As you get ready for the next dance season and are preparing for auditions, classes and performances, it’s important to make sure that your dance bag contains all the essentials so that you can have the most successful and comfortable term!
We’ve done some research and spoken to dancers to find out what their necessities are to ensure you have everything you need in your bag for going ‘Back to Class’ in September:
Your greatest investment – ensure these are always looked after and not dispersed around the house. It could be hard to perfect your routines without having the correct shoes, so the safest place to keep them is your dance bag!
Extra Tights, Leotard & T-Shirt
You need to have appropriate attire for every class and often, extras! Store tights in their own sealable bag within your dance bag to make sure that they don’t get snagged or damaged.
Hairbrush, Pins, Hair Bands & Hairspray
There’s no such thing as too many hair accessories and we all know how easy it is for hair pins to just disappear and bands to snap – make sure you stash extras in your bag. You’ll always have fellow dance friends ‘borrowing’ these, too!
Water & a Healthy Snack
Always have these with you! It’s important that you are permanently hydrated and especially during long days of auditions and dance classes. Make sure you also carry a snack in case of your schedule changing or if you can’t get out at lunchtime. We’d recommend fruit, nuts or a protein bar to fight hunger!
Even going into the Autumn term when the weather is getting cooler, dancers sweat! Make sure you always carry a towel to freshen up between classes.
Again, you’ll be working really hard to meet your goals and dancers sweat! Ensure you’re always smelling fresh (and especially when you have classes with partner or group work!)
Notepad and Pen
You never know what routines or ideas you’re going to have to make a note of – make sure these items are always at hand! And, if you ever get a quiet five minutes, doodling is a great way to declutter your brain!
Portable Sewing Kit & Pins
Your mum won’t want to sew your ribbons forever & she definitely won’t be on hand if something goes wrong mid-rehearsal. Make sure you have these on you (and know how to use them!) in case of an emergency!
Plasters and Blister Plasters
Unfortunately, ‘hurts’ happen, especially when you’re breaking in new pointe shoes! Don’t get caught out without plasters and particularly blister plasters! Make sure you are comfortable for all rehearsals and aren’t left with a sore blister!