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You may have plenty of opportunities to wear costumes at dance performances throughout the year, but most dancers still wouldn’t pass up the chance to steal the spotlight on Halloween! If you’re looking for a costume that showcases your passion, consider these dance-themed ideas.

  • Maddie Ziegler from Sia’s “Chandelier” music video: You probably already have a nude leotard, and if you also happen to own a platinum blond wig, you have everything you need to portray the young dancer from the acclaimed music video “Chandelier.”
  • Baby from Dirty Dancing: First, curl your hair. Then, find a light pink dress and high heels. That’s it! If people don’t get it, tell them you’re “having the time of your life.”
  • Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing: Men, you can get in on the action, too! Don a shaggy 80s wig, a leather jacket, and jazz shoes to transform into Johnny, Patrick Swayze’s character from Dirty Dancing. To complete the look, consider carrying around a baby doll. If anyone asks, insist that “nobody puts Baby in a corner!”
  • A boy from Newsies: Have you always wanted to dance through the streets like a Newsie? To put this costume together, you’ll need knickers, suspenders or a vest, a cabby hat, and jazz shoes. Make the look more recognizable by carrying a newspaper or delivery bag.
  • Alex from Flashdance: To pull off this 80s classic, you need a grey sweatshirt dress with the neck cut out, leg warmers, and high heels. A curly brown wig and headband are optional, but they help make the costume more recognizable. “What a feeling!”
  • Michael Jackson: Which look will you go for? The red jacket from “Thriller?” The white t-shirt, black jacket, fedora, and single white glove from “Billie Jean?” The black, sequined military jacket? Whatever you choose, remember to practice your moonwalk so you can bust a move on Halloween.
  • 1920s flapper: Bring back the roaring ‘20s by wearing a fringed flapper dress on Halloween. Accessorize the costume with elbow-length gloves, fishnet tights, a feather boa, pearl necklace, or sequined headband.
  • “Dancer”: If you don’t have the time or money to buy something new this year, consider reusing an old recital costume! It’s an easy, frugal way to dress up this Halloween.

Whether you choose a dance-themed outfit or not, Dance Academy USA would like to invite you to wear your costume to class the week of Halloween! Just make sure your clothes are comfortable enough to dance in. Also, please leave masks at home for safety reasons. We will hold classes at 3:30 and 4:30 on October 31. The studio will close at 5:30 so our dancers can enjoy the school, church, and neighborhood activities they have planned for Halloween.

If you’re still on the lookout for a great dance academy in Cupertino, California, please call us to ask about registering for classes. You can contact us online, by phone at 408-257-3211, or via email at


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