CLARA:  Costume Information 

Information is Subject to Change

 Performance Costume:  All costume pieces are numbered.  Costume numbers are assigned at your costume fitting.  You will wear the same costume for all of your performances.  

Performance Hairstyle:  Ballet bun with small curls around the forehead.  Ballet West will provide a ringlet hairpiece for dancers cast as Clara to wear below their bun.  You must have a robe to wear to the wig station to have your ringlet pinned to your hair.  Photos are below.

Clara_Makenzie Hymes     Clara_Makenzie Hymes_frontview


Performance Makeup:  All performance makeup must be applied prior to dancers entering the theater for dress rehearsals and performances.  Parents will be responsible for doing their own dancer’s makeup.  Below is the list of makeup required for Ballet West Nutcracker.  Dancers are allowed to use comparable brands, but the color must be the same.  Please reference the above photos for makeup.

  • Foundation 
  • Ben Nye: Eye Shadow Taupe (ES-34)
  • Ben Nye: Victorian Rose Cheek (DR-61)
  • Ben Nye: Pen Eye Liner – Black Ink (PEL-1)
  • Black or Brown Brow Pencil
  • Black Mascara 

Dancers will wear a face mask for all performances, and therefore will not need to wear lipstick.

Performance Shoes:  Two pairs of pink canvas ballet slippers are required.  For Act 1, Clara wears regular normal pink canvas ballet shoes with pink elastic.  For Act 2, Clara wears pink canvas ballet shoes with ribbons, except for those dancers that have approval from the Artistic Director to wear pointe shoes.  Your shoes must be “performance ready”.  That means the elastics and ribbons are neatly sewn on and that your shoes are clean.  The Student Ballet Master will demonstrate how to sew the ribbons onto your shoes, and how to tie the ribbons.  The satin ribbon color is Ballet Pink and 5/8 inches wide.  Ballet West will supply the ribbons for the Act 2 technique or pointe shoes.  Remember two pairs of shoes are required in your dance bag for just this reason.  One pair can be an old pair.

Please Note:  The wardrobe department does not repair shoes.  

Performance Tights and Leotard:  Ballet pink colored tights with a center back seam.  Ballet West prefers, Bodywrappers #C45 (girls) or #A45 (ladies) in Theatrical Pink.  A flesh tone camisole style leotard with flesh tone or clear elastic straps is required.