Happy Halloween, readers! We asked you to submit photos from your students’ seasonal festivities, and we were impressed to see the results. From town parades to costume class days that raise money for charities, you’ve come up with some inspiring traditions. It may be tough to compete with trick-or-treating, but even if you cancel classes on the day itself, there are plenty of ways to make your studio part of the All Hallow’s Eve fun. Take a look at some of our favorites:
A “Ghostbusters and Zombie Invasion” makes for a wild time at one studio’s official Halloween bash:
Lorraine Judd Dance Center, Seymour, CT
At this Princeton studio, students pay $1 a day to wear costumes to class around Halloween. Proceeds go to Dancevision, a local nonprofit performance and outreach company:
Princeton Dance and Theater Studio, Princeton, New Jersey
These undead dancers perform in their town's annual Halloween Parade:
D.A.N.C.E. by Kristin, Collinsville, CT
Many of your students and staff find creative ways to combine dance and dress-up, like this banana "split" and tutu ghost!
Left: Melinda Leigh Performing Arts Center, Mobile, Alabama; Right: West Carleton School of Performing Arts, Woodlawn, Ontario, Canada
And there’s nothing like studio costume days to showcase the complete cuteness of tiny dancers (and teachers!) dressed as their favorite characters:
Art in Motion School of Dance, Fairfield Township, Ohio
Just Dance AZ, Chandler, Arizona
Miss Linda's School of Dance, Great Falls, Montana
Cortland City Ballet, Cortland, New York
On Stage Dance Studio, Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Dance N Escape Dance Co., Chino, California
Grace Studio of Motion and Dance, Abingdon, Virginia
Michelle's School of Dance, St. Clair, Missouri
bRAVO Theatre Workshops Studio, Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Dance-N-Magic, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dance Unlimited, Buda, Texas
Thanks for your awesome submissions!
All photos courtesy of studios
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