Dressing the Part: Our Friendly Guide to Attending the World Ballet Company


Hello and welcome to the World Ballet Company (WBC)! We’re thrilled you’ve secured your tickets to experience the magic of classical ballet with us. As the big day approaches, you might be wondering what to wear to fully enjoy the occasion. Fear not! We’re here to help you with a relaxed and reassuring guide to dressing for a delightful evening of ballet. Whether you adore dressing up or prefer a casual look, our main priority is making sure you feel confident and comfortable during your time with us.

Embrace Elegance and Tradition

At the WBC, we celebrate the grace and beauty of classical ballet. Attending one of our performances often evokes a sense of grandeur and sophistication. Many of our patrons love dressing up to honor the elegance of the art form. Men might
choose to wear a suit or tuxedo, while women may select a cocktail dress or evening gown. If you decide to embrace elegance, rest assured you’ll fit right in.

Adapt to a More Casual Dress Code

We understand that times have changed, and so have societal norms for cultural events, including ballet performances. Here at the WBC, we want you to feel comfortable and welcome, so we fully embrace a more relaxed dress code. It’s not uncommon to see patrons in smart casual or business casual outfits. Men could wear a dress shirt and slacks, while women might pair a skirt with a blouse. The key is to strike a balance between comfort and sophistication so that you feel at ease and respect the ambiance of the theater.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Attire

When deciding on your outfit for a WBC classical ballet performance, it’s essential to consider factors such as the specific performance, the venue, and your personal style preferences.

The Performance: Certain ballet productions within our World Ballet Company may inspire a more elegant dress code, while others might suggest a more casual approach. Researching the specific performance beforehand can help you gauge the atmosphere and dress accordingly.
The Venue: Keep in mind that while each venue hosting a WBC performance might have some ideas about attire, the dress code is optional at every performance. It’s always a good idea to prioritize your comfort and personal style while attending any of our shows.
Personal Style Preferences: Your outfit should ultimately reflect your personal style and make you feel comfortable and confident. If dressing up and reveling in the elegance of ballet brings you joy, go for it! However, if a more laid-back look
suits you better, there’s no need to feel pressured to dress up.

Helpful Tips for Ballet Attire

To assist you in choosing the perfect outfit for a World Ballet Company performance, keep these helpful tips in mind: Prioritize Comfortable Shoes: While it might be tempting to wear your most stylish shoes, remember that you’ll likely be on your feet during intermissions and navigating stairs. Opt for footwear that is both fashionable and comfortable.

Pack a Wrap or Jacket: Theaters can often be cool, so bringing a wrap, shawl, or light jacket can keep you cozy during the performance.
Accessorize Thoughtfully: Accessories can elevate your outfit and add a touch of sophistication. Consider adding a statement necklace, elegant earrings, or a fashionable watch to complete your look.
Consider the Season: The time of year can also influence your choice of attire. In colder months, opt for warmer materials like velvet, while in warmer months, choose lighter fabrics such as silk or linen.


At the World Ballet Company, our main priority is ensuring you have an enjoyable and memorable experience with us. Whether you decide to dress up or keep it casual, we’re excited to welcome you to our celebration of the enchanting world of classical ballet. Now, all that’s left is for you to choose your perfect outfit, and we’ll take care of the rest.

As you prepare for your visit, remember that dressing for a ballet performance is an opportunity to express yourself, celebrate the arts, and enjoy a magical evening. So, no matter what you choose to wear, know that we’re delighted to have you join us for an unforgettable experience at the World Ballet Company.

We look forward to welcoming you soon and sharing the beauty and grace of classical ballet with you.

See you at the theater!

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