YES Success #2: DRESS FOR SUCCESS!

YPAC is More than Just Great Dancing!

If you’re new to the YES Success blog series, we have been highlighting the key components to a successful Year End Show! You can catch up on all the other segments by clicking HERE!



Dressing for success is a valuable Year End Show tip, but also a valuable life lesson for our students! We want our students to feel confident about themselves and ready to put their best foot forward in every situation. Dressing for success throughout the Year End Show experience from rehearsals to pictures to the production day is an important part of being successful!

Dress for Success: Modesty

It is one of YPAC’s greatest missions to take a stand in the dance industry and promote modesty, letting kids be kids. The YPAC Team is dedicated to determining the correct costumes for each class, making sure all costumes are always age-appropriate and of the highest quality possible. You can be assured that your dancer will feel confident in the costume that is chosen and you can trust your child’s best interest is of the utmost importance to us!

Dress for Success: Costumes

Part of dressing for success is knowing how the costume is supposed to be worn and referring to the costume info sheet in your Studio Director portal! In addition, remember that jewelry and underwear are not to be worn with costumes. This includes dress rehearsals, performances, and when class pictures are taken.

Costumes include all accessories (hats, gloves, tights, etc.), but do not include shoes. Be sure that your student has the correct shoes in the correct color for each class performing in the Year End Show! If you’re not sure or you need to double check, you can find that information HERE!

Our new Costume Measuring Station was a success! At the station you measured your child in order to determine their proper costume size(s). At this time you filled out a google form stating that you agree with the size(s) to be ordered for your child. Please note that the costumes we order are NOT custom and adjustments may need to be made. In the case that an alteration is needed after the costumes have been distributed, please contact YPAC’s Dance Community Director. We have seamstresses ready to use their gifts and talents to serve you.

Once costumes have been distributed, be sure to have your student try the costume on and check that all accessories are present. Students will wear their costumes for the first time on May 4th at Year End Show picture!

Another key to success in the Year End Show is costume care! Once the costumes have been distributed, label all costumes, shoes, accessories, and tights with your child’s name! Place the costumes back in the garment bag with your child’s name on the outside once you have labeled them. Pack accessories in a clear plastic bag (labeled with your child’s name). Hats should be stored in a hatbox or similar container to prevent damage. Do not wash costumes in your washing machine; dry clean only (after the show). Remove any tags that could hang out of the costume. If costume straps do not have snaps or are not attached, please sew them prior to picture day. Never cross the straps unless specified by the teacher. Many costumes come with headpieces or hats. Your costume information sheet in your Studio Director account will explain how the headpieces and accessories will be worn.

Dress for Success: Special Costume Notes

When we wear: To ensure costumes are in pristine condition, students should not wear their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the photo session, dress rehearsal, or performance.

Ironing: We do not recommend using a traditional iron when pressing costumes. Silks can burn, sequins can melt, and fabric colors may change. Please use only a steamer. Iron costumes with caution because of glues that may have been used to attach appliqués and/or trim.

Tutu Maintenance: Grasp the waist and give it a gentle shake, then use your fingers to“comb”out any pieces of tulle that are wrinkled. To store a tutu, put it on a hanger upside down. To help remove persistent wrinkles, hang the tutu in the bathroom during a shower or use a handheld steamer.

Dress for Success: Costume Changes

If your student is in more than one dance, you might be wondering who is going to help them get into their next costume and ready to go back on stage! Don’t worry! A team of YPAC leaders will be in charge of all costume changes during the YES. If your child is in more than one dance and has a costume change, it will be noted on your child’s pick up lanyard as a double or triple star dressing room. Your child will be checked in with the “Costume Lead Team.” To make this process easier on the lead team, hang costumes in the order they will be needed during the show.

Dress for Success: Costume Common Sense

  • Always have a second pair of tights available. The correct brand and color can be purchased at YPAC Yorkville or YPAC Plainfield.
  • Place costumes in a garment bag for travel.
  • Carry hats in a hatbox or container to prevent them from damage.
  • Hang costumes before each performance.
  • Write your students’ names in all costumes and shoes.