Please take these ideas and use them for yourself or for your
dance group. Please remember also that these are merely suggestions, not what we
think you should wear. These are very basic garments that you can take
and customize with accessories, fabrics, and colors.
PLEASE NOTE THAT VALERIE HENRY DANCE MINISTRIES DOES NOT
OFFER READY-MADE CLOTHING.
THE IDEAS BELOW ARE PRESENTED TO STIR YOUR CREATIVITY BY
CONSIDERING THE USE OF OUR PATTERNS IN YOUR CHURCH MINISTRY.
The Feast Dress in white Silk
Essence. Our model is wearing a leotard, tights, soft ballet shoes,
culottes and the dress.
A versatile full skirt that is light and comfortable for creative
movements. This dress is also very dramatic when made with dark-colored
fabric. By adding shawls and vests the dress can be used for a
wide variety of dance styles and choreographies.
Note how the skirt is transformed into a lovely abstract shape when
turning. Culottes of the same fabric
are worn underneath
This is an Angel Blouse with the
sleeves gathered, and a gold Lame sash. Something to consider when
deciding on costumes is how versatile the main pieces will be when
paired with accessories.
A angelic look is here achieved by using all white costume materials
and gold accents. Our model is wearing a (white) leotard, tights, soft ballet
shoes, Angel Blouse, Circle Skirt, and Culottes.
This picture illustrates the difference between a single (left) and
double (right) skirt. Because the white skirts are somewhat translucent,
our models are wearing culottes underneath.
The double Circle Skirt can be
lifted up as wings, to suggest or represent the Holy Spirit. Here two
dancers portray the Peace of the Spirit descending upon one in prayer.
A very different costume with mostly the same patterns! Our model is
wearing a purple Charmeuse circle skirt, gold lame culottes and a white
Double Georgette angel blouse. The vest is black velvet with gold trim.
We do not have a vest pattern available at this time, however, most any fitted vest
This is the Angel Blouse with the sleeves opened, a overlay and a
purple circle skirt. This is the same blouse as in the previous picture.
The overlay is a thin transparent fabric with gold trim in a starburst
Here again is the purple circle skirt with gold culottes. Most any
skirt will be complemented by a pair of culottes. Contrasting colors
also work nicely, as when spinning, or if the skirt is translucent, a
bit of color shows.
Culottes are good to wear for warming up and rehearsals. It helps to
practice dances wearing something close to the length or weight of the performance
costume. Also culottes are a more modest alternative to loose
Loose clothing over a leotard and tights is recommended for
Cerise models our Child's Dress pattern. Lots of versatility to
allow dance ensembles to make dresses to be worn by many girls.
Adjustable waist allows for different sizes.
Different fabrics for the bodice and skirt portion of our Child's Dress
pattern will allow for a much different look. Find the look that
YOUR group needs!
This is our model, Cerise in the Child's Dress pattern with the suggested
alternative of longer sleeves (not included in the pattern pieces).
Tips and Tricks
- Always wear enough undergarments, for modesty. You never know when
a skirt might fly up or a blouse gape! A leotard and a pair of
tights is probably the easiest and most comfortable.
- Always have lots of safety pins around the day of performance.
Besides the occasional emergency repair, safety pins are really
important for keeping things in place.
- When wearing billowy blouses, always check to make sure that you
can lift your arms without ripping the blouse, if the choreography
calls for it.
- Pair light colors with dark accessories, and vice versa for a
- Consider jewelry, headdresses, and footwear when creating a
costume. Flowered or jeweled headpieces often heighten the 'specialness'
of a sacred dance costume.
- Barefoot is a nice look, and some dancers
may prefer it, but make sure the floor you will dance on doesn't
- Consider using banners, flags, streamers and tambourines in
choreography. It adds to the feeling of joy and thanksgiving, as
well as being reminiscent of Miriam's dance on the shore of the Red
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