Dance Costume Colors to Consider in 2018

Every dancer’s dream is to come up with a great dance performance that will captivate the audience from the start to finish. Unfortunately, this is something that does not come easy and require a lot of dedication, hard work and passion. But even with all the physical strength, creativity, teamwork and persistence, it is only with the right costume that the performance will be filled with life.

Many people always struggle when looking for what to wear for dance performances. What they do not understand is that every dance performance has its own theme and features that require appropriate costumes in terms of design, fit, fabric and color. Well, 2018 is already here and it is time to look out for those on-trend colors befitting a contemporary dance costume.

Choosing a dance costume

It is true that there is no one universal dance costume that will go with every dance style and so is the color of the costume. For instance, a classical dance like ballet requires simple and classic dance costumes that will not distract the audience from the dance moves.

On the other hand, what you need for hip hop performances and jazz dances are flashy and eye-catching costumes and shoes that will draw the audience to the body movements. Lyrical dances involve slow and graceful body movements which require simple but elegant costumes in terms of design and fabric. Other dance styles like themed, cultural and even children dance require customized dance costumes that portray their individual themes.

Choosing the right dance costume color

While the color of your dance costume should depend on the message that the dance is trying to put across, it is equally important to choose your colors without any restriction. Many dancers choose colors that flatter their skin and hair coloring. However, the choice of costume color should depend on where you are performing and whether you are performing solo or in a troupe.

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The performance venue

There are different venues where dance performances are done including stages, restaurants, parties and so on. The difference is on the distance between the dancer and the audience which determines whether the details in your costume are seen and appreciated or not.

For a stage performance, it is better to go for bold and bright costume colors because of the longer distances and dim lighting. This may be enhanced with glitter dots, sequin and prints that are large enough to be spotted. For restaurants and party venues, the audience is close to the dancer and they will appreciate subtle costume details like dark and bright colors in shades and tints that flatter your body shape and skin tone.

Solo Vs Troupe dance

Solo dancers usually have more freedom when choosing dance costume colors that troupe members. So depending on the skin undertone, hair, veins and eye color, a solo dancer may look good in single or multi-colored costume colors.

For the troupe dance, it is better to consider the emotional message and its corresponding costume colors. The color scheme should portray a unified troupe and in this case, it is good to go with one deep, jewel tone colors like purple, emerald, royal blue or teal rather than striking multi-colored or shiny costumes.

Considering the emotional messages associated with colors is very important especially when the occasion calls for a particular mood. For instance, you may have cheer jackets customized  using colors like blue, blue-violet, yellow-green or any other color that may match with the team’s spirit or name. A dusty-rose is a new trend setting color for 2018 that is being used by dance troupes to signify softness, romance and femininity.

There are color theories that have been put forward and they apply to different areas including the stage, art, fashion, make-up and even interior décor. When it comes to dance costumes, you need to coordinate your colors well to not only to suit the type of performance but also to make sure that you captivate your audience by making your movements more flowing and elaborate.

It actually pays to know which costume goes with your skin tone and hair color as well as your body shape and size but don’t forget to find out which costume colors look great in your performance arena as well.


Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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