A veil is a large piece of fabric that is held between the fingers and is used by the dancer to frame themselves and add a dynamic “dance partner” (catching some big air during turns).
The fabric/colour of your veil is up to you, but you should look for a semi-sheer and light-weight fabric. Chiffon is a little heavier and easier to predict. Silk is lighter so it floats, but does have a mind of its own (a fun game!)
Your veil should be:
- Rectangular (not circle or semi-circle for this class).
- Wide enough to cover from your collarbone to the tip of your middle finger. About 1.0m to 1.5m wide (45″ is standard width).
- Long enough to hang over your extended arm and almost touch the floor with both short-edges. About 2.5m to 3m long (105″ is standard length, but they’re available up to 144″ if you’re a tall mermaid).
Your instructor will have some veils for purchase or you can buy one online from any retailer you’d like. You can even get creative and cut/make your own so that your veil can be as unique as you are.
There will be a very limited number of veils available to use for the first class.