Costumes for Performances

Costume Information

Our Costume Director works closely with our instructors to acquire costumes that are unique to the various regions of dance. BIG Thank you to Sherri for stepping up to organize and assign and build costume collections. We have been able to design and purchase embroidered costumes directly from artisans in Ukraine. The money earned from our casino and fundraisers helps purchase new costumes. 
We purchase our costumes and accessories in class sets. As a result, we are able to build and care for a lovely assortment of pieces that last many years. Your closets will thank us. Parents are responsible for signing costume deposit cheques during registration and for helping maintain costumes (take them off before eating!) We hand out the costumes in December and reuse our logo Costume Bags. An email regarding care instructions for each piece is sent out at the end of the year - do not fret, most pieces do not require dry cleaning. 
  • Please iron or steam costumes before performances

  • Thank you for bringing your deposit cheques. 

  • Building a costume prep bag with large bobby pins, hair nets, clear hockey tap, safety pins. Add little hair elastics (hair colour or clear) and extra socks (Lacey or black depending on costume)  

  • Students need to come to performances with their costumes secured (taped and pinned straight)

  • Try on costumes pieces prior to the first performance.  If it needs a repair that you can manage, go for it. We suggest using a lighter to clean up frayed ribbons. You have our permission to move buttons. If anything needs major attention, please email Sherri at

  • We do our best to hand out size-appropriate pieces. These are shared costumes and we do our very best to find a good fit. ULAS does not require families to purchase or make their own costumes and we hope to keep it that way with your cooperation.

    The $200 costume deposit cheques are returned to each dancer at the costue return date when:

    1. Costumes have been properly laundered or dry cleaned and 
    2. Costumes are in good condition (at the discretion of our board members) 


We have a 10% discount at On Stage Dance Wear Tell them you dance with St. Basil’s

United Cycle building. 7618 Gateway Blvd and our entrance is just south of the main entrance to United Cycle and up the stairs.

(780) 432-7998 or (780) 974-9919 "Starting immediately we are booking intake appointments for you to consign or donate a limited number of your "gently worn" costumes, tap shoes, character shoes or elastabooties. If you are interested please message or email us, and we will provide you with full details.” - Onstage Dance wear website


Specific Costume Information

Our dress rehearsal will be used as a costume check. 


  • Girls hair should be in 2 french braids (tucked in and secured at the back), hairnet, bobby pins to secure headpiece, make-up (stage brightening for lights, whatever you are comfortable with), 
  • If it’s too short, try parting down the middle with two low pony tails, or a low bun. Please braid in any bangs or hair spray them back. French braid tutorial:
  • Ends must be fastened at the base with bobby pins or red ribbons. If you need help, Sherri would love to teach you in January.
  • A hairnet is needed to keep the frizzies down. 
  • Many of the girls' blouses are ¾ sleeves - these need to be clear-hockey-taped at the elbow.
  • No jewelry. Pieces of band-aids must cover earrings if not removable. 
  • No nail polish
  • Footwear:


    Kupalo (Tues. 5:45)

    Girls: Mondor tights caramel colour, black Paris teaching shoes

    Boy: black socks, black slippers Follow specific info from Cindy

    Zirka (Tues. adult)

    Mondor tights caramel colour, black warm-up slippers (red boots as of 2024)

    Viter (Wed. 5:00)

    Girls: red tights, red slippers

    Boys: black socks, black slippers

    Kvitky (Wed 5:30)

    Girls: white socks, red slippers

    Boys: black socks and black slippers

    Vesna (Wed 6:45)

    Mondor tights: caramel colour, red slippers

    Sontse (Wed 7:45)

    Girls: Mondor tights: caramel colour, red slippers 

    Boys: black socks, black slippers/oxfords



    Headpieces MUST be fastened with bobby pins. For ribbons with flowers, the flower goes over the dancer's LEFT ear. If the headpiece has a clear elastic that is too long, feel free to shorten it with a small knot off to the side. 

    Please iron or steam them before our performance. 

    Make-up is intended to brighten up the face under the bright stage lights. Feel free to use what you feel comfortable with. Kupalo is using a maroon/wine-coloured eye-shadow and red lipstick. 


  • Boys' waists need to be hockey taped first, because if someone else accidentally steps on the pants they fall down. So tape them on and then tie the poyas (belt). Pin the belt to keep it fastened to the pants or back of shirt.
  • Tutorial for tying the poyas: 
  • We cannot stress enough that ALL costume pieces are WELL-FASTENED. Pins work, but we highly recommend clear hockey tape. Boys need their full waists taped (under their poyas), and ankles if they’re long and baggy enough to cover.
  • All boys will wear black socks with black slippers and hair should be neat and out of the eyes.


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