A dancer is not just something you do, it is something you are. A dancer takes advantage of every opportunity to hone her craft. Studio time is precious and she will never waste it. Minor problems like not having something you need with you can ruin your practice and can destroy your schedule.
There are some essentials that great dancers agree that they always have in their dance bag. We will share with you the top 20 items you should never be without.
- Dance tights, leotard, leg warmers
Your body must be supported and protected. A run in your tights can allow you to become uncomfortable and your legs are unprotected. Great dancers always have an extra of each of these with them at all times.
- Dance Shoes
This is a necessity. Not wearing the proper shoes is like driving without the proper tires on your automobile. You may get to your destination, but you could do a lot of damage on the way. Always have an extra pair of dance shoes in your bag.
- Hair brush, hair ties, barrettes or hair pins, hair products
A dancers hair must be controlled. Nothing will distract you more than hair that is continually falling in your face.
You always need a clean towel to wipe away sweat or to freshen up with after practice.
- Baby wipes, deodorant, and body spray
There are times when you simply do not have access to a shower for whatever reason. In that situation, wiping down with a few baby wipes will refresh you and some deodorant or body spray will give you a fresh scent until you can shower properly.
- Breath mints & personal products
After a hard workout or a routine, you want to freshen up. A breath mint is necessary. Keep personal products on hand as well. Moisture is a fact of life with dancing, and a panty liner sometimes saves the day and keeps you from chafing.
- A water bottle
Water is not always around when you need it, but it is always important. Keep a water bottle with you.
- Disposable razor
You are in the middle of a costume change and realize you need a touch-up. You need to have a razor with you for this situation. Unsightly hair is a no-no.
- Assorted band-aids
Keep assorted sizes of band-aids on hand for minor scrapes or for blisters or an area where a costume is rubbing your skin.
- Basic makeup
You do not have to take your entire dressing room, but you should keep the essentials of your makeup with you. Some powder to freshen your face, a little lip gloss, and an eyeliner will probably do the trick. You want to look pretty when you meet your fans.
- Plastic bag
- Protein bar
- Note pad and pen
- Extra photograph and resume (you never know who you will meet)
These items should be rotated and kept in pristine condition so they are ready for use when you need them. A good dancer is like a boy scout. She is always prepared!