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Developing any talent is expensive, but because of its multiple facets, developing as a dancer can be even more so. Dancers go to class, perform, wear costumes and casual dance attire, and travel to competitions. Doing all of this is often necessary to achieve your dance goals, but it can also be hard to budget. Luckily, with some creativity and careful focus, you can enjoy dance and what you spend on it.

DIY Costumes

If you don’t already know how to measure and sew, this might seem daunting, but putting in the time to learn this skill will be worth it. Not only will you be able to mend any worn dance attire, but you will also be able to create your own from scratch. And who knows what else you might be able to do with it!

Christy Lyn started sewing and designing dancewear as a hobby, now she is the owner of a fabulous dancewear company unlike any other.

Keep Up With Fees

The easiest way to make dance more expensive than it already is is to collect late fees. Paying $10 here and there for a late costume or recital fee might not seem like a lot, but over time they will start to hurt your budget. Think about other places in dance you could put $10 toward like convention savings or new dance shoes.

Car Pool

One of the most obvious and fun ways to cut back on dance costs is to carpool. Gather all of your dance friends and put together a schedule to save everyone some gas money and give you even more time to hang out together.

Attend Conventions

If you are a multi-talented dancer, you might have a hard time working on every area of your interest without going to multiple studios and complicated class schedules. To help lessen the load, pick a focus at your studio and look for intensives and conventions where you can study multiple genres at once to supplement your dance education.


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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.