When you’re a dancer, your body is your instrument, yet “playing” it often requires a variety of items, which is why dancers lug around those enormous bags. Like a plumber who discovers he doesn’t have the right size wrench, there’s nothing worse than being at a dance lesson and finding yourself without the tools you need. So as you start to gear up for the new season of classes, use this handy checklist to make sure your dance bag contains everything you will require to be safe, comfortable, and successful in your dance and movement work.
1. Dance shoes
You will always to have you our basic ballet slippers or jazz sneakers, make sure to pack shoes for all the specialty dance forms you can do, such as tap or pointe work.
2. Extra tights, leotard, and warm-ups
In case of tears, runs, stains, or excessive sweating, you want to have a backup pair of tights and a clean leotard. And as temperatures in studios and theaters are unpredictable and can vary widely, it is important to have warm-up clothes that you can layer on top and remove easily.
3. Hairbrush, comb, elastic ties, barrettes, pins, and hairspray
Dancers in particular need to be meticulous in sporting a neat hairstyle that will stay in place and not interfere with their movements. It never hurts to have extras in case you are rushing out the door or a friend forgets one!
If you’re doing it right you should sweat profusely. This is especially important for fierce Nebraska winters. Never outside with a wet a head or body.
No one likes working with a dancer who stinks up the studio.
6. Perfume or cologne
On those busy days when you don’t have time to shower after rigorous classes or, a quick squirt of a mild cologne can make you feel and smell fresh.
7. Antiseptic wipes
Good for cleansing a minor cut or scrape or even just dirty hands, particularly when it’s inconvenient for you to leave the studio.
8. Antibiotic ointment
To prevent infection, you should apply something like this immediately after cleansing any kind of cut, scrape, or tear of your skin.
A large assortment of these is always important! You never know when a booboo will strike, especially in dance.
10. Breath fresheners
I mean, who doesn’t need one every now and again. Also, a great way to make friends!
11. Water bottle
WATER WATER WATER! It is vital that you stay hydrated during lessons and rehearsals. It’s smart to have a plastic bottle that you can easily refill from a water fountain or sink.
12. Healthy Snack
Dancer’s bodies need fuel. Most dance nutritionists advise eating small amounts of food periodically throughout the day. So especially on those days when you’re had to rush to class and didn;t have time for a full meal you should be sure to have a healthy snack in your dance bag to keep you going. Also, it’s usually less expensive to bring your own snacks from home on a regular basis. The most recommended snacks for dancers are nuts and fruit.
13. Plastic bag
To store sweaty (ewwww!) dance clothing, towels, etc. and keep the other items in your bad clean and safe from damage.
17. Notebook and pen
You never know when you’ll need to record an important piece of advice.
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