Costumes for Performances

General Information

Our Costume Directors work closely with our instructors to acquire costumes that are unique to the various regions of dance. a BIG Thank you to Sherri and Tania for stepping up to organize costumes this year! For the past three years, we have been able to design and purchase embroidered costumes directly from artisans in Ukraine. The money earned from our Casino helped purchase new costume pieces. 
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 they eat!) 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, not all pieces require dry cleaning. 
  • These costumes have been in tight storage for 2 years. PLEASE feel free to iron/steam them before our video-taping. This is a MUST for KALYNA

  • Everything has been handed out. Thank-you for bringing your deposit cheques.

  • Start building a costume prep bag with bobby pins, hockey tape (clear), and safety pins, black socks (boys), little hair elastics (hair colour or clear). Students need to come to performances with their costumes secured.

  • Try on costumes pieces prior to the first performance, in case minor fixes (buttons) need to happen. If it needs a repair that you can manage, please feel free to help out. We suggest using a lighter to clean up fraying 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; however, some modifications may be needed. These are shared costumes and we do our very best to get a good fit, but they may need minor alterations. The ULAS does not require families to purchase their own costumes every year and we hope to keep it that way with your cooperation   

    The $100 costume deposit cheques are returned to each dancer at the costume 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”. 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 Information

Our video-taping in January will be used as a costume check. Sherri will be there to teach you about pinning/taping. Families will be allowed to watch the performances. 



  • 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. 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. 
  • Headpieces MUST be fastened with bobby pins. If you have a ribbon/flower, the flower is over the dancers 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.
  • Many of the girls' blouses are ¾ sleeves - these need to be clear-hockey-taped at the elbow. 
  • Footware: 
    KVITKY - White socks with lace ruffle, red slippers   
    VESNA - White socks with lace ruffle, red slippers
    SONTSE - Mondor tights caramel colour, red slippers
    KALYNA/VITER - Mondor tights caramel colour, black Paris teaching shoes
    ZIRKA - Mondor tights caramel colour black warm up slippers

(This graphic has the wrong times and dates, but the information regarding costuming is correct)


  • 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
  • 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 sashes), 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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