Boy Ballerina Costume Ideas

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Boy Ballerina Costume Ideas
Nutcracker costume. (nussknacker image by Frank-Peter Funke from

There are many classic ballets which feature boys in the cast. Classic ballets, such as "The Nutcracker," provide ideas for boys to create their own ballet costume. Boy ballet costumes should be designed with the idea that the boy looks both masculine and graceful. While female ballerinas often wear tutus, male ballet dancers typically wear tights or trousers.


"The Nutcracker" is a ballet that dance companies perform every year during the holiday season. This ballet has a cast of both adults and children. Boys can wear the Nutcracker costume. The Nutcracker is a life-size version of a nutcracker that is both a winter decoration and an actual device that cracks nuts. This costume consists of a large, red or blue military uniform jacket that is double-breasted and worn with a hat. Complete the costume with red or blue tights and ballet slippers.


The mouse costume is another boy ballet costume idea from "The Nutcracker." The costume is made from a thick furry fabric that is medium brown. The mouse costume has a full hood with mouse ears, a tail, and fits around the body, only exposing the arms and legs. Underneath the costume, a boy can wear a light brown, long-sleeve, fitted T-shirt and brown tights. The ballet slippers should also be brown. Complete the mouse costume with face paint for a pink nose and small whiskers.

Peter Pan

"Peter Pan" is the story of a boy who ran away from home because he never wanted to grow up. This ballet costume consists of green short with a zigzag style hem and a v-neck shirt, also with a zigzag hem. The hat is green and comes to a point. Wear this with green tights and green ballet shoes.


The "Hansel and Gretel" ballet is the story of two children, one boy and one girl, who went for a walk in the forest and became lost. They find help and eventually make their way back home. The Hansel costume consists of brown cotton trousers, a white linen shirt; skin-coloured tights and ballet shoes.

Three Boys from the Magic Flute

"The Magic Flute" ballet is about a man who sells birds and becomes intertwined with a missing princess, a prince trying to save the princess, an evil Queen, a priest and a flute that is magic. The three boys appear in the ballet as spirits who aid the prince in finding the missing princess. The boys' ballet costumes consist of light-coloured linen shirts, dark-coloured trousers with suspenders, light-coloured tights and ballet shoes.

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