a strange time to be a person in the world, and an especially strange time to be a dancer. As the dance community faces the coronavirus crisis, a lot of you are coping with closed studios, canceled performances and competitions, and a general sense of anxiety about how your world will look going forward.

Yes, dancers are super resilient, and there's been a lot of inspiring community-building happening. #LivingRoomDances and Instagram dance parties and virtual ballet classes with the pros are wonderful. Dance can, and should, be a bright spot in the darkness. But that weird, empty feeling you have? It might be grief. The loss of the certainty of daily class, the loss of the promise of that big end-of-year performance—that's real. The dance studio has always been a safe place; it's especially hard not to have that outlet now, when you need it most.

We're here for you. We—and our friends at Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, The Dance Edit, and Dance Business Weekly—are doing our best to document the hurdles facing the dance industry, and to advocate for dancers in need. We're developing more online content that will help you maintain and improve your technique while you're at home, and process the mental and emotional fallout of all this upheaval. (You can keep up with the latest stories here.) And we're still making our print magazine. We have issues planned and shot, full of great dance stories and beautiful photos. We're not going anywhere.

We want to hear from you. Talk to us. Or dance to us. Or both. We won't stop moving, and you shouldn't, either.

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