Store costume/tights in a safe place at home. This is not a dress up costume yet; please do not allow children to play in the costume until after the shows are over. The costumes and accessories are NOT replaceable.
Costumes should be hung to take out wrinkles—a steamy bathroom works well - but avoid getting the costume wet. DO NOT IRON COSTUMES. Many of the fabrics used in dance costumes will melt if a hot iron is used.
DO HAVE YOUR CHILD TRY ON HIS/HER COSTUME.
Ask him/her to dance around and see how the straps stay on, etc. in case their costume is in need of any minor alterations. Dancers are responsible for alterations. If you are altering the costume it is best to use a needle and thread because safety pins have the possibility of opening while the dancer is moving.
I have a seamstress who has offered to sew strap alterations at a cost of $5 per costume. Dancers can bring the costume to try on for her at class - please email me ahead of time so I can arrange for her to be at class. I must be notified of any strap alterations by Friday, April 3 so straps can be handled during studio classes.
BRINGING COSTUMES & SHOES TO RECITAL
Bring all costume pieces and shoes in the wardrobe bag. Dance bags, plastic bags, etc. are not easy for students or volunteers to see all costume pieces and items when changing between numbers.
Sending a cover up (robe, recital t-shirt, etc.) for when having snacks or traveling from place to place is a great idea!
LABEL ALL COSTUMES, SHOES, ETC. with dancer’s initials.