What's In My Dance Bag?
Updated: Jan 7, 2019
Everyone knows a dancer keeps her shoes in her dance bag, but keep reading for a list of my dance essentials that I keep stashed in my bag somewhere among the lost bobby pins...
1. First Aid Kit
Sometimes we take for granted that facilities will have enough supplies such as adhesive bandages, ice packs, and pain relievers. Make sure you're prepared to dance through anything by having these with you at all times!
2. Nail Polish Remover
For the mani-pedi lovers out there, pick up some nail polish remover in case you or a student forgets to take polish off before a performance or audition. For less mess, try remover wipes. While you're at it, throw some clear nail polish in your bag in case of runs in your tights!
3. Juicebox/Granola Bar
Before you say juice boxes and snack bars are childish, there's a reason we give this stuff to kids: They're packed with energy, and 'hanger' is real. Toss a juice and snack in your bag for the long rehearsals or teaching days. If you're happy, everyone else will be, too. (Just keep an eye on the nutrition facts and watch the added sugars!)
4. Bluetooth Speaker
I threw one of these in my bag on a whim when I was gifted an extra one, but this is by far the most useful thing in my bag -- including my ballet shoes! From a rehearsal space not having an aux cord to outdoor rehearsals and performances, my bluetooth speaker is essential. I use the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker, which is on the pricier end, but it offers a rechargeable battery and is waterproof . However, any bluetooth speaker that works for you is perfect.
Last but definitely not least: hairspray. Keep a bottle handy for yourself and others. It gives you a finished and polished look, which will make you stand out on stage, in auditions, and in class. Nothing distracts more from your dancing than you reaching up to adjust your ponytail every few moments. This quick fix will go a long way.
What do you keep in your dance bag that I should have in mine? Let me know down below!