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  Budget

Talk to your dancers early in the process and get a good idea of what they are prepared to spend on a new costume. Remember to include all the little extras, like hair flowers, jewelry and belts. Does their budget need to be split between multiple costumes or just one per year? Be realistic about the costs involved in putting a look together. Include shipping and tailoring if you feel adjustments may be needed.

Sometimes home sewing can seem like a cheap option, but find out who has the equipment and resources needed. Your dancers may be money rich, but time poor (or the other way around). If one dancer hand sews her costume, another machine sews it, and a third asks a professional to make their costume, you can end up with three very different levels of tailoring.

Buying in bulk can save pennies. If you are looking at untested web sites, start by ordering one costume to better judge the quality and shipping speed. Check how you are protected as a consumer if you order goods from another country.

I find it easier to discuss money outside class time. I set up a questionnaire and welcome private message responses. For example, this year I have asked if the troupe want a new costume of around $150, or a re-vamp of around $100 or to simply re-use an existing costume. By giving your dancers a few options, they can look at their own personal budgeting and be prepared for the expense. If you set the budget too high, you may find your troupe slowly drops in numbers as members might rather drop out than talk about financial difficulties.

As the troupe director you will need to hear everyone's thoughts and then set an achievable budget.

For many tribal dancers their bra is a big investment. Purchasing a bra with a black base means these dancers can update the other elements of their costume each year, but keep the bra. I love the use of metalic fabric with black in the their skirts.

For many tribal dancers their bra is a big investment. Purchasing a bra with a black base means these dancers can update the other elements of their costume each year, but keep the bra. I love the use of metalic fabric with black in the their skirts.

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