Recital Costumes, Tights and Shoes

Costume Fit and Alterations

When you receive your costume, you most likely will need to make alterations to make sure that your child's costume fits properly and that all parts are secure. The costume companies send us a costume that is closest to your child's measurements, but few are exact fits. Even though careful measurements are taken of each student in the fall, we cannot predict how a student might grow by the time of the recital, nor whether the costume companies will size costumes on the small or large side. We intentionally try to order costumes slightly large to allow for growing room; however, even with this, a child can grow more than we predict and the child's costume can arrive fitting small. It is impossible to expect that the costumes will fit everyone perfectly. Each family should assume that alterations will need to be made.

Note on Sewing

 If your child's costume needs any alterations, it must be brought to the attention of Miss Dawn immediately. Parents are asked not to preform their own alterations on the costumes this year as they are only renting them from the studio and cannot be cut or damaged. If there is a need for sewing or alteration, Miss Dawn will gladly take your costume and fix it for you. However, please do not wait until the last minute to mention it.


Caring for your Costume

Do not iron your costume. Even a cool iron can melt the fabric. Most costumes arrive very wrinkled; steaming them or hanging them in a steamy bathroom will remove most of the wrinkles.


Do not wear your costume. Please do not let your children wear their costumes until the performance. We cannot get replacements.


Keep all costume parts (tights, shoes, costumes, and headpieces) together in a garmet bag labelled with your child's name. Since there will be a number of children backstage with the same costume, costumes can easily get mixed-up or lost. If your child's costume is not in a labelled garmet bag, backstage volunteers will asume your child doesn't have a costume, and they will not go on stage.


Keep accessories together. We suggest you keep all your costume parts together. One option is to place the accessories (headpiece, gloves, etc.) in a plastic zip-loc bag, poke a small hole through it, and hang it on the same hanger as the costume. Make sure you have all of your costume parts with you for the performances.


All students will need to obtain specified tights for the Recital. Check the                                             to determine the specific color of tights you will need for each number. Any classes that require no shoes or toe undies will need to be sure that the tights they wear are convertible or otherwise footless. We also highly suggest that once students purchase their tights for Recital, that they keep them as "performance" tights, and not wear them for practice to keep them clean and free of any runs. Competitive students should already have the tights that they need.

Notes on Tights

  • Miss Dawn will not be providing tights, so please do not wait until performance day to purchase your tights.


  • All students who have competed should already have their tights - students who have not attended competition will need the same tights as the rest of the class.

  • All classes wearing tan tights will need to purchase tights through the studio to be sure that they are the same colour.


All students will need to obtain specified footwear for the recital. All recital footwear is the same as our in-class dress code unless otherwise specified. See the                                              to determine what style of shoe you will need. Call the studio or ask your teacher if you have a question. 


Do not buy new shoes unless your old shoes are really filthy/falling apart or do not fit. Small smudge marks will not be seen on stage. Shoes can be spot cleaned with mild dish soap.

Tap Shoes


Younger students - Black patent leather tap shoes:
Students doing tap in the Kinder-Bop and Petite level should obtain black patent leather tap shoes. 


Older students - Black leather tap shoes: 
Students of the senior, junior and primary levels should have uniform tap shoes in good quality to prevent injuries. We recomment split sole tap shoes that are either lace-up or slip-on to give flexibility to the foot. If you do not have the right type of tap shoe, we have some used tap shoes at the studio as donations that students may wear for Recital.




Jazz Shoes

All jazz classes require any tan slip-on jazz shoe. Some classes however, will require "foot undeez". If your class requires there and you do not have a pair of these, contact Miss Dawn.

Ballet Shoes

Ballet shoes must be pink. Clean ballet shoes with dish soap if they are dirty. Make sure the elastic is secure. Knot the strings, and tuck them inside the shoe. Duct tape them to the inside of the shoe to hold in place if necessary. No bows (spiders) should be showing.


Note: The only ballet shoe we have identified as not acceptable is pink cotton gymnastics slippers. These slippers in general stand out when worn on stage (they are brighter than leather shoes). We prefer leather or canvas shoes.

Hip Hop Shoes

Hip Hop students usually will have a specific type of shoe purchased as part of their costume for an extra cost, or tied into their costume rental fee. Please refer to the Recital Info Chart for the specific style of shoes for your class. Call the studio or ask your teacher if you have a question.

Costume Changes & Modesty Concerns






If you plan in advance, there should be no reason a student needs to get completely undressed if they do not want to, and there should be no reason a student needs to leave the dressing room during the show to change a costume. If modesty is a concern, students can bring an oversized t-shirt to change under, wear a nude leotard under their costume, and/or underdress/overdress their tights. If you have questions, please talk to Miss Dawn.


Please do a "check" before recital to be sure that the underwear your child plans on wearing to not show through or stick out of the costume. Underwear and bras should definitely not be seen.


Please contact the studio if you have questions or concerns.

Students may come to the theater wearing their first costume unless it is raining.


Please Change Costumes in the Dressing Room. Students who are in two or more classes may have to change their costumes and tights during the recital. In order to keep track of children during the recital and ensure their safety, all costume changes must be done in the dressing room and not in the bathrooms. Please discuss this with your child in advance.

Nude-coloured Camisole Leotards

If students have a costume change and are concerned about modesty, they have the option of wearing a nude colored camisole leotard under their costume. This way, when they take off their costume, they are still covered. These are available at dance stores, such as The Trophy Shop, and sometimes even Walmart in the ladies underwear section. Replacement clear straps for nude leotards are available at most places where they would sell bras.

Overdressing/Underdressing Tights

If you are wearing two or more colors of tights in the show, you may need to underdress or overdress your tights (i.e. wear two pairs of tights at the same time). This will assist you in changing costumes when time is short, and help with any modesty concerns. Plan ahead! Check the Recital Information Chart to see if you need more than one color of tights, then check the order of your numbers. If students need to change tights, they may either wear both pairs of tights for their first number and then take the top pair off for their second number, or wear one pair of tights for the first number and put the second pair of tights on top for their other numbers. Contact the studio if you have any questions about this.

Quick Changes

Students that have quick changes during the recital will be notified by getting a letter a couple of weeks prior to recital. We use a designated area for quick changes during recital (hallway between the 2 doors to get backstage behind the auditorium w/ dividers). Students with quick changes will be notified personally before Recital.

Quick Change students need to make sure they have their costume in a bag, on a hanger, clearly labeled with the student's name and which class the costume is for. Put headpieces and shoes in plastic bags and hang them on the hanger. You should also bring a grocery bag with your name on it, to be used to quickly collect the costume parts you are taking off. Before the show, Quick Change students will need to pre-set their costumes, with each piece laid out ready to change into, before the show starts.

Quick Change students also need to carefully plan what tights they are wearing; underdressing or overdressing tights (see above) will make costume changes easier when time is short. If you feel your child has a quick change and it is not mentioned, contact the studio.

Other Notes

Jewellery - Do not wear jewelry on stage. This includes bracelets (ankle or wrist), earrings, rings, etc. Please leave these items at home.

Pierced Ears - Do not get your child's ears pierced before the Dress Rehearsal and Performance. If you plan to, wait until after the show, as earrings are not allowed.

Nail Polish - Please do not wear colored nail polish or fake nails (or toe polish, if dancing in bare feet).

Underwear & Bras - Please check to make sure that the underwear your child plans to wear don't show through or stick our of their costume. If a student feels that she needs to wear a bra, please make sure the bra is nude with clear straps and a clear back (can be found at the Trophy Shop or purchased online)