Students wishing to perform are required to purchase a school costume for their current division and level.
General & Brandon Divsion
General & Brando Division School costumes range in price from $125 - $350, depending on the dancers level and age.
Additional items such as poodle socks and Irish dance shoes are necessary. Irish dance wigs are optional.
2017 - 2018 Costume Information
Winnipeg General Division dancers levels Beginner, Novice, and Preliminary will have a new costume for the season. Costume fees will be due at the end of October and fittings will begin in November in order to have costumes ready for March performances. All efforts will be made to keep costumes afforable and estimates are $150 - $200, depending on the dancer. New General Division costumes will be used for a minimum of 2-3 years.
Performance Division dancers require a class costume ranging in price from $350 - $500, a solo costume, and may required additional show costumes.
Additional items such as poodle socks, tights, Irish dance shoes, and wigs are necessary.
2017 - 2018 Costume Information
Performance Division dancers will continue to use the Black School Dress for the 2017 - 2018 Season. In addition, Performance Division dancers will require a solo dress ( approved by the school prior to purchase or design).
New show costumes will also be required for the 2017 - 2018 Season. Show costumes estimates are $200 - $250 and costume fees will be due in October.
Competitive students require a school costume for Bungrad & Ullmhuchan levels. Dancers may also wear a skirt and blouse for solo competitions. Solo costumes are permitted in Meangrad and higher levels. Dancers who participate in team competitions will require a competitive team costume.
2017 - 2018 Competitive Costume Information
Team costumes are dependant on age and level and include the Black School Costume used for Performance & Intermediate - Advanced General Division, or the new 2017 - 2018 General Division Beginner to Preliminary Costume.
Additional items such as poodle socks, Irish dance shoes are also necessary. Irish dance wigs are optional for solo competitions and required for team competitions.
Irish Dance Wigs
Irish dance wigs are optional for all General Division & Competitive Division Students. Many of our dancers prefer to wear Irish dance wigs for the convenience and to keep with the current styles
Wigs are available in many different styles and shades. We recommend dancers choose a shade as close to their own as possible.
Wig Options - Pony Tail, Bun Wig, 3/4 Cap, and Full Wigs
Dancers in our General & Competitive Divisions may choose any style of wig which suits them best or they are fine to wear their natural hair secured or tied back away from their face for performance
WIGS ARE NOT REQUIRED USED FOR FOLKLORAMA PERFORMANCES
McConnell School of Dance recommends the following Wig vendors
Celtic Curls http://www.celticcurls.com/
Irish Wigs https://irishwigs.com/
Steele Celtic Dancewear http://www.irishdanceshoes.com/
Second Hand Costumes and Shoes
Second hand costumes and shoes may be listed on the bulletin board at the studio.
McConnell School of Dance's Annual Shoe Swap - Sept / Oct each season
MSDSA - McConnell School of Dance Student's Association hosts an annual costume swap to assist dancers who wish to sell or purchase Irish dance shoes, costumes, and accessories.
A large selection of 2nd hand costumes, shoes, and dance supplies will be available for sale.
Costume Frequently Asked Questions
When are costume fees due?
Costume fees are due in October / November, depending on dancer's division & level.
Can I rent a school costume if I do not wish to purchase?
A limited number of rental costumes are available. Sizing is limited so please contact us early in the season to reserve.
If a dancer advances levels, do they require a new class costume?
Yes, dancers who progress to higher levels will need a new class costume for their new level.
How long will a class costume be used?
Class costumes are changed every 3- 7 years to keep the designs current. Most dancers grow out of their class costumes and are able to sell their old dress to up & coming students to help offset the cost of a new costume.